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Energy Innovations to Drive Down the Cost of Solar Energy with Realistic Simulation from Dassault Systèmes

Energy Innovations to Drive Down the Cost of Solar Energy with Realistic Simulation from Dassault Systèmes

Abaqus FEA from SIMULIA Provides Robust Analysis Capabilities to Accelerate Innovations for Sustainable Living  

Paris, France and Providence, R.I., USA, April 8th, 2009 — Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Energy Innovations, Inc., a developer of High Concentration Photovoltaic (HCPV) commercial solar products that maximize the capture of energy from the sun, is making the use of solar energy a more cost-effective and intelligent consumer investment with the help of Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) software from the DS SIMULIA® brand. Reducing the cost of solar energy is an important factor in encouraging its use and reducing CO2 emissions from electricity generated by fossil fuels.

Energy Innovations’ flagship product line, the Sunflower™ integrates photovoltaic modules, advanced tracking, unique power optimization, an embedded controller and wireless communication to produce cost-competitive solar power while reducing installation and maintenance costs. The technology is the first and only solar concentrator to earn a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listing - UL is the trusted resource across the globe for product safety certification and compliance solutions. By using Abaqus FEA to simulate the effects of nonlinear materials and loads such as gravity, wind, and shipping loads on their designs, Energy Innovations has been able to optimize their unique concentrating photovoltaic design product.

“Abaqus FEA provides the usability and robustness we need to evaluate realistic performance during the design phase,” stated Mindy Jacobson, Lead Engineer, Energy Innovations. “By leveraging realistic simulation solutions from SIMULIA, we are able to develop the most cost-efficient design, which is helping us drive the price of solar-electricity below the price of fossil-fuel electricity.”

“We are dedicated to providing realistic simulation solutions that enable companies such as Energy Innovations to develop lower cost renewable energy products,” stated Ken Short, VP Strategy and Marketing, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes. “Abaqus FEA offers proven analysis capabilities that are used to evaluate real-world performance earlier in the development cycle, thereby accelerating the delivery of innovative products that have a positive impact on our environment and society.”

About Energy Innovations, Inc.

Energy Innovations was founded in 2001 by entrepreneur and current CEO, Bill Gross, and has assembled a world-class team of experts in the fields of solar concentration and tracking to deliver cost-effective, grid-competitive solar electric power. The company is developing the Sunflower line of concentrated photovoltaic products with a focus on bringing the cost of solar below that of utility-supplied electricity.

Energy Innovations is an operating company of Idealab, a creator and operator of technology businesses.  


SIMULIA is the Dassault Systèmes brand that delivers a scalable portfolio of Realistic Simulation solutions including the Abaqus product suite for Unified Finite Element Analysis, multiphysics solutions for insight into challenging engineering problems, and SIMULIA SLM for managing simulation data, processes, and intellectual property. By building on established technology, respected quality, and superior customer service, SIMULIA makes realistic simulation an integral business practice that improves product performance, reduces physical prototypes, and drives innovation. Headquartered in Providence, RI, USA, SIMULIA provides sales, services, and support through a global network of regional offices and distributors. For more information, visit .

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences.  Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit .

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.

Dassault Systèmes Press Contacts:

Tim Webb (SIMULIA)                                             +1 (401) 276-8105

Derek Lane (DS Americas)                                 +1 (818) 673-2243

CJ Lin (DS AP)                                                                +86 21 3856 8039

Arnaud Malherbe (DS EMEA)                 +33 (0)1 55 49 87 73


Date: April 8, 2009