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Conergy uses aircraft engineering for solar rooftop rack solution

Conergy is introducing a solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting system for industrial flat roofs, SolarFamulus Air, developed by an aircraft construction engineer.

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The lightweight solar PV mounting system is said to benefit from optimum aerodynamics and minimum roof load – the principle being similar to that of the spoiler on a racing car, as the baffles help to significantly reduce vertical, lifting stresses caused by wind.

The SolarFamulus Air solar PV mounting rack's aerodynamic shape together with its own weight and the use of minimal additional ballasting hold it in place on the roof – without any roof penetration.

"Many years of experience have been put into developing this lightly ballasted system that requires no roof penetration," says Conergy Product Manager Eike Frühbrodt.

"And the SolarFamulus Air has huge potential: The majority of industrial flat roofs today are lightweight roofs that are only designed to support small loads – in Germany alone it is estimated that there are over 7 million m2 of flat roofs in commercial use."

Conergy will present the solar PV mounting rack at Intersolar in Munich, 8 - 10 June 2011.

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