How Aluminum Extrusion is Innovating the Solar Energy Industry
Aluminum extrusion is helping to convert sunlight to green power with strong and light-weight state-of-the-art frames and structures for the solar energy industry with components that allow for precision positioning and stability for improved productivity.
Solar energy is an environmentally friendly form of renewable energy. This energy is harnessed using photovoltaic or solar cells in solar panels of varying sizes, which are used to convert solar energy into electricity for residential and commercial applications.
The Benefits of Aluminum Extrusion for Solar Energy
Innovations in aluminum extrusion technology are providing improved stability for solar panels in the field. To maximize efficiency, solar panels need to be positioned with exceptional accuracy. Even minor positional shifts of a few degrees can reduce the power output potential by several percentage points.
Aluminum extrusion can be used to create a comprehensive framework for solar panels in a variety of situations, including frames, supports and connectors. Products made from aluminum offer numerous benefits over other metal choices:
- Aluminum trusses offer a strength that is comparable to heavier steel options so it can maintain the stability needed to resist shifting caused by wind and other stresses on a solar panel array.
- Frames and supports generated by aluminum extrusion are lighter than other metals, making them easier to transport and assemble in remote locations that are common for major solar power stations. This lightweight characteristic is also useful for rooftop solar installations where building specifications have limited capacities for supporting the additional weight of the panels and their substructure.
- Aluminum is corrosion-resistant, adding to the weather-resistant advantages of these solar panel architectures.
- The malleability of aluminum permits flexibility in the design of supports and frames for solar panels. Extruded aluminum tubing can be connected at atypical and exact angles while requiring fewer parts and connections. This provides the necessary accuracy in the alignment of the solar panels for maximum energy yield.
These beneficial properties have made aluminum extrusion the preferred choice of solar energy initiatives all over the world. The ease of transport and assembly make aluminum infrastructure a cost-effective choice while the design potential contributes to greater efficiency in solar power generation.
Continual innovations in aluminum extrusion applications are forming a solid foundation for the expansion of green power from solar energy.