CertainTeed boosts rated power of its Apollo solar systems

CertainTeed

CertainTeed Solar has increased the rated power in its Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing systems. Apollo II now offers 63 watts of rated power, improving on both the performance and the economics of CertainTeed Solar roofing systems.

“The power increases to our Apollo II line reflect CertainTeed’s continuous commitment to the improvement of our products,” said Mark Stancroff, director of CertainTeed Solar. “Plus the low-profile appearance of these integrated systems lets installers offer solar solutions to customers who may be deterred by aesthetics of rack-mounted systems.”

Apollo II and Apollo Tile II modules are manufactured in the United States using foreign and domestic components and are backed by the strongest warranty in the solar industry which covers the products and the professional installation of the system for up to 25 years.

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Sherex Fastening Solutions debuts new wedge locking washer

Sherex Fastening Solutions, a global leader in engineered fasteners, tooling, and automation, is pleased to announce the launch of a new wedge locking washer product line.

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“The TEC Series product line adds another fastening solution to our portfolio, continuing our 35 year tradition of developing innovative, lowest total installed cost fastening solutions for our valued customers,” says President Adam Pratt, “TEC Series washers are a high quality, high performance, cost-effective solution to the challenge of securing joints that experience severe vibration and load.”

Sherex’s March 2016 acquisition of Disc-Lock International, the originator of wedge locking technology, laid the foundation for the development of the TEC Series product line. Sherex leveraged its world-class R&D team, global manufacturing capabilities, and seasoned technical sales professionals, to build off of the Disc-Lock technology to develop this new product line.

This launch is the first step in a multi-year development program, and comes from a technical team with over 100 years combined experience in the development and sale of wedge-locking technology.

TEC Series washers were tested extensively on Junker vibration machines throughout the development process, and consistently protected joints under severe vibration and load. “We are thrilled to report that TEC Series washers meet or exceed the performance of current offerings in the marketplace, ”says Pratt.

TEC Series washers will be stocked in strategic locations throughout North America to provide short lead times to customers.

“Our customers have come to expect best-in-class performance, quality, availability, and value,” says Pratt, “and we look forward to introducing additional innovative solutions in the near future.”

TEC Series washers are available in standard and large outer diameter styles in carbon steel and stainless steel, in sizes from M3 (#5) through M72 (3”). Sherex’s engineering and technical sales team is available to custom design products with special dimensions, materials, and coatings.

With locations in the USA, Mexico, and Taiwan, Sherex products are manufactured to the highest quality standards in accordance with TS16949 and AS9100 certifications and ISO 9001:2008 accredidation. Sherex Fastening Solutions leverages engineering capabilities to meet customer specific needs and provides exceptional customer service and support throughout the sale.

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TrueLook offers new 20 megapixel camera for construction jobsites

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TrueLook is now offering a 20-megapixel camera system to construction companies across the U.S. and Canada. With this new technology, these companies will now be able to monitor construction jobsites for security, progress reporting and compliance with larger, sharper images and improved digital zoom capabilities. TrueLook’s 20-MP camera is the first and only DSLR camera on the market to come standard with live streaming video and security recording.

TrueLook’s 20-MP camera system provides the following benefits:

• Sharper images – The images are larger by definition making them the sharpest images available for the construction jobsite. The digital single-lens reflex (DLSR) lens makes this camera more responsive resulting in sharper images.

• Convenience – The cameras employ remote auto-focus via the TrueLook interface making it easier to gain sharp focus for the camera at the jobsite. This camera also offers live streaming video and 24/7 security recording – both at 1080p resolution. By its nature, a 20-MP camera employs enhanced digital zoom which adds to the convenience of getting the precise image needed from the jobsite.

• Quality – The cameras deliver images at more than twice the resolution than 4K cameras that are on the market today. The resulting quality of photos and video available from the jobsite are higher than previous models.

“Many of our clients have requested DSLR lens technology,” Pittman said. “With the new lens technology combined with the other features on the 20-megapixel camera, our clients will see even more detail of their construction site with these reliable, secure camera systems. These new cameras take jobsite viewing and security to another level.”

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New high-density, five-degree solar racking system available from Ecolibrium Solar

Ecolibrium Solar just announced its new EcoFoot5D High Density 5-Degree Racking System. Built on the well-known EcoFoot Modular Platform, the EcoFoot5D combines a small 7-in. by 16.7-in.  roof-friendly modular base and dense 9.9-in. inter-row spacing. The result is a tightly packed array that delivers 18.4 percent more power than 10-degree systems.

Ecolibrum racking

New high-density EcoFoot5D 5-Degree Racking System from Ecolibrium delivers 18.4 percent more power than 10-degree systems, utilizing a small footprint and densely packed inter row spacing.

“Developers asked for a high-density solution that installs as easily as our EcoFoot2+ product. We’re very pleased to announce the EcoFoot5D. Customers have experienced the simple work flow and cost-saving logistics of the EcoFoot platform and wanted to use the same technology for 5-degree installations,” says Sam Veague, chief operating officer for Ecolibrium Solar.

EcoFoot5D is comprised of five preassembled components and requires only one tool for installation. Bases fall into alignment as modules are placed. Preassembled parts eliminate the need for PV panel preparation. The combined effect is an organized workflow and non-stop installation process from box to roof.

Ecolibrium ballast

Stackable EcoFoot5D High-Density bases enable a huge per-pallet shipping capacity. Fewer pallets are required, minimizing shipping storage and onsite crane use.

“It’s so simple, there is no training required. It is literally a 5-minute learning curve,” says Ecolibrium Solar’s Product Solutions Manager Jonah Coles. “Once installers have used the EcoFoot modular platform, there is no going back.”

System advantages include streamlined logistics due to the low part count and Bases that stack to deliver 290kW of Bases on one standard pallet. Installation is easy from start to finish, aided by accessible and protected wire management. Wires are covered by the system yet easy to access throughout the life of the system via a removable Wind Deflector. Ballast blocks are easily placed between rows in the Ballast Tray, eliminating under-module ballast placement and awkward reaching.

Ecolibrium

Suited for modules ranging from 32-50mm, the clean aesthetics and low profile are perfect for residential and commercial flat-roof installations. EcoFoot5D is backed by a 25-year warranty.

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Details on LG, Enphase panel partnership that debuted at Intersolar

Module-level electronics are being integrated into panels by OEMs more and more to streamline installations and reduce costs. At Intersolar 2017, the solar industry’s newest power couple announced its debut: LG and Enphase.

LG Enphase ACE panel

Meet LG’s NeON 2 ACe – an AC module that combines LG’s NeON 2 technology with Enphase’s IQ6+ microinverter.

“This changes the basic architecture of an install – the goal is to see the inverter go away and to go plug-and-play,” LG noted at the press event. “This also makes warehousing easier by reducing part count.”

Product Details

LG enphase AC module

  • With this setup, you are able to connect the AC modules without an additional trunk cable, which minimizes cable complexity on the roof.
  • Minimize installation time by reducing connecting work. The DC connection and operation are tested during manufacturing.
  • In view of environment, water-proof capability of the junction box has been improved with an IP 68 Rating
  • Beyond the physical enhancements, the NeON 2 ACe provides an integrated web-based solution. Monitor power generation through the internet, anywhere and anytime and utilize an automatic problem diagnosis function.
  • With LG AC Module mobile app, it’s possible to set up all monitoring configuration steps. A gateway automatically detects and registers AC module through Broadband PLC line once it is connected to powerline.
  • Along with ease of installation, going all low voltage AC means a safer installation too as well as automatically complying with NEC 2014/2017, Rule 21(CA), Rule 14H(HI), UL 1741SA.

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