Solar Structure Design
Two major types of solar projects are currently being undertaken in India. These are ground mounted projects which generally run into MW and rooftop projects which are of smaller capacity.
Other specialized types of projects such as panels on top of irrigation canal are also being designed. Such projects have been put over Narmada Canal in Gujarat and over Almatti canal in Karnataka. The canal top project at Almatti was designed by Capstone. The canal Refer to Solar project page of our website for details on more solar structure design carried out by us.
Design of module mounting structures for solar panels is a constantly evolving field. In the last few years usage of newer materials such as higher grade cold formed steel, galvalume and custom made sections has reduced the weight of the structures drastically. Further newer techniques such as using guy wires to mount solar panels is now being undertaken in European countries and has also been introduced in India by Capstone for both ground mounted and rooftop projects. These types of structures will further reduce the civil & structural cost component of solar projects.
Another important aspect in the Solar Structure Design is the pile foundations. Design is being carried out with the use of screw piles, rock anchors and ramming type of foundations amongst others. This not only leads to savings in the cost of foundations but also reduces the plant setting up time which is a big constraint for solar companies. With cost of solar panels also coming down in addition to the structure cost, the breakeven period on investment in solar projects has also reduced considerably over the years.
We at Capstone Consultancy Pvt Ltd believe in innovation and technology. The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set a target of achieving 100 GW of solar power by the end of the year 2022. Even though this is an ambitious target, it can be achieved if the growth rate of installations remains same for the next few years.
With reduced tariffs, the cost of designing a Solar Structure has reduced significantly over the years. While the industry has been working on new technology to innovate a cost reduction method to set up a Solar Structure Design, we realized this pressure from our esteemed customers and instead of playing with the quality of The Solar Structure Design to further cut costs, we chose to offer a comprehensive value based product based on our 10 years of experience, strong R&D, and Innovation strengths.
During setting up of a solar power plant, one of the most time consuming activity is to understand the Solar Structure Design which support the solar panels as the designing life of the Module Mounting Structure is 25 years which is same as the design life of a solar plant. It has also be noticed that most of the module mounting structures fall apart in less than 5 years due to poor design or inaccurate installation. At Capstone’s we have various tracker systems which use tensioned Wire Ropes for installation instead of conventional steel structures. We also have floating structures.
At Capstone Consultancy Pvt Ltd designers and fabricators are innovating every day solution to find that perfect combination for the Solar Structure Design which would not only speed up the installation process but also ensure flawless installation with little care.