WASI Solar establishes close partnership with PanelClaw

Source: Wagener & Simon WASI GmbH & Co. KG

WASI Solar, the Business Unit of the Wuppertal-based Wagener & Simon WASI GmbH & Co. KG, has concluded an expansive cooperation agreement with PanelClaw. In the scope of this agreement, WASI Solar is responsible for the sales, project planning and assembly of the special substructures for industrial flat roofs of the US manufacturer outside of North America. PanelClaw stands for the development of innovative and efficient mounting systems which, due to their few, perfectly coordinated components, allow for very quick installation times. The US company has already had great success with these solutions on the American market.

"PanelClaw is currently the manufacturer with the most innovative mounting systems for solar installations on industrial flat roofs. For this reason, we are happy to have successfully agreed on such a close cooperation with our new partner," Thomas Fisher says, Head of the Business Unit WASI Solar. "We see great market opportunities in Europe for PanelClaw products, which ideally complement our strengths – our know-how, our certified qualities and our international project experience. With this cooperation, we have created the ideal conditions to expand our market share for the installation of flat roof systems."

Simple systems secure low costs

PanelClaw has set the goal of manufacturing mounting systems for photovoltaic plants with the lowest life-cycle costs. The products are distinguished above all by their great simplicity: Only few, perfectly coordinated components allow for a fast yet secure installation of a photovoltaic plant on a flat roof. Refined technology and aerodynamics allow the systems to be installed without the installer having to penetrate the sensitive roof cladding or accidentally damaging it during installation.

The strain on the roof cladding is also reduced in virtue of the fact that an extremely small workforce is required for installing the system: three people can install 160 modules per day. Moreover, the trackless design allows for unimpeded water drainage and quick, uncomplicated and effortless maintenance of the plant and the entire roof. In this way, the systems provided by PanelClaw keep life-cycle costs low and increase the profitability of a photovoltaic plant.

Polar Bear: Three main components, two screw connections

Polar Bear, the main system manufactured by PanelClaw, consists of one five individual parts: The three main components, i.e. the module clamp, wind deflector and module rack, and two screw connections. It is available in both aluminium and G90 steel, and the roof-protective coating is made from recycled rubber. The plant weight ranges from 19.5 to 34.2 kilogrammes per square metre.

With a modular angle of 10 to 13 degrees, the optimal wind deflection ensures an effective and natural cooling of the modules. The system has been tested in over 2,400 wind test with wind speeds of up to 193 kilometres per hour.

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