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SunEdison uses SolidWorks design software to develop affordable solar panel rack mounting system

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article image Using SolidWorks solutions, SunEdison created a mount design that dramatically reduced the cost to install solar panels

SunEdison used SolidWorks Premium design and analysis software as well as SolidWorks Flow Simulation software to develop its Delta Rack rooftop solar panel rack-mounting system.  

SunEdison LLC installs solar systems on customers’ roofs and generates electricity for use locally at a fraction of the cost of traditional power sources.  

With the intent to make solar power a cleaner, more cost-effective alternative for commercial and government customers, SunEdison LLC sought to develop more innovative and affordable ways to mount rooftop panels that would help to lower the cost of solar power.  

SolidWorks Premium design and analysis and SolidWorks Flow Simulation software were selected by SunEdison to develop its Delta Rack rooftop solar panel rack-mounting system for several reasons.  

In addition to ease of use, the design and simulation software supports an iterative approach, provides eDrawings design communications capabilities, and includes integrated structural and fluid dynamics analysis software as well as sheet metal design capabilities.  

The SolidWorks implementation helped SunEdison derive several advantages including significant reductions in system cost and development time, helping the company to develop better products.   

Key results: 

  • Cut solar panel mounting structure costs by 80%
  • Realised 75% reduction in development cycle
  • Decreased wind tunnel expenses
  • Improved design communications

SolidWorks 3D CAD design software is also available in Australia and New Zealand from Intercad .

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