Solar Power International

September 12, 2016 - September 15, 2016
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
United States

Solar power industry experts will converge at the upcoming Solar Power International Conference—the largest solar show in North America, and we can't wait! We have several experts attending the show ready to chat about everything from energy storage and substation engineering to independent engineering and environmental permitting. So, stop by booth #2875 to chat.

One of our expert structural engineers, Steve Gartner, will be presenting during a session and the poster reception. Mark your calendars!

Designing for Durability: Best Practices to Ensure Your PV Array Will Endure

Tuesday, September 13, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Room: N253

Whether on the roof or on the ground, is your PV project designed to endure the test of time and anything mother nature might unleash? This session will review multiple environmental threats that a PV array can face during its design life and discuss current best practices to mitigate the risk of damage in a format that makes them understandable and accessible to the non-engineer. Topics to be covered include wind effects (frequency, load amplification, special wind regions, vibration and fatigue), ice and snow loads, especially in seismically active regions (trackers, rain on snow, drifting) and post foundations (frost jacking, corrosion, load testing). This session will also expose project developers and installers to specific questions they can ask their suppliers.

Beyond the Standard I-Beam Pile: A New Approach that Reduces Costs by Optimizing Your Ground Mount Piles

Tuesday, September 13, 5 - 6 p.m.
Room: LVCC - Level 2

Solar engineering continues to evolve due to our industry's focus on uncovering new ways to improve safety and develop economical designs. Engineering can be economical only if there is a perfect match between standard off-the-shelf products and the project demand loads. Solar photovoltaic installations are complex systems. Efficient designs require thoughtful engineering and project-specific analysis. That's why recent advances in steel I-beam production for solar applications are so exciting. Structural engineers are now able to utilize the benefits of an optimized pile shape to meet demand loads along both the strong and weak axis of the pile while not being forced to overdesign the pile. The weight reduction captured with optimized alternates equates to significant cost-savings for anyone developing a large solar farm. If you are thinking about using standard hot rolled I-beams on your project, attend this poster session to get a real understanding of the differences in project costs that you can experience by using optimized I-beams. See what the process looks like in action by reviewing case studies that highlight the economic benefits and lessons learned from optimized I-beam projects. Compare the results to your own project. With experts in both the pile design and the manufacturing process on hand, you will walk away with a better understanding of how pile design and manufacturing has evolved and see first hand the associated cost savings that will allow you to know when it's the right time to consider this new design option for your next project.

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