At this year’s Ecobuild, mounting systems manufacturer Renusol is set to present the world’s first universal clamp for mounting photovoltaic (PV) panels which can be used as either mid or end clamp. In order to switch between the mid and end clamp function, the clamp head is simply turned by 90 degrees. Since only one component is needed instead of two, planning, ordering materials and mounting are all made noticeably easier for installers – saving time and money. The new RS1 clamp is height adjustable, making it suitable for all standard framed solar panels.
“There are an incredible number of different PV module mounting clamps on the market, which are often only compatible with individual panel heights. Our aim is to make things as easy as possible for installers and wholesalers. So we have developed a clamp that always fits – one for all. We are proud that we are the first manufacturer to achieve this,” explains Felix Janssen, product manager at Renusol. “We have already presented the new clamp to a handful of customers, who have shown a great deal of enthusiasm for it. Amongst others because the clamp also allows them to make spontaneous changes to the layout on site. If a sudden need arises for more mid or end clamps than originally planned, you don’t need to order new materials, you simply turn the clamp’s head by 90 degrees.”
The RS1 universal clamp is suitable for use with all PV panel frame heights between 30 and 50 millimetres. The clamp can be positioned, adjusted and fixed in the mounting rail with one hand, which is a big advantage for installers, particularly on steep pitched roofs.
“The RS1 clamp also saves on warehouse costs, since wholesalers and project planners need to stock one type of clamp only, that always fits regardless of the solar panels, project or system design,” adds Janssen.
The RS1 clamp has already received TÜV and MCS certification and will be presented to the public for the first time at Ecobuild in London from 3–5 March, 2015.
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