Steel is widely used in the building, manufacturing, and construction of solar support structures. The use of steel tube, lip channel, open profile, and sheet metal has numerous advantages including structural integrity, the extended life span of pre-galvanized and 3CR12 material, and is 100% recyclable.
Steel tube and open profile are also highly customizable, allowing designers and structural engineers to design structures from various materials such as higher strength galv, reducing the overall weight of the structure allowing for more economical designs.
By manufacturing these structures out of steel tube and profile you can create sturdy structures for the panels to sit on which prevents the panels from being damaged. These steel structures are commonly designed using a torque steel tube allowing the solar panels to tilt and move in the direction of the sun, allowing for maximum exposure.
These solar steel mounting structures can be mounted in various places and locations such as rooftops, carports to even floating solar structures. Solar systems are usually intended to function for 20-25 years therefore the choice and the strength of the material is important, this is usually established by the predefined geographical location/environment in which the structures are going to be installed. Common material types used in solar include high strength pre-galvanized and 3CR12 steel tubes, open profile, and sheet metal.
Solar panel mountings refer to how these solar panels are secured into place. Some various structures and designs allow for manufacturing flexibility and ultimately greater solar generation.
The steel used within the solar racking structures must be able to sustain climatic loads as they will be exposed to extreme weather conditions this is where Z275 Pre-galvanized tubing comes in, this tubing is coated in a layer of zinc that acts as a corrosion protective later ultimately protecting your tubing for the future. High tensile material is also often used as this material offers greater strength and saves on weight, therefore, reducing the overall net weight of the structures, this may be beneficial when you intend to install these structures on top of a rooftop, etc. High tensile steel also helps with high stress that may occur from possible gusts of wind etc.