Pushing Simulation Technology to the Limits
Drawing on the research, engineering, and manufacturing expertise of its talented staff, Nectar undertook the challenge of optimizing the MegaModule. The firm’s analyst performed more than 100 structural, fatigue, buckling, and deflection simulations to optimize the panel’s support structure. Using advanced integrated finite element analysis tools, Nectar redesigned the MegaModule to use less material and withstand the load conditions associated with wind, snow, seismic events, high humidity, and wide temperature fluctuations, all while ensuring the exacting stability required to concentrate the sun’s rays through the panel’s large CPV lens onto a one-inch-square solar cell. Nectar also developed additional system improvements in weather sealing, adaptive panel support, and overseas shipping configurations.
Cut Production Costs by 24 Percent
Nectar achieved Amonix’s objective, slashing production costs for the MegaModule support structure by a whopping 24 percent. The optimized MegaModule design fully complies with the requirements of ASCE Code 7-05 for withstanding extreme temperature, humidity, wind, snow, and seismic events. In addition to reducing material usage while ensuring performance, Nectar improved the system’s fabrication, assembly, distribution, and installation. Nectar’s work put the world’s largest pedestal-mounted solar panel on an affordable yet solid foundation.