Windtunnel tests at University of Eindhoven
Bert Blocken , hoogleraar Bouwfysica aan de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Windtunnel tests at University of Eindhoven

Wind tunnel tests and computer simulations at TU/Eindhoven have shown that the Solarge DUO panels experience low wind loads, resulting in a significantly lighter mounting system.

Solarge guarantees reliable and fast installation of its solar panels. In order to ensure this, aerodynamic tests and computations have been being carried out at Eindhoven University for Technology. The department overseeing these tests and calculations is lead by professor Bert Blocken. His team helped with getting the unofficial marathon world record under two hours and scientifically advised the successful Jumbo Visma cycling team in winning important time trials. Aerodynamics shows that it comes down to details and having insight into how mechanisms work.

By using composites as the base for the Solarge solar panel it is possible to work with new structures, which can not be used for conventional panels made of glass and aluminum. These structures allow Solarge to produce ‘east/west’ facing panels from one large 72 cell panel, for example, the Solarge DUO. The wind tunnel measures the lift and drag forces on the mounted solar panels with given wind conditions. Computer simulations are used to make incremental improvements to the panels.

This collaboration with TU/Eindhoven not only ensures that the Solarge panels are safe, it also creates opportunities for smart design that reduce the installation components required and shorten the installation time. Similar to sports, it is a process of continuous improvement. 

Based on the results Solarge is certain that improvements are possible in the upcoming years, making the installation of the panels more sustainable and cost-effective considering the complete BOS (Balance of Systems).