New Roll-A-Rack System Enables Solar Panels On Ballasted Roofs Without Additional Weight
CLEVELAND, September 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Roll-A-Rack, a Cleveland company developing alternative racking systems for solar panels has developed an innovative new product that allows solar panels to be installed on ballasted membrane roofs without compromising the structural design of the roof.
Ballasted membrane roofs rely on an evenly distributed weight for their structural support, but the design often leaves little room for additional loads, such as solar panels. The extra weight of solar energy can easily exceed the physical limit of a roof.
However, Roll-A-Rack has developed an ingenious 12 inch metal channel rack that evenly distributes existing roof ballast while also securing solar panels. The roof ballast, along with the weight of the solar panels, ensures a good fixation of the roof without adding weight and compromising its integrity.
“Roll-A-Rack makes solar energy feasible for almost all ballasted membrane roofs without adding extra deadload,” said Don Scipione, founder of the company. “Our system ensures that the weight of the solar panels and the racking system become part of the ballast that holds the roof.
The Roll-A-Rack membrane roof solution is described in a technical poster: “Solar Racking for Ballasted Membrane Roofs” at Solar Power International Smart Energy Week Digital Poster Program, September 28-29, 2021.
Roll-A-Rack is looking for developers and installers of solar panels to commercialize the installation processes. To learn more about becoming a Roll-A-Rack or becoming a beta tester, visit roll-a-rack.com., e-mail [email protected], or download the informative flyer.
Roll-A-Rack and its product development research is funded in part by a grant from the US Department of Energy Office for Solar Energy Technologies.
About Acme Express: dba as Roll-A-Rack
Acme Express, Inc. is a technology company that develops technologies for the transportation, finance, education, healthcare and renewable energy sectors. The company has received multiple innovation grants from Ohio Third Frontier, the United States Department of Education, the National Center for Research Resources, the National Library of Medicine and the United States Department of Energy.
About the Solar Energy Technologies Office
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