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The Robust Framework of Solar Panels: Why Thicker is Often Better

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April 19, 2024

When it comes to the return on your investment in solar panels, durability and robustness can be as important as efficiency. One of the often overlooked aspects that contribute significantly to the resilience of solar panels is the frame. At WINAICO, understanding the role of a sturdy frame has led us to opt for a thicker, 35mm frame on all our panels. Designed to withstand the heavy snow loads of a European winter, this has led to panels that also withstand the harsh environmental conditions in Australia better than other panels in the market.

Designed for Durability

In solar panel construction, the frame is not just a peripheral component; it’s fundamental to the panel’s overall structural integrity and durability. Frames typically serve multiple crucial functions: they protect the edges of the glass, provide a mounting structure for installation, and contribute to the overall rigidity and mechanical strength of the panel.

The support of the frame is crucial in environments that deal with heavy snow loads, strong winds, and other challenging weather conditions. WINAICO’s choice of a 35mm frame isn’t arbitrary—it’s a response to demanding climates that can exert significant pressure on solar installations. This thicker frame ensures that each panel remains intact and functional even under severe stress.

The Weight Compromise

It’s true that a thicker frame means additional weight and WINAICO panels are slightly heavier compared to those with standard frames. However, this is a strategic trade-off for significantly enhanced durability and strength. The robust frame supports the glass and the glass backsheet against mechanical stresses and helps maintain the integrity of the panel over its lifetime.

Benefits of a Sturdy Frame

  1. Enhanced Durability: The robust construction reduces the risk of mechanical damage during handling, installation, and over the lifetime of the panel.
  2. Improved Stability: Thicker frames provide better resistance against wind uplift and can help prevent the panel from flexing, which can lead to microcracks in the solar cells.
  3. Long-Term Reliability: The extra support ensures that the panel will perform optimally over its entire warranted period, which for WINAICO can be up to 30 years.

Testing Beyond Standards

Our commitment to quality and durability doesn’t end at design. WINAICO panels undergo rigorous testing to ensure they meet and exceed the industry standards for extreme conditions. This includes tests for high wind loads, heavy snow, and other environmental impacts that could compromise panel efficiency and longevity. Our 35mm frames have been integral in allowing our panels to achieve certifications that attest to their ability to withstand extreme conditions far beyond typical industry requirements.

In summary, the frame of a solar panel plays a crucial role in its overall performance and durability. By opting for a thicker frame, WINAICO ensures that its panels are not only capable of withstanding harsh conditions but are also built to last, providing reliability and peace of mind to users across the globe. If you’re planning a solar installation in an area with challenging weather conditions, consider the long-term benefits of a sturdy frame in your decision-making.

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