Acme Express Inc., a Cleveland-based technology development company, developed a new medium for solar panels with a $ 1 million grant from the Small Business Innovation Research Fund of the Office of Solar Energy Technologies in the United States. Energy, so you can research and develop the Roll-A-Rack. The company claims that this new solar panel support system would reduce hardware and installation costs by 33% compared to traditional systems.

How it works.

It works the same as gutters, which are custom made, the machines will produce solar racks on demand.

The Roll-A-Rack single-component rack is significantly simpler than today’s multi-component rack systems, which require more complex assembly.

Acme Express will use the grant to test and refine the Roll-A-Rack. The research aims to improve efficiency, high wind pressure testing and 25 year life testing.

It will change the way solar panels are installed in industry, making solar energy much more accessible and affordable. Additionally, this project leverages a wide range of community resources and Cleveland’s rich engineering and manufacturing expertise.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center advises on wind testing. The Ohio Aerospace Institute supports the commercialization of the products. BT Solar, a local solar installation company, will provide technical support and customer feedback. MAGNET, a non-profit manufacturing consulting firm, validates mechanical design and advises on the strategic development of the company. Case Western Reserve University’s SDLE Research Center will perform accelerated climate testing. The New Tech Machinery division of Mazzella Companies will build the rolling machines and Sheffield Metals International, also a division of Mazzella, will supply the raw materials.

The technology is being tested in the MidTown neighborhood of Cleveland, with support from developers J&M Real Estate Advisors, Hemingway Development and Cumberland Development. Additional testing will be conducted at the Ohio Aerospace Institute, the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center in Warren, Ohio, and the Cleveland Crown City Water Plant. The Greater Cleveland Partnership is helping identify other testing sites across the country.

The Roll-A-Rack is expected to be on the market at the end of 2020. The company is currently working with interested solar installers to assess cost reduction opportunities.

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