2012 R+D Awards Winner: PV-Pod

The PV-Pod combines a ballast and support system for photovoltaic panels.

Users can fill the PV-Pod with varying volumes of water depending on the local wind-uplift resistance requirements. As a result, the surcharge load added to the roof by the photovoltaic panels' ballast can be optimized.

The PV-Pod is now commercially available for flat-roof installations. Optional interlocking braces can increase the wind load capacity of PV Pods.

The PV-Pod offers flexibility in the positioning and alignment of photovoltaic panels.

Conventional ballast systems rely on concrete blocks, which can damage the roof membrane if dropped.

Weighing 23 pounds when empty, the PV-Pod is portable and designed to be carried on a person's shoulder.

Installation procedure: The empty PV-Pod is placed on a flat roof in the proper position for sun exposure. The PV panel is mounted and fastened onto the PV-Pod, which is then filled with water. The PV arrays are now ready for wiring and interconnections.

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