Research-driven engineering is the foundation for SunLink’s balance of system solutions. Our in-house team partners with the most prestigious universities and structural engineering firms in North America to expand, validate and continuously improve our product line. Over the past five years, SunLink has invested several million dollars in wind tunnel, seismic and other testing programs.
In particular, understanding the wind loads on rooftop solar arrays has been a primary focus of SunLink's research and development efforts from the company's inception. Since 2005, we have worked with the world's leading wind experts to perform hundreds of tests on rooftop solar arrays in a boundary layer wind tunnel. Through this effort, we have developed the most complete set of wind tunnel test data and analysis on this topic in the world. Click here to read more about SunLink's wind tunnel testing program.
SunLink has taken a similar approach to seismic analysis. Through extensive testing and R&D, SunLink has developed advanced performance models of our systems under various seismic conditions, allowing us to support non-penetrating systems even in regions of high seismicity. Click here to read more about SunLink's seismic testing program.
Other R&D Activities
Our R&D program also includes extensive finite element analysis, mechanical load testing, structural frame analysis, electrical bond testing, wire management modeling, time and motion studies, and materials environmental testing.
Superior Products and Services
For our customers, SunLink’s R&D commitment translates into both superior products as well as the ability to support project permitting in virtually every wind, snow and seismic zone in North America. From the moment a project is initiated, the SunLink team leverages proprietary advanced computer modeling techniques and our extensive database of testing results to ensure our designs will perform on a given project site in response to its unique structural and environmental conditions and safety and performance requirements.