Research and Development
Research-driven engineering is the foundation for SunLink’s energy solutions.
Next Gen R&D
Beyond the wind tunnel and the test lab, SunLink is collecting data to inform our R&D efforts all day, every day from live projects in the field. Internet of Things technology allows us to transform the components on solar installations into physical “networks” by embedding them with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity. The data these IoT components continuously collect enables a new era in R&D and product innovationClick here to read more about SunLink's Next Gen R&D
Wind Tunnel Testing
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
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
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.