I am building a carport. I am looking for affordable and effective seals to go between the panels to prevent water from leaking through. Some use the term BIPV, building integrated photovoltaics. I want to be able to see the panels from beneath, open air.
Any references on materials and methods would be greatly appreciated. Thanks george
If you manipulate the brackets so that the panel edges are flush with each other, you could just use clear window silicone in a caulking tube to seal all the joints. Silicone is flexible and you can fill a pretty big gap. Keep in mind that solar panels need cleaned a few times a year to keep production up, so your going to want to build a structure that can not only support the weight of the panels, but also you up there wiping them down with windex. You need space to work around, so I don't know that you'll be able to pull off using the panels "as" the roof. You can't stand on the panels.
I intend to try sealing between closely mounted panels using eternabond tape. I've had some over lines of rivets atop a bus for about 6 years and it still looks good..
I intend to hit the panels with a hose as convenient, and scrub with a long handled brush is absolutely necessary. I guess if I really had to get close I would use a railed pallet on the tractor forks... but the panels I have been running for 2 years seem fine without scrubbing.
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