Vallourec’s strong, durable tubes are ideal for a range of solar projects, supporting PV panels, limiting solar farm maintenance and ensuring the safety of the most customized projects.
Hangars with solar photovoltaic panels
Vallourec offers tubing solutions for solar hangars – warehouses with PV panels on the roof for farmers or other applications. Our tubes come in square and rectangular formats, helping to build the main structure and support PV panels.
Our PREON® box software solution enhances cost-effectiveness – reducing material costs up to 30% – by optimizing steel structure based on extremely precise calculations according to Vallourec’s steel products. Combining MSH with unique planning software also drastically reduces construction costs.
Car park shades
Car park shades are designed for large commercial parking spaces in shopping malls, amusement parks and other public areas. They include a horizontal beam and vertical pillars where PV panels can be mounted to generate electricity. Vallourec experts are developing a highly customizable and adaptable design taking full advantage of Vallourec’s seamless tubes with long spanning structures (up to 30 m with 2 pillars).
Vallourec has developed and innovative design with MSH structure containing PV panels that can span rivers.
Concentrated solar power (CSP)
Vallourec is working on producing narrow tubes for concentrated solar power (CSP) applications. Using a series of mirrors, sunlight is concentrated around the top of a tower filled with fluid (e.g. molten salt, water), which heats the liquid to produce energy. For this application, the receiver at the solar tower is equipped with 20 kilometers of tubes.
Vallourec’s tubes with small diameters (50-60 mm) form receiver panels that can absorb energy over a large area. Vallourec’s seamless tubing offers excellent protection against heat, pressure and corrosion.
"Vallourec’s tubes and structural elements allow solar project owners and operators to develop solar trackers, which follow the path of the sun over the course of the day."
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