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    Default Frame for solar panels

    Morning all, from a lovely sunny Cornwall!

    I'm after a frame being made for my solar panels (to be purchased). Meself, and the other half, aren't really frame makers and we don't want it to look overly botched

    Can anyone recommend either someone who can make them or something that we could adapt (we're not bad at adapting).

    Thanks all

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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    I approached a food grade stainless steel company which weld and make stuff for industry. Most major cities have them.. They quite enjoyed the project actually but you'll need be specific with your drawing. Also much food grade stainless is brushed and not polished. You'll want to ask for polished to prevent corrosion.

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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    Oh and phoenix316.co.uk will do all that in Plymouth.
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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    I'd consider having the frame in aluminium to save weight. Ali does not need polishing and is easier to drill to fix to a gantry or part of the boat if you are fixing direct.

    You could buy alloy angle and then use a structural (metal) adhesive.

    https://youtu.be/5G6Y_SPTfpE

    There are adhesive tapes which do the same job.
    Last edited by sarabande; 22-05-19 at 08:03.
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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    Quote Originally Posted by northcave View Post
    Oh and phoenix316.co.uk will do all that in Plymouth.
    Thank you

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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    Quote Originally Posted by sarabande View Post
    I'd consider having the frame in aluminium to save weight. Ali does not need polishing and is easier to drill to fix to a gantry or part of the boat if you are fixing direct.

    You could buy alloy angle and then use a structural (metal) adhesive.

    https://youtu.be/5G6Y_SPTfpE

    There are adhesive tapes which do the same job.
    I feel a project coming on Thank you.

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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    Quote Originally Posted by sarabande View Post
    I'd consider having the frame in aluminium to save weight. Ali does not need polishing and is easier to drill to fix to a gantry or part of the boat if you are fixing direct.

    You could buy alloy angle and then use a structural (metal) adhesive.

    https://youtu.be/5G6Y_SPTfpE

    There are adhesive tapes which do the same job.
    I made my own using aluminium. They have worked well over the last 10 years ( UK and the Med) I used L section angle and just bolted it together. They hinge on the top pulpit rail and so hinge in one direction only using aluminium stays to adjust.

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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    Quote Originally Posted by pcatterall View Post
    I made my own using aluminium. They have worked well over the last 10 years ( UK and the Med) I used L section angle and just bolted it together. They hinge on the top pulpit rail and so hinge in one direction only using aluminium stays to adjust.
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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    I'm unsure of how aluminium fairs long term being vibrated? Stainless tends to flex a little and bend. When is very windy out 360w of panels hanging off the back of our goal posts can vibrate a little. I do wonder if aluminium would fair as well?

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    Default Re: Frame for solar panels

    Just found some useful videos for small frames.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ar+panel+frame

    NorthC, I think Alskade is looking at a medium sized PV panel, not a monster one !

    Also

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...nel+frame+boat
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