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Old 06-02-2015, 01:04 PM   #21
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Out of curiosity, does anyone know how ETI typically mounts these panels? Are they angled or flat? Raised or flush? After reading about this, mounting becomes a very important design consideration.
Solar panels need to have backside clearance for cooling of the cells; the efficiency drops off quick it their temp is too high.
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:11 PM   #22
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Yes sir, I stand corrected. The 4 bolts are attached to two rails that are epoxied to the top. I certainly typed before my mind was engaged at breakfast this morning. Sorry.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:44 PM   #23
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Yes sir, I stand corrected. The 4 bolts are attached to two rails that are epoxied to the top. I certainly typed before my mind was engaged at breakfast this morning. Sorry.

Thought so Larry. Thanks for clarifying. For a moment there I thought someone at ETI was drilling through that beautiful shell to mount it.
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Old 06-02-2015, 05:16 PM   #24
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Yes sir, I stand corrected. The 4 bolts are attached to two rails that are epoxied to the top. I certainly typed before my mind was engaged at breakfast this morning. Sorry.
So if I get this straight - the rails that the panel is bolted to are now epoxied on roof ? No more 3 m tape ? And the rails are almost now part of the fiberglass ? Pat
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:14 PM   #25
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Where our solar panel used to be...

Here is what is left after the solar panel blew off. It LOOKS like the rails were in epoxy...or some kind of goop....
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That is correct Pat.

Don't think tape would get a solid bond due to the curvature of the roof. The square tube they use doesn't sit flat, epoxy fills in the gap where tape wouldn't. At least for the bigger panels mounted in the rear.
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:28 PM   #27
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I'm not sure, but it looks like maybe the rails were very successfully bonded to the gelcoat--but the gelcoat pulled away from the fiberglass underneath it. Is that possible?
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If that's true it is a clear argument favoring a mechanical attachment over any adhesive one.
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Can't really tell yet. Took the photos standing up through the escape hatch...need to get a ladder and go up to get a closer look....don't have a ladder....
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That is correct Pat.

Don't think tape would get a solid bond due to the curvature of the roof. The square tube they use doesn't sit flat, epoxy fills in the gap where tape wouldn't. At least for the bigger panels mounted in the rear.
Now I am concerned . Looking at comments after ours and seeing pictures of his roof . Originally this was my concern for not having panel installed on my roof . Now I have to rethink this - maybe not getting solar on roof . Really don't want holes either for as Myron suggested - installing that way - I believe chances for water intrusion . Now I don't know what to do . Pat
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