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Photovoltaics & Solar Power
Cable Management for Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Power Plants
The switch to renewable energy sources is unthinkable without photovoltaics, as photovoltaics are a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to convert solar energy into electricity, in addition to solar thermal power plants in desert regions. Optimized solar cells with an ever higher degree of efficiency ensure that the use of solar energy is not restricted to areas near the equator but is also effective in temperate climate zones. An important factor in the installation of large industrial photovoltaic systems (PV systems) is the secure and reliable cabling – indoors and outdoors. icotek offers highly efficient and cost-effective solutions for cable management and EMC technology.
» Split cable entry systems and » cable glands by icotek enable a fast, safe and cost-effective way to feed several preassembled cables (e.g. multi-pin power plugs, MC4 solar connectors ...) through control panel or enclosure walls without voiding the warranty of the cables. icotek split cable entry components also seal the entry points with up to IP66/IP68 and UL type 4X rated protection and provide strain relief according to EN 62444.
Cables without connectors (up to 115 mm in diameter) can be routed through » membrane based cable entry plates which provide up to IP66/IP68 and UL type 4X rated protection. Many of our cable entry components are suitable for standard cut-outs of heavy multi-pin industrial connectors (e.g. by Harting, Molex ...) or fit on round metric cut-outs from M16 to M85.
For installation of icotek cable entry components we offer numerous » flange plates and assembly systems for enclosure bases, walls and roofs of many manufacturers (e.g. Rittal, Pentair Hoffman, Fibox ...).
Control cabinet of a photovoltaic system
» ZL strain relief plates: cable routing and strain relief of several power cables inside a central solar inverter of a photovoltaic plant.
For a secure and structured cable management and strain relief of electrical lines icotek offer several » strain relief plates for various mounting methods.
EMI cable shield grounding is very important. The area where the cable shield is connected to the enclosure ground is a critical point. It is very important that the connection has a low resistance (EMC). icotek SKL » cable shield clamps are a low cost but highly effective and universal solution. SKL clamps can be installed on mounting rails, the panel wall itself or directly on frequency converters, drives or bus modules. In comparison to conventional EMC brackets an up to 50% higher contact area can be achieved when using the SKL line.
Fields of application for icotek cable management components in photovoltaic plants are e.g.
- Solar inverters (on-grid photovoltaic plants)
- Battery backup inverters (off-grid photovoltaic plants)
- Control panels (e.g. for active solar trackers)
- Cable management & strain relief on interconnection wiring of solar panels
In general, icotek products have a high quality and outstanding efficiency. All icotek products are quick and easy to install and to be assembled with cables, during the initial installation as well as in case of maintenance or retrofitting.
The icotek cable entry components comply with important approvals and standards like IP and UL rated protection, UL recognition or UV resistance which makes icotek a strong and reliable partner for the photovoltaic industry.