Photovoltaics & solar power

Cable management for photovoltaic systems & 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. Optimised 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.

Strain relief central solar inverter
ZL strain relief plates: cable routing and strain relief of several power cables inside a central solar inverter of a photovoltaic plant.

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 IP65 / NEMA 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 IP67/IP68 and NEMA 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...). 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 earthing is very important. The area where the cable shield is connected to the enclosure earth 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 NEMA rated protection, UL recognition or UV resistance which makes icotek a strong and reliable partner for the photovoltaic industry.

Do you have special requirements?

If our standard solutions do not fit your requirements, our engineers will develop individual concepts for you. Please feel free to contact us. We will submit an individual offer customised to your special requirements in control panel construction.

Do not hesitate to contact us:

Tel.: +49 7175 923 800

E-Mail: pm@icotek.com



Split cable entry frames for cables with connectors

Split cable entry frames with up to IP65 / NEMA type 4X rated protection and integrated strain relief acc. to EN 62444, for standard cut-outs of heavy industrial connectors.

Split cable glands for cables with connectors

Split cable glands with metric threads M16 - M63, with IP54 / NEMA type 12 rated protection.

Cable entry plates for cables without connectors

Membrane based cable entry plates with up to IP68 / NEMA type 4X rated protection. For round metric and standard cut-outs of heavy industrial connectors.

Strain relief plates for cables and hoses

Cable collectors for a secured strain relief acc. to EN 62444 and for cable managament. For screw assembly or plugging on mounting rails.

EMC cable shield clamps

EMC cable shield clamps with integrated strain relief for earthing high frequency interferences on cable shields from 1.5 to 48 mm in diameter.

Control panel accessories

For mounting of cable entry components as well as for cable management needs icotek offers many useful accessories.

Punch drivers & knockout punches

Hand hydraulic punch drivers and a large range of knockout punches for quick and easy punching of rectangular or round holes suitable for many icotek cable entry systems.

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