The SOLKLAMP grounding bolt from Tyco Electronics shortens the installation time required to ground modules in a solar array. The threaded bolt, secured with a supplied one-piece lock washer-nut, inserts through the ground hole of a solar module aluminum frame and penetrates its surface to establish a reliable ground path.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TYCO ELECTRONICS SOLKLAMP GROUNDING BOLT
SHORTENS SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION TIME
-- Hex Nut Design Ensures Reliable Connection to Panel --
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- April 5, 2010 -- The SOLKLAMP grounding bolt from Tyco Electronics shortens the installation time required to ground modules in a solar array. The threaded bolt, secured with a supplied one-piece lock washer-nut, inserts through the ground hole of a solar module aluminum frame and penetrates its surface to establish a reliable ground path.
"As photovoltaic applications become more widespread, the industry is searching for ways to reduce both component and installation costs while increasing reliability," says Greg Paukert, product manager. "Our new grounding bolt is an outstanding example of an easy-to-use, fast-to-install solution that helps lower costs."
The SOLKLAMP grounding bolt handles 6 to 12 AWG (13.3 and 3.3 mm2) solid, uninsulated copper wire. The six-second, short-term current test indicates that the product handles 1530 Amps with 6 AWG ground wire. In the UL 486A/B pull-out test, the grounding bolt provides 100 pounds (45.3 kg) retention with 6 AWG wire.
The product meets the requirements of UL 1703 for safety in flat-plate photovoltaic modules and panels, as well as the UL 467 requirements for grounding and bonding equipment.
For more information on Tyco Electronics' SOLKLAMP grounding bolt, contact Tyco Electronics' Product Information Center at 800-522-6752, or visit http://www.tycoelectronics.com/solar . New videos on solar products can be viewed on this website.
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