Three Sixty Solar reports on tower benefits and durability
by CM Staff
The conclusions are based on an internal study by Three Sixty on its demonstration tower in Kelowna, BC, Canada.
VANCOUVER — Three Sixty Solar Ltd., an alternative energy design, manufacture, and sales organization focused on solar equipment supply to the global marketplace, reports on their claimed benefits and durability of the solar tower over the past 16 months.
- Durability – Tower and Panels remained in as-built condition
- Weather Resiliency – Zero damage observed from 120+km/hr winds, snow, hail, or rain
- Snow Shedding – Vertical positioning of the panels allowed all snow to slough off the tower
- Reduced Maintenance – Zero power loss due to soiling of panels
CEO Brian Roth states, “These highlights support something I have believed for a long time – our tower design has more benefits that just the potential to use up to 90% less land. Reducing maintenance has the potential to reduce the operating costs and improve the economics of a project. I am very pleased at how the tower has held up in the Canadian environment.”
The above conclusions are based on an internal study by Three Sixty on its demonstration tower in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Erected in October 2021, the tower and panels have been in the Canadian elements for a total of 16 months. During that time, the tower experienced a severe storm, bringing wind gusts in excess of 120 km/hr (75 mph) along with intense rain and hail. According to Global News1, the storm left thousands of residents without power and closed schools.
Soiling tests were conducted in January 2023 and the voltage and current were measured on panels before and after cleaning. After cleaning, the company says that no change was measured to either the voltage or current, indicating that there had been no power loss due to soiling of the panels after more than one year of being on site.
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