Bringing down costs in PV requires optimizing the entire system - from equipment to balance of system (BOS) to labor to permitting. By applying a complete "sunlight to AC energy" design philosophy to the entire system, tenK creates efficiencies component suppliers simply can't.
RAIS® PV System
Everything you need in solar
Designed to Fit Together Beautifully
tenK modules, mounting systems reflectors, and connectors are all designed to work together. In fact, you don't need to purchase anything from another supplier and the design requires no string matching or sizing. It all just fits together...and works.
No Roof Penetrations
Designed and wind tunnel verified to redirect wind forces, the RAIS® PV System design allows steeper mounting angles for self-cleaning and energy production. Because the system is also integrated, it also means low/no ballast installations without roof penetrations. We've even had a system survive a tornado with winds in excess of 100 mph (161 km/h)and not move an inch. And despite the modules being damaged by flying debris, the system continued to work flawlessly without any risk of an arc that could start a fire.
Low System Weight
It isn't the PV array that makes a conventional system heavy, it's the ballast needed to hold it all on the roof. By working on designs that perform better in wind, the weight problem gets solved as well. Depending upon the size of the RAIS® PV System layout and where it's installed, weights are very low, typically less than 3 lbs per square foot (14.6 kilograms per square meter).
RAIS® PV Module
Always the optimal output.
tenKsolar's RAIS® PV module is the world's only module without cell-to-cell dependency. Conventional solar modules are wired in series - like old style Christmas tree lights. If any one cell is impacted, the output from the entire module is affected. Our module uses conventional, high quality crystalline silicon cells, but we package them in a module design far superior to any other.
Fully Integrated Electronics, Lower Cost of Energy
In order to improve the reliability and performance of solar arrays, many solar companies are now bolting electronic controls onto PV modules. But those approaches can only go so far. tenK realized to get the optimal results for each dollar invested, we needed to design the module and electronics to work together at a level that just isn't possible with off the shelf components. And as a result, our module design fully integrates the electronics and the PV cells together in a way that reduces cost and optimizes energy output.
More light = more energy.
Turning Empty Space into Energy
The system eliminates wasted space required between rows of traditional solar panels and fills it with reflectors. The reflectors are mounted across from the modules on the north side in a V formation to create a wave pattern. Roof utilization is increased because the RAIS® PV System system can be placed near roof obstructions such as vent pipes and HVAC equipment where traditional solar PV systems cannot be located.
Comparing square foot to square foot, total energy output is 44% more than leading competitive racking. And when installed on roofs - which have other built in obstacles to work around, we see up to 100% more energy on a roof.
RAIS® Inverter Bus
Maximum reliability and efficiency.
tenKsolar’s RAIS® Inverter Bus represents a fundamental breakthrough in solar energy inversion – by combining the operation of multiple low voltage inverter modules, it optimizes the conversion of DC energy from RAIS® PV modules to AC energy. tenKsolar load sharing technology ensures that the energy is converted at the highest possible efficiency, and helps to distribute the workload among the inverter modules, lowering the duty cycle by half, extending the longevity of the inverter system. Shipped as a pre-wired assembly, it fully integrates into the RAIS® PV system without the need for an additional foundation or dedicated installation area, reducing install times and costs. As an integrated element of the RAIS® PV system, it delivers AC energy at the array for the lowest balance of system costs in solar PV today.