TE Connectivity revealed its first thin-film solar module product at Intersolar Europe in the form of its Solarlok automated junction box. The 2-rail junction box is suited for automated mass production, which the company said would contribute to lower costs and shorter assembly times for module manufactures. TE Connectivity advised that it recognized that not all manufacturers are capable of a fully automated production and highlighted the Solarlok’s ability to be assembled manually as well.
The Solarlok automated junction box is said to meet UL and IEC standards and has two junction boxes for crystalline modules: a clamped version and a soldered one. Sized at 2.6in x 2.9in x 0.6in, the junction box allows the flash test to be conducted by robots and has its standard spooled cables tucked in place so that machine assembly can be conducted safely.
TE Connectivity highlighted that the junction boxes cable exits are mounted at a 45° angle, a design that is said to prevent installers from using the cable as a handle to carry the panels. The Solarlok junction box is set to become available worldwide in July with TE Connectivity offering a Solarlok starter kit containing a hand crimp tool, an extraction tool and connector kits for the first 20kWp installation.
TE Connectivity is exhibiting at Intersolar Europe, booth C3.150.