where welded tubes and open profiles predominate, Vallourec’s MSH structural hollow sections, combined with our Preon box design tool, have made the difference. The first solar PV agricultural hangar is currently under construction. Another 20 will follow shortly and many more are already planned in the longer term. This is considered as a real first step in this fast-growing market, as this kind of structure is being increasingly used for sport center buildings and industrial applications.
Vertsun's core business is to design and propose competitive photovoltaic installations, including agricultural hangars that will be used to store vehicles or crops, in locations with diverse climatic conditions. These farm buildings need to have as much free inner space as possible to facilitate their use and ensure optimal storage capacity. Vallourec came up with a creative design that helped save space. It is also highly adaptable to local weather constraints (e.g. wind or snow) and offers a model that can be easily replicated to local specifications to ensure business sustainability.
Hot finished MSH structural hollow sections were the obvious alternative to the welded tubes usually used. Their capabilities in terms of robustness, load capacity and weldability fully meet Vertsun’s requirements. The resulting safety and reliability of the new structure with fewer pillars and a minimal ground footprint were key for this achievement. But the most decisive factor was the flexibility offered by Vallourec’s Preon box digital tool which enables fast, adaptive and modular design. The combined use of both solutions saves design and construction time, thus reducing costs.