KOMBI systems ensure quick installation and compliance with Suntop Solar Farm

KOMBI Modular Systems met brief and compliance requirements for a secure platform and access solution at the Suntop Solar Farm near Wellington, NSW.

Project requirements

The Suntop Solar Farm project will generate approximately 396 GW of energy throughout the year, enough to meet the needs of more than 65,000 homes.

Equipped with innovative single-axis tracking, the panels can follow the movement of the sun from east to west every day. The solar farm will also provide a valuable boost to the local economy, with up to 400 workers needed to keep it running during peak times.

The elevated delivery stations within the solar park had no access or work platforms/surfaces for personnel to perform maintenance. This compromised the company’s ability to provide a safe and friendly work environment, a requirement of the utmost importance for any employer.

The installation needed a platform system that could be easily unloaded, ideally without the use of cranes or heavy lifting equipment, and that allowed for manual installation. As with most remote locations, skilled trades, tools and equipment can often be difficult and expensive to bring to site.

In addition, all systems had to be compliant and designed to meet the Australian Standard’s rigorous criteria.

The solution

Having previously worked with SAYFA on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project, the installer, Bouygues Construction Australia, was convinced that we could offer a practical solution to their client, Suntop Solar Farm.

The conceptual platform designs were initially provided to Bouygues using our KOMBI BUILDA configurator. This online program allows real-time creation and produces drawings, parts lists, indicative prices and 3D designs, which allow the customer to visualize the systems being installed.

Within the parameters of KOMBI BUILDA, all designs created from the configurator comply with Australian and New Zealand standards AS 1657 and AS/NZS 1170.

If additional engineering is needed to meet requirements such as specific weight or wind loads, SAYFA’s engineering team can help incorporate these custom specifications into designs.

Once feedback and comments were received, the SAYFA design team produced detailed design drawings, which were signed off by Bouygues before manufacturing began.

Final Design – detailed drawings provided by SAYFA’s in-house design team for fabrication.

The KOMBI platforms were pre-assembled by the SAYFA production team in our factory in Boronia, then delivered to site in modules. This ensured a faster and easier installation for the project. However, KOMBI components can also be delivered as flat packs to reduce transport costs or if the delivery location has constraints such as lift-only access or limited available space.

As the installation was taking place in the NSW country, care was taken to allow for minimal site preparation for the rigs.

“The KOMBI platforms feature proprietary adjustable feet so the Bouygues team can change the height and angle on site to suit different ground level conditions. It was then put together very quickly, saving time and money,” said Jeremy Parker, Commercial Director of SAYFA.

“This resulted in a fast, efficient and compliant installation, which made the KOMBI customer very satisfied.”

Advantages of KOMBI aluminum stair and platform systems

Manufactured in Australia, KOMBI systems are constructed from lightweight aluminum and designed to Australian and New Zealand standards AS 1657 and AS/NZS 1170.

KOMBI modular aluminum stairs and platforms are totally flexible and their design is only limited to your imagination.

Last-minute changes to site conditions or structures are no problem thanks to the innovative KOMBI T-bolt, which allows height and angle adjustments to accommodate any variations.

Why aluminum?

KOMBI’s lightweight aluminum construction allows personnel to easily transport and handle components within maximum handling guidelines.

Steel access systems have been considered the building material of choice for many years. While there may be minor savings by choosing to fabricate steel systems, aluminum offers many advantages. Read our detailed comparison of aluminum and steel to find out why we choose aluminum for our systems.

Proudly owned and manufactured in Australia, KOMBI modular aluminum stairs and platforms offer the answer when lightweight, easy to install systems are required.

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