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Weather alert – measuring module load in snowy regions

Snow and ice pose challenges for European solar installers. The K2 Buddy app monitors loads and alerts when thresholds are exceeded. Learn how it integrates with K2 Base planning software in this pv magazine Webinar.


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Snow and ice are major considerations for many solar installers in Europe. Some of the continent’s colder regions have been making significant solar capacity gains – and facing unique challenges in the process. In the Baltics, Lithuania recently entered the 1 GW club for solar, while Estonia ranks highly in capacity additions per head of population. Welcome progress, but installations in cold climates bring their own problems.

Photovoltaic modules can withstand a certain amount of bending, as manufacturers have shown through quality testing, but how can installers know when snow and ice piles up dangerously on modules?

Our guests in this webinar, Nadine Wade and Ciaran Murphy from roof-mounting specialist K2 technical sales team, will present a system that boasts real-time measurement of module loads and a digital warning system for rooftop installations.

The K2 Buddy allows monitoring of snow and ice loads via app and warns the operator or installer when these exceed threshold values. It also enables cost savings during installation, says Nadine Wade. For example, large modules could be clamped on the short side instead of the long side, reducing material costs.

In this webinar we will also discuss how the K2 Buddy system is incorporated into the design of a roof system using K2 Base planning software.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Presentation of the K2 Buddy measuring and warning system
  • Advantages of load measurement for system design in snowy regions
  • K2 Base design
  • Main installation steps of the K2 Buddy
  • Cost savings for flat roof systems

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Matthew Lynas, editor at pv magazine, will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Nadine Wade | Product manager, K2 Systems

Nadine Wade has a Master's degree in Renewable Energy Management (M.Sc.) and has been with K2 Systems since 2013. She works in product management and supports the development of the K2 Buddy at the interface between mechanics, hardware and software.

Ciaran Murphy | Technical Sales Specialist, K2 Systems

Since 2020 Ciaran Murphy has been working in the Technical Sales department with K2 where he supports customers with bespoke and no-standard solutions. With a background in construction management and degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, he has a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical side of PV installation.


Matthew Lynas | Editor, pv magazine

Matthew Lynas joined pv magazine as features editor in 2023. An experienced business-to-business journalist, Matthew is responsible for features in our monthly global print title. Previously, he served as editor of a leading UK retail magazine, covering a broad range of issues including sustainability projects in the grocery and FMCG sectors.

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