Professional AquaSoli Geotech Analysis helps to cut down Project Cost

The Clients experience on project “AB” illustrates typical issues with selecting racking and doing facility design before characterizing the site and soils bearing capacity. It also demonstrates how AquaSoli leverages our experience and contacts to solve expensive design and deployment issues.

Pile driver machine

If the Posts Length exceeds the Pile Driver Machines Capability something has gone wrong in the planning process…

and might result in exploding Machinery Cost.

A Client came to us with a racking system and asked us to perform geotechnical site assessment, analytical load testing and foundation design for 3 projects.

On the largest site conventional foundation design specified a total pile length of 13.5 feet for the single center post racking system. Our experience indicated that a pile of this length requires special handling which increases installation costs as much as 30%.

Working with the rack manufacturer and re-analyzing the dense load test data we collected, AquaSoli identified two cost saving foundation alternatives.

1. Discussions with the manufacturer applications engineers determined that the specified foundation stickup included adjustability to accommodate site grade variation. Our site experience allowed the manufacturer to agree to reduce the specified stickup, thus shortening the required pile length.

2. Our analytical foundation load testing identified anomalous vertical bearing behaviour for the preferred foundation profile. By rigorously reanalyzing the soils data and foundation behaviour, we provided a suitable design based on an alternative foundation profile with a reduced embedment depth. The alternative profile design reduced pile length enough to allow the lowest cost installation technique.

The net result is that the client will save about 3 times the cost of our services in installation costs alone.

In addition we identified an opportunity to save as much as 10% on the materials costs by reducing the required foundation stickup.

On a second site we are working to solve a similar issue but resulting from weak horizontal bearing capacity. Site work determined that the soils were mechanically disturbed to a depth of 5 feet. The weak soils and single post rack design dictated a total pile length that required installation by a specialized pile driver. Use of the oversized pile driver increased projected installation costs as much as 300%.

We have identified several alternatives to solve the issue. However by selecting the racking before understanding soils conditions the Client adversely impacted both their schedule and project costs and risked a great deal more.

Lesson to learn: If solar specific site evaluation and load testing is completed first, AquaSoli can recommend standard design and racking alternatives that provide routine solutions for individual site issues. Routine solutions support low costs and schedule compliance. (Author of this text: US VP Bob Donaldson)

Please contact AquaSoli

in USA +1.508.982.4811

in Japan +81.8050309569

in MENA +962.7.9650.4325

in Europe +49.89.6223376815


AquaSoli now in Jordan, in UK and at InterSolar in Munich




Intersolar 2014

From 4th to 6th June 2014 in Munich

Also this year, AquaSoli is back with a booth at the Intersolar in Munich. We hope to welcome you at our booth in Hall C4; booth 285.

Our team is happy to inform you in a personal consultation, how we can assist you with your projects in the future. Best arrange a date soon. Please send an email to or click on the button below.

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Local contact

In order to serve all projects in the Middle East even more reliable in in the future, now the Head of MENA is permanently baesed in the new office in Amman. Currently, it was again geotechnical analysis and pull-out tests for a configured PV project to perform.

Who said that it does not rain in the desert? Thanks to our expertise your projects are, resistant designed, even under extreme conditions at any time according to the state of the art.













United Kingdom

AquaSolis Gayk ramming machine back in the UK

Currently we can offer short-term soil investigations and pull-out tests for PV projects in the UK, since we have decided to ship the necessary machinery to the island. Thus you benefit from short-term availability and low travel costs.


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Integrated Solar Ground Component Management

IMG_3214Integrated Solar Ground Component Management

Project enhancement through integrating and coordinating the tasks that affect foundation cost and performance

AquaSoli applies a systems approach to integrate the interdependent facets of solar ground component design, coordinating execution to ensure foundation reliability.


The ground component is comprised of the following elements:

  • Geotechnical evaluation
  • Civil design
  • Rack selection and layout
  • Foundation design
  • Civil ground work
  • Foundation installation




These elements are often treated as discrete components.  However, they are intimately interdependent.  Foundation failure can be caused by site civil design, and inexpensive rack selection can drive the need for expensive foundations.

 image017By integrating and coordinating the ground component, AquaSoli drives success, profit, reliability and value.  For instance, accurate geotech leads to accurate foundation design and minimizes issues during foundation installation.  Our systems approach incorporates an optimized foundation design, integrated with civil work, and coordinated through installation.  Design accuracy reduces materials and deployment costs.  Facet coordination ensures task synergism and avoids interference.  Accuracy in site definition and design lowers bids by instilling installer confidence.  Schedule and change order control increases profits.  Facility reliability increases value.

 Projects integrated by AquaSoli avoid:

  • Expensive change orders in the construction phase
  • Project delays caused by design modifications required during construction
  • Costly over designed foundations
  • Failure vulnerability based on inadequate site data
  • Foundation failure due to design and installation defects and impacts from related ground component facets

Want to learn more? Send us an email at or call +1 415 230 2062.


AquaSoli lädt Sie zum SolarForum während der InterSolar ein…

AquaSoli: SolaForum auf der InterSolar 2013 // CEO von AquaSoli trifft bayerischen Umweltminister // AquaSoli plant PV-Anlage bei Fukushima.

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AquaSoli lädt Sie herzlich ein!

… zum SolarForum auf der InterSolar


Mi+Do vormittag ab 9 Uhr:
Konferenzraum B31

… und zum AquaSoli-Stand: A6.173

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Die Themen des SolarForums im Überblick:

Lektionen aus Schäden; Weiterentwicklungen; Leistungsoptimierung
Baugrund-Untersuchung & Fundamentauslegung
Planung und stat. Berechnung von PV-Anlagen (Freiland + Dach).
Speicherlösungen, Wartung von Anlagen, Aktuelle Fragen


Programm am Mittwoch (Konferenzraum B31):

Uhrzeit Inhalt/ Titel Sprecher
09:00 Begrüßung und Einführung Jürgen Schmid, CEO AquaSoli
09:15 Typische Schadensfälle aus der (Ingenieur) Praxis: Module, Wechselrichter, Stahlkonstruktion, Gründung Steffen Emmerich, Danfoss GmbH
Georg Humpert
Jürgen Schmid
10:15 Baugrunderkundung für PV-Anlagen und Windkraftanlagen
Fundamentierung von PV-Anlagen – unter Beachtung internationaler Normung
Manfred Karl, AquaSoli
11:15 Diskussion und Fragen // Mittagssnack Manfred Karl/ Jürgen Schmid

AquaSoli - International projects

Programm am Donnerstag (Konferenzraum B31)

9:00 Begrüßung und Einführung Jürgen Schmid, CEO AquaSoli
9:15 Trends und Förderungen bei Speicherlösungen Christine Dresen, AquaSoli
9:45 Trends bei der Weiterentwicklung von PV-Montagesystemen und Kleinwindkraft-Anlagen Matthias Hentschel, AquaSoli
10:15 3D-Belegungs- & Elektroplanung für Aufdach- und Freiflächenanlagen Georg Humpert, AquaSoli
11:00 Ingenieurmäßige
Optimierung von PV- und Windkraft-Anlagen: Windlastansätze gem. DIN/ EC-Normen im Vergleich mit Windkanalversuchen
Prof. Ruscheweyh, Aachen
11:45 Diskussion und Fragen // Mittagssnack Matthias Hentschel/ J. Schmid, AquaSoli


An unserem Stand 173 in Halle A6 erwartet sie an allen Tagen…

* … unser gut gelauntes Fachpersonal, bereit zu Gesprächen über Fundamentierung, Belegungs- und Elektroplanung von Freiland- und Dach-PV-Anlagen.
* … ein “Ausprobier-Feder-Modell” zum Thema “Bettungsmodul” von Pfahlgründungen. Hier können Sie selbst Hand anlegen und experimentieren.
* … frischer Kaffee, Säfte und kleine Snacks als Erfrischung.
* … unsere Firmenpräsentation.


AquaSolis CEO trifft Bayerischen Umweltminister

Jürgen Schmid, AquaSolis CEO, überbrachte Dr. Marcel Huber, dem bayerischen Umweltminister seine Sorge, dass in Bayern viele in den letzten Jahren in der Branche der Erneuerbaren geschaffene Arbeitsplätze verloren gehen. AquaSoli gehört zu den wenigen Ausnahmen der Branche, die die Zahl der Arbeitsplätze bewahren konnte. Dies jedoch, so Schmid, gelang AquaSoli nur aufgrund eines verstärkten Auslandsengagements, das den Mitarbeitern eine hohe Einsatzbereitschaft abverlangt. Die Branche brauche aber weiterhin auch einen starken Inlandsmarkt, um nachhaltig weltweit vorne bei Innovationsfreudigkeit und qualitativem Engineering von PV-Anlagen bleiben zu können.


Fukushima: AquaSoli plant “Solar-Reaktor” nahe der Havarie

Sinnvolle Fukushima-Folgenutzung: AquaSoli plant ein Solarkraftwerk in der Nähe der GAU-Reaktoren. Land, das durch den Reaktorunfall für die Agrarwirtschaft quasi wertlos geworden ist, wird so sinnvoll genützt. AquaSoli zählt zu den weltweit führenden Planern von Solarkraftwerken und erhielt den Zuschlag zur Planung des japanischen 14 Megawatt-Solarkraftwerkes.
AquaSoli plant weltweit schlüsselfertig PV-Frei- und Dachflächenanlagen; darüber hinaus liefert AquaSoli mit seinem interdisziplinärem Team generell zu Kraftwerken erneuerbarer Energie weltweit zahlreiche Planungsbausteine zu und verfügt über eine Referenz von ca. 10 GWp erneuerbarer Energie. Auf der InterSolar München stehen an Stand A6.173 die Experten von AquaSoli zu einem unverbindlichen Gespräch bereit.

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Thank you for two grand INTERSOLAR fairs: North America and Europe!

Sunny greetings from AquaSoli!

AquaSoli Team demonstrating pile Testloadings

Thanks to you, our customers, both INTERSOLAR North America 2012 as well as INTERSOLAR Europe 2012 were a good success for all of us at AquaSoli! We enjoyed meeting so many of you at the fairs and especially at our BBQ parties!

For those of you that missed the InterSolar North America Exhibition, AquaSoli held a Solar Powered BBQ at the Green Point

Bernhard Breitsameters Bavarian Music Chapel contributed musical flowers to our BBQ party (InterSolar Europe)

Nursery in Novato, CA. We demonstrated our expert techniques and showed how we perform test loadings for projects and design pile foundations. The demonstration had a very successful turnout, but we hope to see more of you next year!

If you left your contact information with us, we will be contacting you over the next few weeks to see how we can assist you with your PV mounting and PV engineering needs.

Group Foto: AquaSoli team with partners and customers

AquaSoli Team, partners and customers

In the meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you might have. As always our website is available to you with the latest information, including contact information.

Let’s meet again at SPI 2012 in Orlando September 10-13! Arrange your appointment by sending us an e-mail to

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