Solbian High Power Semi-Flexible Solar Panels
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Highest Output SP Series
The SR (Super Rugged) Series with “Merlin” technology
The Newest SR+ Series with HIT cells & Merlin technology
Solbian Installation Videos
Solbian Semi-Flexible Solar Panels:
- Lightest weight and thinnest panels
- Highest output per square foot
- Versatile installation options
- Optimal for canvas bimini/ dodger installations on boats and yachts
- Huge variety of sizes and shapes with custom options available
- Use only the highest grade SunPower cells for every SP panel
- Check out this Overview of Cell Types & summary of how Solbian is SUPERIOR to the competition
As solar technology advances, Solbian is staying on the cutting edge with a constantly developing product line of semi-flexible solar panels featuring high-output and lightweight solar solutions. Solbian semi-flexible solar panels replace heavy, hard glass solar panels that can be cumbersome, hard to install, and even sometimes unsafe in marine applications. Solbian panels are semi-flexible and may be mounted on curved surfaces, weighing in at just a fraction of traditional glass panels. Their technology makes them particularly applicable for canvas bimini & dodger installations on boats and yachts and their construction is resistant to the harshness of the marine environment.
Solbian makes installation EASY with the ALLinONE Series!
The “ALLinONE” (All1) series has an MPPT charge controller built into the panel in a sleek, low profile, waterproof box. The panels are still only 0.6″ thick! These are available in 23W, 47W, and 72W. These panels are perfect for keeping even a good sized battery bank topped off when you are at the mooring. The 23W panel is available with a wood backing and all models are available with a plastic Forex backing and grommets which enable the panels to be safely installed in many locations around the boat. You can download the spec sheet for the Solbian ALLinONE panels here. For prices, scroll to the top of the page.
The Solbian SP Series of Semi-Flexible Solar Panels
Solbian’s high-power versions, the SP series, are the highest output per square foot and lightest weight solar panels available. They are made with SunPower’s high efficiency mono-crystalline cells which are up to 22.5% efficient.
The Solbian SR (Super Rugged) Series of Semi-Flexible Solar Panels
The SR panels are constructed with the new “Merlin” technology offering high efficiency with top durability in flexible solar panels. The mono-crystalline high efficiency SR cells are sandwiched by two patented metallic grids. The grid on the front is carefully tailored to optimize the current harvesting, while the one behind the cell offers strong mechanical support. The grids essentially form a double shield that acts as a conducting reinforcement to the solar cell. Extreme crack and bend tolerance are built in providing a guaranty of high efficiency and unmatched durability in flexible solar panels.
The Solbian SR+ Series of Semi-Flexible Solar Panels with Panasonic HIT cells manufactured with Merlin’s MTAT technology
Why is this ground-breaking technology?
Given the limited available surface area on boats and the challenges of the marine environment, marine solar panels need the highest efficiency combined with rugged construction. The new Solbian SR+ panel by Merlin Solar is the first marine solar panel to use Panasonic’s Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer (HIT) cells, now the most efficient solar cells on the market. Common failure modes with conventional solar panels are microscopic (invisible to the naked eye) include cell cracking from flexing and thermal stresses (differential expansion and contraction of different materials in the panel); fracture of the intercell connecting grids; and delamination/water intrusion. Unique in the marine world, the Solbian SR+ panels use a patented energy collection grid and intercell connection system (MTAT) from Merlin Solar that:
(1) adds many more interconnection points on a cell surface than in a conventional panel such that microscopic cracking has little impact on energy collection;
(2) incorporates a ‘spring’ effect that neutralizes the harmful effects of differential rates of thermal expansion and contraction
(3) has a dramatically more rugged and reliable cell interconnect system than the conventional busbar approach.
The panels are built for the toughest environments. Every cell is electroluminescence (EL) tested before incorporation in a panel. Every panel is EL tested following manufacturing to ensure there are no hidden flaws. The HIT cells + MTAT + EL = SR+, the most efficient and most rugged semi-flexible solar panels in the marine marketplace. For more information on what sets these panels apart and why this could be the right choice for you, check out Why SR+?
The newest Solbian product is out! Thanks to the top efficiency of SunPower™ cells and to the breakthrough technology offered by ILOOXS, the new Solbian series offers the same quality of the SP series with a completely new and customizabile look. These panels are readily available in two standard versions: TEAK and CANVAS. Check out Solbian’s website for more info on the size panels available. Price for all ISP panels is $20/Watt.
Solbian Installation Videos by Paul Cronin Studios
Solbian Deck Installation
Solbian Solar Wiring & Genasun Controller Installation
Check out this solar installation video by an Australian cruising couple who live aboard their boat Nandji.
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