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There is more to solar power than just buying any solar panels from a brand and connecting them. For boats or yachts, we will discuss about LEE series of marine solar panels to help you get the most benefits of using them.
Firstly, what are Sungold’s LEE series of Solar Panels?
Sungold’s 2020 new arrival of LEE series of Solar Panels are designed for boats or yachts. Different to conventional flexible solar panles, LEE series solar panels weigh 50% less, and they have ETFE material on both sides of their surfaces, which makes them more resistant to salt spray and moisture. Their frameless design and bendable peculiarity will bring you much convenience when you are ready to install the solar panels. Moreover, high-performance of Sunpower solar cells are custmizable which will provide high conversion efficiency up to 22.60%.
In a word, always keep these features in mind: ultra-lightweight, corrosion resistant and durable, frameless design, bendable peculiarity and high photoelectric converision efficiency.
Then why we need solar panels for marine applications?
For a long time, overnighting on a mooring or anchoring anywhere away from shore power meant either doing without most of the comforts of electricity or relying heavily on a noisy diesel generator. Only by firing up the mini power plant to recharge the batteries could you have your electronics, lighting, and much more at your service.
Now, skippers of small boats often use solar panels as trickle chargers to maintain battery banks and electronics devices. This is particularly helpful, for example, if you are on a mooring, have power outages at the dock, or just want to keep your batteries up while fishing, hanging off the beach, or quietly drifting without using that outboard. Others use large banks of panels to supply most or all of the current for living aboard, even including running refrigeration powered by batteries. Regardless of how you want to use solar panels, solar-power efficiency has made significant strides in recent years, just like Sungold’s LEE series of marine solar panels, so it helps to understand some basics.
Choose a perfect place for installation location
Once you’ve made up your mind buying solar panels for your boats or yachts, one thing you may need to take into considerstaion——a perfect place for installation location. When installing your solar panel, choose a place in a safe area (not where you'd drop a winch handle). For example, dimensions of Sungold’s LEE series of Solar Panels range from 350*580*4mm to 800*1320*4mm, which may be best installed on top or front layer of a boat or yacht. Shading can dramatically lower the panel's efficiency, so find a broad, relatively flat area, such as on a cabin top or a fabricated mount, where the panel catches the most light most of the time. Installations that allow air to flow underneath will improve performance, but this isn't necessary or practical with the walk-on type. Also, be certain to install the properly sized fuse close to the battery. Without a fuse, a short in the wiring is a dead short across the battery, with fire a potential consequence.
ONE LAST THING KEEP IN MIND: Always Control the Flow
A solar panel needs to produce in excess of 15 volts to ensure adequate charging. But too high a voltage will damage a battery. Therefore, some form of voltage regulator is normally required, say a controller.These controllers should normally be mounted close to the batteries because the better ones sense battery temperature (important for the charging rate) and also because distance from batteries means longer wire runs that can result in less-accurate sensing of true battery voltage.