Not Not all PV panels are made the same
The flexible solar cells made in Italy by Gioco Solutions uses a patented process to reduce the occurrence of micro cracks and hot spots.
The Gwire technology used promises a higher efficiency panel than most and one that is lighter and thinner than a standard panel.
“Gwire transfers more electricity to the module in comparison to the traditional cells,” explained Peter Harrison of UK distributor Ocean Footprint.
“Cells with Gwire soldering technology are different from the traditional cells, in fact they do not have a bus-bar. Instead there is a grid of about 25 silver conductor threads, positioned perpendicularly to the so-called ‘fingers’ of the cell, placed on every single photovoltaic cell.”
He added: “The conductors, compared to the bus-bar, create more than 1000 electric independent contacts on every single cell.
“The cell does not suffer from term and mechanical stress, like the bus-bar does, enabling superior endurance.”
The panels have been designed with the marine market in mind points out Mr Harrison and can be walked on and integrated into the design of the boat itself, while also being adaptable for retrofit systems.
“The patented Gwire technology enables the industry leading five-year limited warranty of peak power performance allowing piece of mind when utilising a vessel, or even when it is left unmanned, always ensuring that the battery is providing sufficient power to keep the essential services and security in place of the boat,” he said.
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