Thinnest; Lightest; Most Flexible; Most Efficient! With SunPower® Cells
Flexible, High Efficiency Solar Panels
Solbian "SolbianFlex" solar panels are the Thinnest, Lightest, Most Flexible, and Most Efficientsilicon cell marine solar panels available.
Thinnest- Just 1/16" (1.5 mm) thick. This allows for zippers or grommets to be installed for attachment to canvas or flat, horizontal locations. Can be permanently installed onto a hard, flat surface, where they can be walked on for cleaning, maintenance tasks, etc.
Lightest- The 100w Solbian Flex panel weighs just 3.3 pounds (1.5 Kg).
Most Flexible - SolbianFlex panels can be bent to a max. 25% chord height. Suitable for mounting on bimini's or dodgers. No heavy, bulky, expensive mounts or fabrication required.
Most Efficient- SolbianFlex SP Series panels are composed of SunPower® monocrystalline back-contact silicon cells, with greater than 22.5% efficiency. By far the greatest efficiency available.
Install with Zippers ........... Snaps .................... Adhesive .....
SP 100's with zippers
SP 100 with snaps
SP 50's glued to a deck and cabin top
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CP 125 with velcro lapel.
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Technical and other Information
Solbian SP panels contain only genuine high-grade SunPower® cells. SunPower® back-contact solar cells are currently the highest efficiency cells available for use in everyday applications at 22%+ efficiency, but are expensive and difficult to purchase. Genuine high-grade SunPower® cells are only sold to known purchasers in a few select markets, and significant quantities must be purchased to ensure a workable price. It has recently come to light that some back-contact cells, originally made by SunPower® but rejected due to poor quality, have found their way on to secondary markets and into panels originating primarily from China. These reject cells cannot carry the SunPower® name due to the poor quality, although some promotional material we’ve seen brazenly disregards this fact. Be wary of any solar panel with back-contact cells that does not explicitly make reference to the cells as being genuine high-grade SunPower® cells.
While the claim may be that this type of panel has superior shade resistance, the results can be very different.
FACT: The smaller the cell size, the less shading it requires to be 100% shaded. The same amount of shade that completely covers a small cell might only cover ¼ of a larger cell. Larger cells are better for shade resistance.
FACT: If just one cell is 100% hard shaded, the output from that series string of cells will be zero, or close to zero.
FACT: Silicon solar cells consume power as well as produce power. If a cell is shaded, it will consume power from the other cells in the series string, resulting in diminished output and heating up of the shaded cell.
FACT: If several series strings of cells are connected in parallel without the installation of blocking diodes, the power from good strings will feed into a shaded string resulting in diminished panel output and the chance of cells burning.
FACT: Blocking diodes prevent back-feeding in parallel circuits, but reduce voltage output by 0.7v.
FACT: By-Pass diodes prevent cell burning (“Hot-spots”) and do not consume any power or diminish panel output.
FACT: The more cells and electrical connections there are on a panel, the more output-reducing series and shunt resistance the panel will exhibit, and the more chance of a connection failure, particularly if the panel is flexed.
For best results, look for a panel with large, high efficiency cells, in one series string, with by-pass diodes protecting any string of 50w or greater. Blocking diodes must be installed on circuits or panels connected in parallel.
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Solbian 2015 retail pricing
Solbian Instruction Manual
Electrical Connection - Choose One
Quick Connects - Standard
Rear Wiring Strips - Optional
Life Line Mount
Twin-Wall Polycarbonate Backing Panels
We have kits available for the Solbian SL40L, SL40Q, and SL80L; the SP50L, SP50Q, and SP100L, and the CP125. These provide additional stiffening and support where needed, and allow for some cooling air flow beneath the panel if mounted on a solid suface. These comprise of a 6mm (8mm for CP125) polycarbonate panel slightly longer than the solar panel, with grommets in all for corners, plus two edging pieces and adhesive tapes. These kits form the basis of the Rail Mount Kit and the Lifeline Mount Kit. See the 2013 Retail Pricing sheet for pricing.
Polycarbonate Twin Wall Backing Panels
Cables and Diodes
Cables with MC4 connectors installed
We have Blocking Diodes
Connector Cable sets are available in lengths of 6', 10', 30', 50' and 100', with a male MC4 connector installed on one end and a female MC4 connector on the other. This provides for double-wire runs from 3' to 50'. Cable is 10 AWG, for less than 3% volt-drop, and has a sunlight-proof, black, insulated sheath. For pricing see 2013 Solbian Retail Pricing sheet.
Blocking Diodes are required if two or more solar panels are wired in parallel into one solar controller. Blocking Diodes must be installed on the positive (+) lead of each solar panel output to prevent current back-feeding into a shaded panel from an unshaded one(s). These Shotky diodes have a 0.6 volt drop across them, and so to obtain the best performance it is recommended to use one controller per panel when at all possible, and avoid using Blocking Diodes.
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