Solar panels on board? You put them wherever you want and without “bumping”

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solar panelsIt often happens that shipowners, tantalized by the installation of solar panels on board because it is a clean way to get energy, change their minds at the last minute because they do not know where to put them and have heard rumors about their low yield.

solar panelsTHE KIT IS REALLY DO-IT-YOURSELF
In fact, there are hi-tech flexible solar panel kits (such as those provided by Giocosolutions) that dispel all doubts. Available in three configurations, 75, 85 and 95 watts. (plus one 115 for mounting on dredges), are simple to install: the kit consists of a monocrystalline (and therefore higher energy yielding) panel, an MPTT charge controller (capable of optimizing panel yield even in shade), connection cables, and grommets, which will allow you to mount it anywhere. From the drapes to the stern pulpit, from the awning to the deck (also because they are walkable panels).

THREE SOLUTIONS FOR MOUNTING THEM ON BOARD

solar panelsINSTALLATION IS EASY

The assembly of the solar panel kit is very simple, after finding a location for the panel just connect its watertight connectors and bring the given cables below deck, up to the charge controller, and then connect the cables from the charge controller to the battery, with a simple screwdriver (as per the diagram in theside image). Place the regulator in a dry place and if you have two batteries connect the one dedicated to services not the motor battery.

Wanting to be on the safe side, also install a protection fuse on the positive cable going from the battery to the regulator (ex: 95-watt panel use a 10-amp fuse). Finally, the module needs some maintenance work from time to time: cleaning the panel (with fresh water to reduce the effects of saltiness), checking the condition of the wiring, and checking the electrical performance of the system. Prices start at 519 euros.

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