This barn on Hopeful Hollow Farm in Rockingham County, VA is 100 years old. So is the roof, but now it can generate 9-kW of new power every day. Sunflare installed LiteMount, the only ultralight weight module that can be installed on weight-constrained roofs — installing at less than 1 lb per square foot. Plus, it seamlessly integrates with every existing metal roof attachment system.
A camping trip no longer means going completely off the grid with Yakima’s new CBX Solar rooftop cargo box. Topped with durable Sunflare solar panels, the $1,299 carrier is equipped with two USB ports and can power your campsite on an overnight trip or keep your devices charged—without having to use your car battery.
Thin-film solar panel manufacturer Sunflare has released a new module that nestles in between seams of a metal standing-seam roof — the PowerFit 20.
The 60-W CIGS panels come with butyl adhesive backing that peel and stick to the metal roof.
Yakima is thrilled to announce that it has completed a successful Outdoor + Snow Show, held January 29–31 in Denver, highlighted by award wins for its innovative new rooftop cargo box, CBX SOLAR. The all-new box, featuring an integrated solar panel for charging portable batteries and other devices when off-grid, was awarded Outside Magazine “Gear of Show” and Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards “Product of the Year” honors.
Yakima teamed with Sunflare in the design of CBX SOLAR, the first mass-produced, premium-level cargo box with an integrated solar panel. Sunflare, based in La Verne, Calif., is the first company to successfully mass-produce light, thin, flexible, and durable CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) solar panels, which are 75 percent lighter and 95 percent thinner than standard c-Si (crystalline-silicon) panels. Sunflare’s CIGS panels are capable of withstanding high impact; are impervious to heat, wind, and cold; and will not crack.
While Yakima started out as a small Washington-based machine shop, over the last four decades it’s since grown into one of the world’s leading rack, accessory, and cargo box purveyors. Yakima’s already-expansive catalog of products is now being expanded upon with the release of the company’s new-for-Fall 2020 CBX Collection.
For more than 40 years, Yakima has provided road warriors of all stripes with best-in-class cargo solutions, freeing up space inside the car to take more people along for the adventure. In particular, the company’s rooftop cargo boxes have become a ubiquitous sight on America’s roads, hauling everything from skis and snowboards to camping gear and climbing equipment. For Fall 2020, Yakima is proud to introduce the next evolution of the cargo box: CBX.
Yakima teamed with Sunflare in the design of CBX SOLAR, the first mass-produced, premium-level cargo box with an integrated solar panel. Sunflare, based in La Verne, Calif., is the first company to successfully mass-produce light, thin, flexible, and durable CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) solar panels, which are 75 percent lighter and 95 percent thinner than standard c-Si (crystalline-silicon) panels. Sunflare’s CIGS panels are capable of withstanding high impact; are impervious to heat, wind, and cold; and will not crack. With Sunflare’s headquarters just 30 miles from the facility where Yakima’s cargo boxes are made in Riverside, Calif., and given the inherent environment-friendly properties of solar power, the new CBX SOLAR cargo box represents a tremendous sustainability story for 2020.
Yakima teamed with Sunflare to design the first mass-produced, premium-level cargo box with an integrated solar panel, providing 36W/5V output to help power your campsite. It represents a completely green way to power your campsite or tailgate.
Stødig is a short film about two architects, Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel and their converted survival lifeboat which recently reached Tromsø, Norway after a 5000km voyage from Newhaven, East Sussex.
Built in 1997 in Norway, Stødig spent her previous life as Clansman Lifeboat No.1, serving the Western Isles of Scotland aboard the CalMac ferry, MV Clansman. Originally designed to carry 100 people in a survival situation, she is their robust, unsinkable and spacious blank canvas.
Out of the ashes of the Ventura County, Calif., fires, new life comes from Dvele, the modern prefab smart home producer. Dvele employs a holistic building science practice that considers physics, biology and chemistry to ensure that its homes exceed third-party certifications for quality, health, and efficiency. The homes Dvele produces with its modular platform can be completed within six months, dramatically improving the timeframe from permitting to occupancy permit. This time savings helps reduce soft costs associated with construction, and easily improves one of the biggest barriers to new home ownership, time.
“Dvele is re-imagining the home buying and living experience, creating healthy and efficient homes that positively impact the lives of our clients,” according to Chief Innovation Officer, Brandon Weiss.
The Thomas Fire in December 2017 burned nearly 282,000 acres in the California counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara. It reportedly destroyed 775 single-family homes and damaged another 200.
It was an ideal opportunity for Dvele, a three-year-old prefab home manufacturer, to showcase its first fire-resistant spec home under its California Wildfire Rebuild Initiative. Dubbed Skyview, the 2,280-square-foot single-level house, assembled on a burned-out lot, was built to wildfire mitigation standards set by San Diego county, which are considered tougher than the Wildland-Urban Interface Code that California follows, says Brandon Weiss, Dvele’s chief innovation officer.
The San Diego standard mandates such products as ember-resistant soffits (to keep fire detritus from getting inside the house), noncombustible siding, and dual-glazed R-20 windows. A rooftop solar array from Sunflare provides energy resilience. Skyview’s selling price was $1.4 million, including $550,000 in land costs.
Architect Guylee Simmonds explains how he refitted a 100-person ferry lifeboat into a home with Hygge and embarked on a four-month trip to the Fjords with a dog called Shackleton.
Seven long years of architectural training were drawing to a close when friends Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel began planning a celebratory hiking trip in Norway. “It was an escape for us from the mundane working life we were in,” Simmonds explains. “But then it grew in scale.”
The lightbulb moment came about after Simmonds found a small community of oil rig lifeboats that had been converted into house boats on the waterways of the UK. The fire was lit. Simmonds began considering buying and converting a commercial lifeboat and using it to travel 5000km to the Norwegian Arctic. To keep costs down, Simmonds and Schnabel would undertake the bulk of the refit work and approach sponsors to help fund the adventure. With the plan in place, all Simmonds had to do was persuade Schnabel. “I convinced him it was a good idea,” Simmonds says. “We had to work out the reality of finding a lifeboat, the particulars of the route, the safety and how we wanted to approach the design.”
CleanTechnica met up with Sunflare Solar’s Chief Marketing Officer Elizabeth Sanderson, and Vice President of Commercial Business Development, Joshua Held at the 2019 Solar Power International in Salt Lake City, Utah to get the update on an exciting new 40 megawatt solar installation the firm has been tapped for.
The new installation at a retired landfill in Israel leverages Sunflare’s thin, lightweight solar panels to transform the otherwise unusable sloped surfaces of the landfill into an important part of a new on-site solar farm. Up at the top of the landfill mound, traditional ballasted fixed-tilt photovoltaic solar panels will complement the 40 MW Sunflare array
Sunflare’s new solar energy offering aims to serve as an alternative to traditional silicon solar racks on metal roofs. To accomplish this, the LiteMount system offers a durable series of solar modules that weigh less than one pound per square foot installed – or approximately one-fourth of most silicon framed panels, according to the manufacturer.
Sunflare has introduced its LiteMount solar panel to the market. The lightweight CIGS thin-film module seamlessly integrates with existing metal roof racking attachments. The panel weighs one-quarter less than most silicon framed modules.
“Our mission is to reduce CO2, so it’s imperative to find innovative ways to go where traditional solar can’t,” said Sunflare CEO Philip Gao. “At almost 4-lb per square foot, silicon is too heavy to be installed on many metal roofs.”
It’s not a yellow submarine. But it can theoretically be submerged and remain unharmed. Why would such an attribute be necessary? In its former life, before two British architects, Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel repurposed it, it was a lifeboat that could fit 100 people. Its original home was dangling off the side of a Scottish Ferry where it awaited its moment of glory as a savior.
But when it was decommissioned, Guylee and David had another vision for the boat. In its new life, it’s a houseboat, or more accurately, an adventure vessel that explores the high cliffs and deep waters of the Norwegian Artic, with all the comforts of home.
Today I'm installing 370 watts of flexible solar panels on the DIY Travel Trailer Project! In the video I'll show how I ran the solar wiring, installed the flexible solar panels, made the charge controller / battery connections, and ran everything in the trailer off of just solar and battery power. This represents the last major step in the build to make the trailer off grid capable and usable for camping!
Going on an off-grid adventure doesn’t mean you should abandon technology altogether. We live in the digital age, which means we should enhance our backcountry experience with tech to enjoy the best of both worlds. The Sunflare Flexible Solar Panel will help you power your gear up so you can fully-enjoy your stay in nature.
Drive rugged roads confidently with Sunflare Flexible Solar Panels on your roof. The brand claims its super-thin stainless steel construction is more flexible than standard silicon-based solar panels. This makes them easier to install and eliminates potential micro-cracking that silicon panels can experience from flexing on rough roads. Sunflare Solar Panels are available in 105- to 180-watt models and cost $449 to $749.
An operator of a custom dolphin observation boat has combined Sunflare solar panels with lithium-ion batteries for what may be the first charter vessel of it kind, says the Key West owner. Dubbed “The Squid,” the vessel was designed for tour operator Honest Eco by David Walworth, an MIT-educated boat designer and builder.
The vessel sports Squid has two BMW i3 batteries that weigh in at about 1200 pounds, while the 12 custom-sized modules produce 2000 watts of power and weigh only 120 pounds combined. Sunflare’s light, thin, and flexible CIGS panels have only one-quarter of the weight of traditional solar panels.
The owner says it’s the first of its kind plug-in, lithium ion battery-powered, hybrid charter boat with purely electric motors. Electricity is stored in the batteries, which can be recharged from shore power, the Sunflare panels, or a top EPA tier backup diesel motor.
Visitors who want to see the 200 wild bottlenose dolphins that live around the lower Florida Keys now have a more eco-friendly option. Squid, the first lithium ion battery-powered hybrid charter boat with electric motors, takes visitors on four-hour dolphin watching and snorkeling tours. The solar-powered boat’s electricity stores can be recharged at shore, via solar panels or, when necessary, with a diesel generator.
The amount of energy Squid consumes varies day to day, depending on the location of the dolphins. Sometimes the bottlenoses are close to shore and easy to find. Other days, they’re farther away. Even on the longest journey, when Squid enlists its generator, the boat only burns 3 gallons of diesel fuel per trip, or about one quarter gallon of fossil fuel per guest. The previous dolphin watching boat consumed about 2.3 gallons per person.
Save the earth or rescue injured and lost hikers. Which would you choose? Fortunately, you don't have to. A startup called Sunflare has introduced tough rooftop solar that's being used by a search and rescue operation in Washington state. The panels have been mounted to an ex-Swiss Army Pinzgauer vehicle, powering a load of electronics that were formerly powered by the vehicle's gasoline engine.
Deep in the light blue waters of Key West, Florida (US) Honest Eco’s founding captain, Billy Litmer, says their dolphin watching tours help their guests “understand and interact with wildlife from a curious yet courteous proximity.”
In creating his eco touring company, Billy invested in everything he needed to guarantee an unforgettable experience for his guests--knowledge, custom boats, and quality gear. Sunflare’s light, thin, flexible and rugged solar panels are a part of the quality gear that makes Honest Eco successful and sustainable.
Innovative designer and builder Graham Hill sets out to transform a steep Maui jungle plot into a 600-square-foot, hi-tech dream home with multiple moving walls and other space-maximizing features.
Solar company Sunflare will reveal the prototype for its solar thin-film residential roof shingle at the 2018 Solar Power International show later this month.
The new shingles, made of CIGS solar cells covered in light weight polymer sheets, will feature snap-together electrical connectors and 100 percent waterproofing. They will be able to be installed using standard roofing methods, the company says.
There are many property owners who hesitate in installing solar because of how the panels will look on their roof, or because they worry about possibly damaging their roof during installation. Sunflare, a California-based manufacturing company, creates innovative products that help overcome these obstacles.
Sunflare has been in the business of photovoltaic (PV) design and manufacturing since 2009. The company is headquartered in the U.S., but also has offices in Sweden and China.
Sunflare offers a variety of PV products – from parking retrofit systems to semi-rigid products for large-scale ground mount installations. But perhaps their most popular product is their flexible solar panels that are designed for rooftop installations. These panels stick to roofs without any mounting hardware or roof penetration. The technology has an industrial-strength glue that will secure it to a variety of roofing materials, including rubber membrane and metal.
One of the most exciting companies we found at the 2018 Solar Power International show in Anaheim this year was Sunflare and its line of flexible CIGS solar panels.
CleanTechnica sat down with Sunflare’s Chief Marketing Officer, Elizabeth Sanderson, and its Vice President of Commercial Business Development, Joshua Held, to chat about their world debut at SPI. “This is our launch to the world, at this show,” Joshua said.
Sunflare may have made its world debut at SPI this year, but is is by no means new to solar. The company has been working on the design of its cells and products for 9 years now and only started actually producing the cells at meaningful volumes last year.
When it comes to water and power, “we’re literally getting it from the sky,” says Hill. That concept is certainly not new, but it’s strange to see it reconciled for a building that’s so adjacent to modern life. The solar panels, designed and installed by Sunflare, don’t look like your average photovoltaics propped up on the roof. “Typical solar panels always appear like this alien thing glommed on to your roof,” he says. “They just don’t look good.” Sunflare’s 10 kilowatt setup, he argues, is quite seamlessly fitted into the roof, and looks more or less like a flat fixture of the jet-black roof rather than an add-on component.
Will the best solar shingle solution please stand up. Sunflare is rising from its chair at the 2018 Solar Power International (booth #2482) to debut its new, easy to install residential shingles . The photos look sharp, and Sunflare says these patent-pending residential roof shingles with snap-together electrical connectors allow for standard-roofing installation, simpler wiring and are 100 percent water-proof.
This video was completely edited and uploaded on solar power!!! Lou and I are so grateful to have worked with Philip and the whole Sunflare team to make our solar power dream setup a reality. We have 3 Sunflare panels - two 134W panels and one 77W panel. We attached them with 3m double-sided tape and will go into which battery we use and our full electrical system in another video (once we iron out a few little kinks with our water pump.) Thank you again to Sunflare for giving us these panels. Ody would never have looked this sleek if it wasn't for your generosity.
Their latest success is tents coated in thin, flexible solar panels that generate enough power to run a refrigerator, phone, laptops, portable speakers, lights and more.
Maui is a perfect space for the challenge he set upon himself: build a minimalist, sustainable house for a whole family. Hill finished this "Ohana" house project, LifeEdited Maui in January. It is a prototype for an off grid residence, barely connected to any communal power or water system. It sustains itself through advanced and barely visible film-like solar panels from Sunflare, and collects water that is cleaned through the in-house filter system. In the bathroom he uses dry toilets from Swedish Separett, that don’t use any water and help build healthy soil on the property.
If you loved LifeEdited’s shape-shifting Manhattan apartment from a few years ago, prepare to be stunned by the design consultancy’s latest project—an off-grid luxury Maui home that produces more energy than it needs. While LifeEdited:Maui is more than double the size of the transforming Manhattan project, the Hawaii home was likewise built to push the envelope in sustainable design. The home, built for LifeEdited founder Graham Hill, offers the top of the line in eco-friendly and space-saving amenities, materials, and technologies – from Sunflare solar panels to Resource Furniture murphy beds.
Building a stand-alone house also gave Mr. Hill the opportunity to play with the sort of green technology featured on TreeHugger but almost impossible to deploy in a Manhattan apartment. The standing-seam metal roof is covered with thin-film solar panels from Sunflare that are nearly invisible. They generate enough power not only to run the house but to charge Mr. Hill’s car (a 1973 Volkswagen Thing that he had Hawaii Off-Grid convert to an electric vehicle with recycled Tesla batteries) and his electric Magnum bicycles.
Spending quality time out-of-doors is not only fun, but science says it's good for our well-being too. For camping enthusiasts, there's many ways to camp in comfort beyond a regular tent, and a lightweight teardrop trailer is one of them. Minnesota-based Vistabule makes some very nice retro-flavoured gems, and they are now partnering up with flexible solar panel maker Sunflare (previously) to offer a teardrop that can go off-grid, allowing you to turn on lights, charge your devices and even run a small refrigerator -- all powered by the sun.
The breakthrough that Sunflare has delivered begins in the manufacturing process, which the company says is the cleanest and most environmentally friendly in the industry. Using what it calls Capture4 technology, the new Sunflare solar panels are created on a cell-by-cell level, which improves both durability and performance. This also allows the manufacturer to do things like add bypass diodes to each individual cell as well, giving them the ability to turn themselves off when shaded without negatively impacting the performance of any unshaded cells around them. The result is better energy production even in shady conditions.
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Sunflare, a Los Angeles-based startup, is looking to become the next solar heavyweight with its lightweight panels. Compared to conventional solar panels, Sunflare’s panel products have the same metallic blue look, but not much else in common. The company’s panels are thin, flexible, and lightweight. Instead of silicon and glass, Sunflare uses a stainless steel substrate with copper, indium, gallium, and selenide to make a semiconductor that’s only a few micrometers thick.
Perhaps one of the most useful innovations in solar cell technology is the emergence of flexible solar generating materials.Los Angeles-based startup Sunflare's CIGS solar cells are a stellar example, because they are supplied in a roll not too unlike wallpaper. Upon reaching their destination, the solar material can be rolled out and mounted to nearly any surface -- sometimes with little more hardware than some double-sided tape. The ultra-lightweight solar cells weigh 65 percent less than traditional solar panels and are also 10 percent more efficient, generating more energy in areas that need it most. The panels' flexible delivery make them a perfect solar solution in rural areas and for portable projects, with an affordable price as well. Sunflare estimates the energy produced by their rolled up solar cells costs as little as $1.07 per watt.
Super lightweight and thin, Sunflare® solar cells will change what you think of harnessing your own green energy. They’re manufactured under exacting conditions for minimal environmental impact and can be applied to practically anything, making your solar powered dream no big deal.