Sunflare solar panels are constructed for rugged expedition. We start with a flexible, stainless steel substrate and add a layer of semiconductors less than one micrometer thick.Then the modules are covered with a polymer top sheet. Rigid silicon panels are covered with glass and can shatter when hit by rocks or branches.
Traditional silicon solar panels are rigid, heavy and thick. They must be mounted with hardware and require multiple penetrations in the RV.
Sunflare module thickness is 1.7 mm
Weight: 11 lbs
Silicon modules thickness is 40-50 mm
Weight: 44 lbs
Sunflare comes with adhesive pre-applied on to the back, so installation is a breeze. Just peel and stick. Wait 48 hours and that panel can withstand gale force winds.
Micro-cracks are minute cracks in silicon solar cells that are impossible to see, but impact the performance of your panel. Micro-cracks can be caused by the flexing and vibration of a vehicle during off-road or rough road travel. It can also be caused by mishandling in the delivery process, or in the installation process. Sunflare panels are not made of brittle silicon, and they do not micro-crack.
Some fractured cells already at delivery
After walking on top row, cell fractures easily > dark pattern
After walking on top row and right column
After walking 1 lap
Module underperforms already at delivery.
By walking on the module cells fracture and Power is reduced.
Sunflare is better in partial shading vs traditional panels. Sunflare has bypass diodes at every cell so that if one cell is shaded that’s the only cell that turns off. Other panels have a bypass diode per string (or per 2 strings). That means if one cell in that string is shaded, the whole string is knocked out. Depending where the shade falls, for example, if a branch casts a shadow across a row, the entire panel could be totally knocked out.
Shading facts, a side by side test:
Light, Thin, flexible and rugged panels follow the line of any product design and does not add aerodynamic drag.
25 Year Energy Production warranty.
Linear Energy Production Guarantee assures a minimum:
90% efficiency output for first 10 years
80% efficiency output 11-25 years
This video shows how to install Sunflare panels on a rooftop tent.
This video demonstrates the benefit of Sunflare bypass diodes on your solar panel to improve your camping experience.