I am investigating a solar installation
for my yacht and have experienced the minefield around their use in a marine
Non of the main stream manufacturers of solar panels
will guarantee or warranty the use of their panels
in a agricultural / marine environment
or on a mobile platform ie boats or RV [recreational vehicles].
But I have now located a manufacturer SOLAR
whose CIS panels have been passed for use in a salt
and ammonia environment as per the following article.
Hope this info helps anyone who like myself is searching for the most suitable panel for use on their boat.
If anyone has any other thin film CIS or CIGS panels that have passed these or similar tests would they please reply so that I can check them out
Solar Frontier’s thin film modules pass salt mist and ammonia resistance test
August 25, 2011
Solar Frontier (Tokyo, Japan) on August 22nd, 2011 announced that its CIS (copper, indium, selenium) thin-film PV modules have passed all salt mist and ammonia resistance tests devised by TÜV Rheinland (Cologne, Germany) and received the relevant certifications proving this. It is a distinction few PV manufacturers have.
In agricultural areas it is vital that the glass, frame and connections of the modules are not corroded by ammonia generated by livestock, while near seashores, resistance against the corrosive attributes of salt mist is essential. TÜV Rheinland’s tests showed that even high concentrations of salt mist and ammonia did not affect Solar Frontier’s modules or lead to accelerated degradation.
“With TÜV Rheinland salt mist and ammonia resistance certification
, installers and homeowners can now rest assured that a PV installation
with Solar Frontier modules is not only an economical and ecological investment, but also a secure investment when located near the seashore or in livestock-intensive agricultural areas,” said Wolfgang Lange, Managing Director, Solar Frontier Europe
“Our modules withstood even the most challenging TÜV Rheinland tests, showing that they remain unaffected by the corrosive properties of ammonia or salt mist.”
Solar Frontier’s globally distributed CIS thin-film modules, now rated up to 155W, are produced at its new gigawatt-scale Kunitomi plant in Miyazaki, Japan
for salt mist and ammonia testifies to the high quality of Solar Frontier’s made-in-Japan solar modules.
Source: Solar Server
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