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Old 30-04-2014, 11:29   #1
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What is best way to install mixed solar systems?

I want to add solar to our boat and am leaning toward a Kyocera panel with MPPT controller on the dinghy davits, and Solbian flex panels on the bimini top. From my understanding, Solbian panels need controllers specific to them so we will have a mix of systems feeding power to the batteries. I am not entirely green when it comes to electrical systems on boats, but still certainly a novice, so....

1. Where can I get educated to understand the implications of installing a mixed solar system and what is important?
2. From the vast experience on this forum, what should I be watching out for?
3. Any other general advice concerning the subject.

Thanks!
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Re: What is best way to install mixed solar systems?

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I want to add solar to our boat and am leaning toward a Kyocera panel with MPPT controller on the dinghy davits, and Solbian flex panels on the bimini top. From my understanding, Solbian panels need controllers specific to them so we will have a mix of systems feeding power to the batteries. I am not entirely green when it comes to electrical systems on boats, but still certainly a novice, so....

1. Where can I get educated to understand the implications of installing a mixed solar system and what is important?
2. From the vast experience on this forum, what should I be watching out for?
3. Any other general advice concerning the subject.

Thanks!
Capt Bill,

Only the Solbian 40W and 50W panels need specific (voltage boost) controllers like the Genasun GVB, which change the input voltage from the panel up to the battery charging voltage. This is because they are 8V panels (made with larger, uncut cells for less % loss with partial shading of cells). The larger Solbian panels are 16V and up so use typical controllers like the Genasun GV and many others.

Attached is a very helpful info sheet by SE USA Solbian distributor Rob Warren (AKA Yoda) of Coastal Climate Control in MD.

I hope this helps!
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Thank you. This is very helpful!
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