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Old 19-04-2013, 14:43   #31
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Re: Which controller ...last step ...

David, this helps me a lot thank you,it looks very simple and when the bimini is tight , I think it should be fine...

I really like the seting looks very simple. I decided to place the inox eyelets and velcro, since the zippers will reduce the space......

My Bimini is much smaller. and I have sailed with it with 35 knots and still is very solid. I really like the seting looks very simple. I decided to place the inox eyelets and velcro, Do you think will be safe also ?

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Old 19-04-2013, 16:00   #32
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One more......question
I just read that the panels have 5 year of energy production, that means that after 5 year.....are gone....or that means 5 years of continuous energy production...I mean if stored , it keeps "aging".....
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Old 19-04-2013, 19:19   #33
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I just read that the panels have 5 year of energy production, that means that after 5 year.....are gone....or that means 5 years of continuous energy production...I mean if stored , it keeps "aging".....
I'm not sure what you're referring to. There's no "consumption" of capacity with solar panels. Is this an issue of warranty? I'm assuming that, as long as the panels aren't abused, they will continue to function indefinitely.

As to your installation specifics, I'm assuming that the key is that the panels are easy to install and remove and are maintained in a stable position. Others like Maine Sail have done a number of installs. Their perspective will be a lot more useful in assessing the approach you're proposing.
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I just read that the panels have 5 year of energy production, that means that after 5 year.....are gone....or that means 5 years of continuous energy production...I mean if stored , it keeps "aging".....
Solar cells do decrease production with age.
The better rigid mono and poly panels provide guarantees that give some idea of the slow rate of deterioration.the guarantee usually specifies something like 90% output at 10 years and 80% at 20 years.

Amorphous solar cells used in some lexible solar panels deteriorate much more rapidly

The new flexible panels like Solbian use very similar cells to the rigid panels and should have a reasonable life, but we will not know untill they have been on the market longer.
Failure is likely to come from mechanical causes such as delamination, damage to the wiring, loss of transparency of the clear cover etc rather than the slow gradual inevitable deterioration of the solar cells.
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I think I read that in some solbian information.....but I am sure is for what nolex says....they need good care....
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