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Old 25-02-2021, 11:45   #1
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Unfolding solar?

Has anyone tried making unfolding solar panels? To help increase the solar room in decent conditions?

Underway it seems like it would be a problem, but when anchored it could greatly increase power generation?
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Old 25-02-2021, 12:09   #2
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Re: Unfolding solar?

Saw picture or perhaps a YT video of an arch on yacht that had solar panels slide out like a dining room table when conditions allowed. However, when you really want those panels is when its windy, cloudy and wet not flat calm and sunny.

We replaced a suitcase solar panel that slipped and smashed with one of these. Quality isn't great but its light and easy to store away. More importantly if you move it several times a day to face the sun it really earns its keep and generates quite a bit of power compared to panels in a fixed position.

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Old 25-02-2021, 12:28   #3
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Re: Unfolding solar?

Yep, for a small boat that is often anchoring and does not have big energy demands, I think it is the way to go. I like Pete's set-up. I put a flexible panel on a thin sheet of plywood years ago and it lives under a bunk. It is easy to set up and move and it is true about the virtue of being able to place it for more direct sun. The reduced windage is nice and I generally look very disapprovingly upon any sharp corners available to fall on, on mounted panels. If there is a sharp corner around, it is sure to find me.

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