LightLeaf Solar’s Structural Solar Panel (SSP) is a new and innovative type of solar panel that is perfect for powering marine, RV, automotive or aerospace vehicles.
Until now, adding solar power to anything beyond a roof has been quite challenging. Rigid glass solar panels are heavy, sharp, and awkward to install and use, and flexible panels are damage-prone and hard to install and maintain over the long-term. Traditionally, both of these are often tacked on top of an otherwise elegantly designed watercraft, RV, etc., which is less than ideal.
LightLeaf Solar’s SSP is a great solution to all of these traditional challenges. It is strong, rigid, lightweight, durable and molded to the required shape. These panels can be customized to almost any sizing and shaping requirements for optimal fit. Rather than being tacked on top, they are integrated with the structure, which adds beauty and strength, instead of subtracting esthetics and functionality.
Cool Things about our Structural Solar Panels
Strong & stiff monolithic construction using aerospace materials and techniques. The structure is the solar panel and the solar panel is the structure.
Aka - NOT floppy flexible or a glass picture frame. You can stand on them.
Super Light & Thin
1/4 the weight of traditional glass panels and only 8mm thick
Aka - super light, same as a heavy blanket
Custom or standard sizes from 10 to 160 Watts
Aka - You pick based on your solar needs!
Impact & abuse tolerant construction. Flexible panels bend, breaking cells. Glass panels shatter catastrophically with severe impact. SSP’s absorb the shock, at worst forming a dimple, with minimal performance loss.
Aka - no cell-breaking flapping or bending, no terminal shattering.
We use high efficiency SunPower monocrystalline cells
Aka - top of the line, 23% efficiency cells
These panels are monolithically waterproof and are fitted with a custom low profile junction box with IP66 performance.
Aka - withstands heavy rainstorms
Save weight, cost, complexity and time by combining solar power with *whatever*! Build it in! Not Paste it on!
Aka - Solar is the Thing and the Thing is solar.
Made with our proprietary molding technique from high-performance materials including Carbon, Kevlar, Flax, S-Glass and Foam/Balsa core. Tailored to take the load.
Aka - awesome, proprietary process
Can be molded to almost any shape & integrated structurally and aesthetically into your design!
Aka - we can design & make for your needs!
What will this power?
Our 100w panels will charge your phone, tablet, laptop, power a stereo, TV, fan, bluetooth speaker, boil water, among other awesome things!
(at STC 1000W/m2, AM 1.5, 25 oC)
for 100W SSP Carbon/Carbon Construction
|Cell Type||Monocrystalline, 125 mm|
|Cell Arrangement||32 (4 x 8)|
|Dimensions||556 x 1064 mm|
|Panel Thickness||8 mm|
|Maximum Applied Bending Moment (Applied lengthwise)||240 N-m (91kg person standing in the panel centre)|
|Deflection at Maximum Applied Bending Moment (Panel Center)||7mm|
|J-Box||Potted, 2 Diodes, Back exit, Semi-flush|
|Cable||14 AWG Marine Duplex|
|Nominal Max power (Pmax)||100W|
|Optimal Operation Voltage (Vmp)||17.3V|
|Optimal Operation Current (Imp)||5.8A|
|Open Circuit Voltage (Voc)||21.2V|
|Short Circuit Current (Isc)||6.2A|