Tips on Installing Marine Solar Panels

Sailors
can use solar panels for their energy needs, to run appliances or lights, even
in cases when their generator is broken or when they don’t have enough energy
in their batteries. Recharging batteries is much easier to do when using solar
panels.

 

For a
sailor, knowing how to install a solar panel in marine conditions can prove to
be important, so it’s a skill worth knowing. You should also learn what solar
panel works best in your situation. Usually, solar panels will use one of three
main types of solar cells. Each of them comes with their own disadvantages and
advantages.

 

Different
Solar Panel Types

 

1. Monocrystalline
cells will give you solar panels which are very efficient, while occupying a
smaller space, but they don’t have protection against shade.

 

2. Polycrystalline
cells will provide you with solar panels that are highly efficient, with even a
smaller amount of space occupied, but still lacking shade protection.

 

3. If
you get a solar panel that uses amorphous silicon cells, you will get a smaller
efficiency in the conversion, with more space occupied, but at least you get
the shade protection.

 

You
will find both flexible and hard types of marine solar panels. You can use a
hard solar panel on a deck. A solar panel that is flexible can be used either
on a canvas or on a deck.

 

Solar
Panels Number and Size

 

You
will also need to be able to calculate the number of solar panels you should
install on a boat, which is part of using marine solar panels. You can find on
the Internet this information. You should install around 20% more solar panels,
than what you estimate you will need to run your boat.

 

How
You Should Place a Solar Panel

 

After
you find out how many panels you need, and how big they should be, you should
look for the place where you can install them. The panel’s size and the
configuration of the boat determine where you can install the solar panels. You
should read the solar panel instructions and make sure that the warranty isn’t
cancelled by anything in the installation process.

 

The
easy answer to the question of where should the solar panels be installed is in
a place where they will get the most sun. The place that gets the less amount
of shade and the most amount of sunlight is the perfect place to install your
solar panels. When you install a solar panel, you should use braces/bars to
make sure they are secured.

 

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