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Flexible Solar Panels

What we need here is a genius who will develop flexible solar panels that can be adhered to both sides of the sails, thus increasing the panel area that we would have on board the boat.
And with the larger area for the solar panels you can carry more electronics and charge your batteries for night time usage. And use your blender for margaritas.
The parameters would be: Very flexible to where you can crunch them down when reefing. Taking multiple foldings over and over again with out destroying the solar panels.
weather proof. Especially on the crease lines of those folds.
Camouflaged in that it would blend in with the rest of the sail.
Most important: Low cost, very low cost.

Now does anyone know of such an item in development?

We could call this thread the Dreams of possible Research & Development board
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Your thinking nano solar?

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Sails are not oriented correctly, you have to spray it on the deck to get good wattage going on.
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Thats cause your boat don't heel much chuckles. A nice monohull would be a great platform. You could also pick up the uv reflected off of the water. You know the stuff that burns your face when wearing a sombrerro hehe.
I have lots of ideas on how to do this. I used to solarize lighthouses while in the USCG during my last tour.
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