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Would this be a place to start learning:
LEARN TO BUILD YOUR OWN SOLAR CELLS PANELS DIY KIT | eBay

They are 2/2 not 6x6 but I'm thinking it might be enough to learn on.

I see many panels are 3 x 6 is that OK?
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108-3x6 solar cells manufacturing grade cells with wire kit and leadbox(A grade) | eBay

Do you have a link for the panels you used?
How do you choose.?

Are you using any encapsulant?
Did you sand the clear gellcoat?
If not how did you get it smooth?

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Re: Solar deck instead of solar panels

Although this is an old thread, I am very curious and impressed as hell. Way to go! There are lots of compromises sure but its a great idea and needs to be tested under real conditions. Hope you are still around on Sailnet and will post an update on how its going. Its something I would sure consider on my Jeanneau 32 now that the boat will be on a mooring most days and I want to keep the fridge cold...
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Re: Solar deck instead of solar panels

Love to see pics of the cabin interior and how the wires were hidden from veiw seems like there mite be a few to run.
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Re: Solar deck instead of solar panels

The following "Deck Mounted Solar System" is easy to install and will definitely energize an entire race crew:



Solar panel Bikini's!!!
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Re: Solar deck instead of solar panels

Completely flexible plastic stick on solar cells with the same output as regular cells are now coming out of the lab & could be in production within a few years, should be a real game changer for solar power afloat as well as everywhere else. I'd imagine they would quickly be available/adaptable as ruggedized nonslip cut to fit rolls if they go into production. Looks like the weight would be HUGELY reduced compared to current set-ups.
I can't link but a short article is on the site Extremetech "Stanford creates flexible, high-efficiency peel-and-stick solar cells"
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Stanford creates flexible, high-efficiency peel-and-stick solar cells | ExtremeTech
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Peel-and-Stick: Fabricating Thin Film Solar Cell on Universal Substrates : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

7.5% efficiency - that will need to improve, too.
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Re: Solar deck instead of solar panels

I'm not an expert on solar, but, my guess is that for the square footage of solar cells, not a lot more power will be produced than an array mounted off the stern that doesn't have the problems with ventilation, thick overcoatings, and shading.
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I only have one thing to say about the solar deck....


Awesome!!
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Re: Solar deck instead of solar panels

How fragile are the current cells being used? I like the cells atop a hard binimi (saying that without any experience) and was wondering if you can walk on them.
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