Are solar panels suitable for use on ships?
Yes. Our marine solar power solutions use solar panels from Solbian Energie Alternative (Solbian) of Italy and these panels have been designed for marine use.
Can the solar panel size be customized?
Yes panels can be customized to a point depending on the technology and individual cell sizes however customized panels will cost more than standard panels.
What is the difference between Solbian SP and SX Series panels?
Basically the SP series provide more power but the SX series is better in situations where flexible panels are needed and where shading might be a problem. For projects on ships our suggestion is to use the SXp series.
Can the performance of a marine solar power system be monitored and performance data collected?
Yes. Our standard marine solar power solution includes an alarm & performance monitoring system known as the Aquarius MAS. This type-approved marine computer system can collect data from the solar panels, monitor the status of batteries, display alarms and even turn equipment on or off.
What is an MPPT Charge Controller?
A Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controller is used to optimize a solar panel array's output which can fluctuate based on shading and temperature variables. Generally speaking our marine solar power solutions use 1 MPPT charge controller for a string of panels (typically around 8) but it is also possible to use a less complex charge controller for each panel.
Can Eco Marine Power design a complete marine solar power system for a ship or vessel?
Yes. Eco Marine Power along with technical partners can provide a total marine solar power design including energy storage and the computer management system. (Aquarius MAS)
How can the solar panels be installed on a ship or vessel?
There is a variety of ways to install the panels on a ship or vessel. For example they can be attached directly to the deck using a special adhesive backing or mounted on special frames. There are many options available and Eco Marine Power can provide advice on which options are available.
Can only solar panels be ordered?
Yes we can supply just solar panels or accessories for shipping or marine releated projects.
Yes batteries suitable for use on ships can be supplied either as part of a total system or by themselves.
For large ships can Eco Marine Power supply the mounting frames for the solar panels?
If mounting frames are needed then they can be supplied via our technical partner – Teramoto Iron Works.
Do the solar panels come with connectors and a junction box?
If requested the panels will be supplied with a junction box and connectors. Cables can also be supplied.
For more information please see: Marine Solar Panels and Marine Solar Power