The Challenge: A leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and kayaks for the outdoor/recreational watersport market wanted to combine their products with Torqeedo electric propulsion motors. With this package, customers would be able to experience the fun of small-craft boating without the hassle of gasoline engines.
PowerFilm worked with both the boat manufacturer and the motor manufacturer to develop a solution that would fit this market.
Solar panel technologies such as crystalline panels would not work well in this application due to the weight, thickness and other limitations.
The Approach: PowerFilm created a solar panel which serves as part of the top canopy for the boat. The canopy now serves double duty as shade and a solar power source for the boat's electric motor. This solar module uses highly durable encapsulation material for long life in outdoor installations and saltwater environments.
The Solution: PowerFilm's solution has enabled these companies to revolutionize the boating industry by offering a solar power package that is environmentally friendly, easily installed by customers and meets their unique needs.