A leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and kayaks for the outdoor/recreational water sports 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.
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.
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.
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