Sol-Lux needed a solar solution powerful enough to operate their retractable awning with a custom footprint to match their awning design requirements. Sol-Lux also needed a solar technology that would create enough power even while being in partially shaded environments. Finally, part of Sol-Lux’s design required a connection that was no thicker than the solar panel itself (approximately .018 inches).
PowerFilm’s amorphous silicon solar technology provided the ideal starting point with its industry-leading performance in low light and shade tolerance when compared to other solar technologies. Amorphous silicon’s inherent flexibility also made it the best option to integrate into the awning design while adding almost no weight or bulk.
With a history of custom designs, including both solar panels and associated electronics and connectors, PowerFilm was also able to suggest several options for a low-profile connector from the panel into the awning motor housing.
When a stock panel providing 5Wh per day didn’t provide enough power for Sol-Lux, PowerFilm generated a custom solution creating about 6.7 Wh per day. It met design requirements for footprint, curved mounting surface, and ultra-thin connection.
The result of the custom build, connection and close collaboration between PowerFilm and Sol-Lux is a smart window shade that helps people save on energy costs.
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