PowerFilm has extensive knowledge of encapsulation and laminate technology. Based on environment and application needs, Powerfilm can recommend an encapsulation process to meet any requirement. Below are several common requirements that can be addressed by selecting the proper encapsulation.
For applications with extended exposure to direct sunlight, UV stable laminates are available for all Electronic Component Solar Panels. Alternatively, panels mounted in a clear UV resistant enclosure, would not require a UV stabilized encapsulation.
In general, for indoor and intermittent outdoor applications, UV stability is not required.
A weather sealing encapsulation can be added to any Electronic Component Solar Panels, making them completely weather and moisture-proof.
Electronic Component Solar Panels in the Classic Application Series and Indoor Light Series do not have moisture sealed edges. Over time direct contact with moisture, high humidity, and temperature can cause corrosion to ingress from the edges of the panels.
Often mounting the panel in a clear weatherproof enclosure can be a cost-effective option.
In general, for indoor and intermittent outdoor applications, weatherproofing is not required.
Flexibility and Thickness
Electronic Component Solar Panel thickness ranges from 0.22 – 0.5+mm depending on the lamination stack used.
Standard Electronic Component Solar Panels have a minimum bend radius of 1 inch for fixed installations and 3 inches for repetitive flexing. In general, thinner laminates will be more flexible. Panels can be mounted onto a thicker substrate to increase rigidity.