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Old 06-12-2014, 11:47 AM   #1
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Has anyone used flexible solar?

Came across this article and video. Has anyone used these on their B?

Normally, I'd think that they would get too hot, but this says it's not a problem.


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I've never used "flexible solar" but it's gaining popularity in different areas. I don't see why it would be any problem.
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In europe they're testing solar embedded into the road surface.
My only concern at the moment would be the cost, seems really high.
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Our '05 class A came with a small 7 watt solar panel glued to the fiberglass roof. It soon failed so I tried to peel it off in preparation for installing a regular 60W panel on mounts. I discovered the fiberglass underneath was glaze cracked due to the heat I guess, so I just reinstalled the little panel with some flexible sealant. It was only about 3 years old at the time.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:16 PM   #5
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This is not what we are talking about. These flexible solar panels are a new product.

You do bring up an interesting point about something stuck to the roof. From what I understand, they are applied with 3m tape, and not sealant. If you seal all around it, you may be trapping heat in and thus damaging the fiberglass. Not sure if you would even mount that way on an epdm roof. These panels may not be an option for people with a rubber roof.
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From what I understand, they are applied with 3m tape, and not sealant. If you seal all around it, you may be trapping heat in and thus damaging the fiberglass. Not sure if you would even mount that way on an epdm roof. These panels may not be an option for people with a rubber roof.
Good point. The tape would seem to be a better idea. Nevertheless, most of the panels I have worked with get very hot.
The flex panels look interesting, but the price.....
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i know in the past some would start a fire if a tree crust it just in the right place where the wiring was in the unit .. but that was years ago and dont know what type it ways
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The Uni-Solar amorphous silicon photovoltaic thin film panels are a known performer. Recent monocrystaline flex panels are unproven.

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I have two Renogy 100 watt panels on the roof of my Sprinter MH. They've been working great for me.
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