WORK TRUCK SHOW -- Go Power unveiled its new Solar Flex solar panels to the industry for the first time at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ind. The thin, flexible, ultra-high-efficiency Solar Flex GP-FLEX series panels use high-efficiency monocrystalline cells to produce more power per square foot than any other flexible panel on the market, according to the company.
Unlike rigid solar panels, Solar Flex panels require no mounting brackets or framework, and at just three millimeters thick, the panels can be contoured to mount almost anywhere on a vehicle. The slender panels are aerodynamic and are engineered to be virtually indestructible.
The Solar Flex panels are clad in a tough, impermeable, marine-grade laminate and can be secured with fasteners through pre-cut eyelets or adhesively mounted to metal, rubber, fiberglass and plastic surfaces with parabolic bends of as much as 30 degrees. The panels are durable enough to walk on and can be affixed to horizontal body surfaces that sustain foot traffic.
A Go Power solar work truck power system can be configured to generate a battery-charging range of 1.7 amps per hour to 100-plus amps per hour. The system is comprehensive and includes: Solar Flex panels, a solar controller that prevents battery overcharging, a complete wire harness system, an EX1050 absorbed glass mat deep-cycle battery bank, a Go Power pure sine or modified sine inverter, and heavy-duty AC power outlets that can be strategically located throughout the truck body and in aerial equipment.
As a comparison to carbon-based systems, Go Power encourages a fleet to view the vehicle’s battery as it would an auxiliary fuel tank. Amp usage is like fuel consumption, and in a conventional system the only way to recharge the battery is to use the vehicle’s alternator or DC chargers, which requires burning fossil fuels. The Go Power Solar Flex system has the ability to generate up to 100 amps of DC power per hour, and when combined with a Go Power Inverter, the system can produce 1,000 watts of AC power per hour.
The new Solar Flex panels come in convenient 30-, 100- and 200-watt power kits and can be paired with a wide range of Go Power inverters for a complete system. For customized mobile power solutions for work trucks, vans and utility vehicles visit http://gpelectric.com/fleet-contact-form.