Solbian Energie Alternative Srl
Solbian Energie Alternative Srl was founded in 2009, following the success among professional sailors of the innovative SolbianFlex photovoltaic module developed in 2006 in collaboration with the CNR for Giovanni Soldini’s Class 40. A product that combines high-efficiency monocrystalline cells laminated with special thin, light plastic polymers with high chemical and mechanical resilience.
The power and reliability of crystalline silicon cells, combined with the lightness and flexibility of modern polymers.
The careful choice of materials and their thickness creates the right balance between protection of thin photovoltaic cells and the creation of a flexible and light case. Extreme flexibility, which will surprise anyone who has handled a crystalline solar cell, normally so brittle that they break under very low stress.
The polymers used are also characterized by high resistance to weathering, enabling certification according to IEC 61215 and 61730, a guarantee of long life even under the most extreme conditions, such as on racing yachts where the Solbian technology was applied for the first time.
The Solbian product, in its various versions, is a light, flexible and impact resistant PV module, which can even be walked upon. Lightness and flexibility make Solbian modules particularly suited to marine and sustainable mobility applications .
Series SP, SL, CP, CV – A cell for every need
The different fields of application of Solbian modules have led to a differentiation of the product related to the use of different types of cell. Starting by the use of reliable and highly efficient cells to the monocrystalline silicon have been defined the following series.
SP Series – The world’s most powerful flexible modules made with the highest quality SunPower cells. “Back-contact” cells which hold the record for efficiency in commercial products, reaching 23% conversion of sunlight into electricity. The main market for this series of modules is marine and all those applications where it is important to get the most power from the smallest possible space, plus a very attractive aesthetic effect thanks to the smooth black surface of the SunPower cells.
SXp Series – The polycrystalline solar cells used in the SXp series are electrically connected using ultra-thin copper wires that form a very fine mesh on the cell surface, resulting in thousands of contact connected points. This alternative to the standard bus-bar method allows a higher module power and increases the energy yield. This technology is optimally suited to flexible modules, due to its intrinsic insensitivity to micro-cracks, that are the most common cause of energy loss in solar modules. Another advantage is a reduced sensitiveness to shading, a quite important issue in marine and mobility applications. The new connection technology, together with the use of high efficiency polycrystalline silicon cells, makes SXp panels especially powerful and reliable.
CP Series – The use of 156 mm square cells allows further economies of scale while remaining at efficiency levels comparable with those of the SL series. The modules in this series, the largest in size and power, are aimed at campers, golf carts, electric cars, where typically larger surface areas are available.