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Old 12-19-2015, 02:37 PM   #31 (permalink)
California98Civic
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I had planned panels for my car roof once, but gave up because it seemed like too little power to be worth it. This grid-tie is a cool idea.

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The 100 watt panel seems like it may not want to conform to a convex surface. It seems like it needs real flat or a flat curved surface.
I had not thought about compound curves when shopping for flexible panels. Makes a lot of sense. Unless you shape the panel with cuts, the corners will want to poke up. That would be disaster at speed.

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The only thing I don't like is the hump where the wires tie into the panels.
I hated that prospect too.

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See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.



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