Solar panels are photovoltaic cells. It is a technology that uses semiconductors to transform solar energy into electricity. They can be found on the yacht in the form of characteristic black panels attached to the most exposed to sun places on the yacht. Such a solution has been gaining popularity recently thanks to the falling price of the cells and their constantly increasing efficiency. Solar panels are being used on yachts more and more often also due to the fact that they sail in very sunny regions, where the sky is rarely cloudy, which allows to maximize the potential of this solution. On yachts, the panels are used to charge the batteries.
What should be kept in mind when having solar panels on board?
- Solar performance is directly related to weather conditions and season. If the sun shines strongly, and is high, their efficiency is greatest.
- Solar panels can limit the space on a yacht, but they are usually installed so as not to disturb anything.