PowerFilm Solar OEM Components
Best for prototyping or augmenting an existing electronic device, and many hobby projects (i.e. RC Aircraft, BEAM robots, and school projects).
The OEM Components line consists of the most basic of flexible solar cell technology. There are many different cells in four different product lines to choose from, ranging in size, voltage, current, and encapsulation material. Each cell is created by depositing amorphous silicon on a thin plastic substrate and then encapsulating the cells in either a Polyester coating or heavy duty Tefzel, a DuPont product. The cells are paper thin and can be wrapped around almost any curved surface. The four product lines are the Low Light Series, the Electronic Series, the RC Aircraft Series, and the WeatherProTM Series. Each series has been designed with certain characteristics. The Low Light Series is suited to indoor applications. The Electronics Series is perfect for integration into small portable electronics. The RC Aircraft Series has the best weight to power ratio as they were constructed with model aircraft in mind. The WeatherProTM Series was built for permanent fixture in the outdoors, as the Tefzel coating has a rated lifespan of 20 years.
Are custom modules available?
Yes, engineering fees vary according to the requirements of the job. Changes in encapsulants or widths are typically lower than requests for nonstandard power specifications and/or physical sizes.