Solar technology is a revolution happening in slow motion. You forget about them, then all of sudden you realise that some very cool stuff is happening. Take these Maxeon Air 330 flexible solar panels for example. They’re not just bendy, but designed to be fitted to roofs without frames. This is a. big. deal. for solar in general. What most people don’t realise is that most of the cost of installing solar comes from the installation nowadays. The actual panels costs have plummeted, but not the labour and other bits to install. Proper bendy panels, with no frame requirement, means two things.
One, you can install them in a much much larger range of places. And two, the cost of installation is also going to plummet. Result, more solar in more places. Which is definitely good for the planet. What also makes these panels special is the fact that they’re not your typical flexible panels with poor specs and 100W output. These guys output 330W per panel (with 20.9% efficiency) which is equivalent to normal rigid panels. Game changer. No idea on price yet, but they’re due out this summer.
Think about the possibilities in big cities, where it’s typically very difficult to install conventional panels because of all the installation issues. Or roofs which can’t hold the weight of normal solar installations? Did we mention that they’re less than half the weight of normal panels at just 6kg/m2? Very cool tech indeed.