March 26, 2014
Go Power, one of North America’s leading innovators of solar-based mobile power solutions, announces its new Solar Flex panels will be used by Cummins Crosspoint to demonstrate new solar applications at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week in Louisville.
A Solar Flex-powered system will be on display at the Crosspoint Solutions ClimaCab booth #11056 and is being used to show how solar power alone can keep dedicated batteries in their battery-powered cab-comfort systems fully charged and ready to start equipment. The product also can be seen at the Go Power booth #66173, the company says.
The thin, flexible, ultra-high-efficiency Solar Flex GP-FLEX series panels were originally developed for the RV industry, where AC power loads and HVAC climate control demands are similar to those of a small cottage. Go Power says the Solar Flex panels were designed to contour to the roof of an RV and to allow the vehicle to operate completely autonomously for weeks at a time, with no need to connect to Shorepower or any other supplemental power resource.
“By focusing on fully solar-powering RVs, we tackled and solved the hardest problem first,” says Sean O’Connor, sales channel manager for Go Power North America. “I can’t imagine a sleeper cab with a power demand that would even approach what our Solar Flex technology has been able to deliver to full-time RVers.”
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The Solar Flex system has the ability to produce about 100 watts-per-foot of trailer length. A 53-foot trailer has the roof area to hold approximately fifty 100-watt Solar Flex panels and to generate about 5,000 watts, or about 280 amps, of DC power per hour. When combined with a Go Power inverter, the company says a system can produce up to 3,000 watts of AC power per hour. Unlike traditional carbon-based power plants, the Go Power! solar solution regenerates batteries while taking idling, emissions, noise and fuel costs out of the equation, the company says.
Cummins Crosspoint says it was looking for a reliable solar-based method for keeping the dedicated batteries used in Carrier Transicold refrigeration units and ClimaCab battery-powered cab-comfort systems optimally charged, which led it to Go Power.
“We have been looking for a practical solar solution for battery regeneration for a while, but the rigid-panel systems we found couldn’t stand up to the shock, vibration and debris strikes that vehicles commonly encounter; plus, they were heavy and bulky,” says Joe Aschenbener, general manager for Crosspoint Power and Refrigeration. “The light, thin Solar Flex system is bendable, can mount almost anywhere and is so durable, you can drive over it without significantly damaging it.”