From a world champion solar car to custom made yachts. After producing the world’s best commercially available solar panel for cars, the founders of KRSolar considered it time to make the product available to a broader spectrum of users. In order to bring their technology from an experimental stage used in racing cars to the yachting industry, several adjustments had to be made. Every project is a unique opportunity to show what’s possible with the power of the sun. Therefore, it is their challenge to demonstrate that instead of a bulky heavy requirement, a solar panel can be an elegant and beautiful addition to your yacht.
KRSolar’s core strength is the production of tailor made solar panels. This means that practically any surface on a boat can be covered with solar panels, independent of its shape or curvature. Even though the product used on the solar car was already the best commercially available, they consistently strive to find the best materials to enhance performance. Apart from pursuing the highest efficiency, they also use various colors and materials to adapt to different applications. These solar panels can easily be adapted to meet almost every possible esthetic desire.
Since high quality solar panels need high quality electronics and wiring, KRSolar supplies the whole system. This way they can ensure that the system is optimally built and makes it possible to promise the best quality.
In addition to their custom made solar panels, KRSolar recently introduced a state-of-the-art innovation: transparent solar panel stickers that fit perfectly on the top of most commonly used hatches. Because of the adhesive backside, the solar panels can effortlessly be installed on the hatches. The panels can be produced in different sizes, and use the same top quality solar cells and high quality materials as with the custom projects.
To give an indication, on a 20”x20” hatch these panels can produce a power of 32 Wp. Because more than 30% of the light is let through the solar sticker, a sufficient amount of light will still go through the hatch. By using the area of the hatches, there can be a solar energy increase of 60% on the boat.
KRSolar produced the solar array for Solar Team Eindhoven’s solar car, Stella Vie. This car was designed to compete at the 2017 World Solar Challenge in Australia in the Cruiser Class. Stella Vie, like the team’s two preceding cars, won the competition in their class.
The Stella Vie’s solar array consists of 5 square meters SunPower back-contact solar cells. The modules placed on the front of the car have curved edges that fit seamlessly on the car.
KRSolar has its roots in September 2015 when Bo, David and Siebe joined as three of the eight students responsible for building and preparing Nuna8S for the Sasol Solar Challenge 2016 in South Africa. For more than a year they put their studies on hold at Delft University of Technology to become part of the Nuon Solar Team.
In preceding years, the team has raced all over the world with its solar car Nuna: the World Solar Challenge in Australia, the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa and the Suzuka Dream Cup in Japan. With nine World championship titles in the last 16 years, the Nuon Solar Team can proudly call itself the most successful solar car team in the world. The team from the Delft University of Technology has only one goal for every race: defend the title of world champion. In order to achieve this goal, a lot of research is done to push the limits of technology.
As the Electrical Engineer of the team, David continued research done by the previous teams and completed the development of the solar panel. As the Technical Manager of the team, Bo was closely involved and assisted David in his research. During the production of the solar panel Siebe joined to complete the group.
Just as their predecessors, the Nuon Solar Team succeeded in their goal to cross the finish in Cape Town the first. Therefore, only the best solar panel would suit to be placed on the car. Not only efficiency and weight had to be taken into account; aerodynamic and cooling behavior, dust adhesion and of course handling and cleaning were of importance.
At the first of October 2016, after 8 days of racing and more than 4700 kilometers they managed to win. The finish marked the end of their time with the solar team and the beginning of their own solar adventure.