Japan pushes solar solutions for shipping industry
Release Date: 2021-5-22 Source:Chiefan 

Japan's Eco Marine Power (EMP) has partnered with F-Wave to develop integrated photovoltaic solar solutions for the shipping industry. These solar solutions will utilize F-Wave's vibration-resistant flexible light superior technology, combined with EMP's extensive experience in the development of shipboard solar systems.

F-Wave's flexible solar cell uses a unique series technology through holes formed in the thin film structure, allowing it to connect wirelessly to the electrode. This tandem structure could help flexible solar cells absorb a wider spectrum of solar energy. In addition, these cells show higher performance in hot weather due to the annealing effect. Annealing effect is a heat treatment process that alters the mechanical or electrical properties of a material by changing its microstructure, increasing the efficiency of the system compared to the loss of efficiency typically seen in crystalline batteries.

In addition to developing integrated solar solutions for the Marine and Marine industry, EMP will market F-Wave's products globally for use in new shipbuilding projects.

Commenting on the collaboration, EMP Chief Technology Officer Greg Atkinson said the company has been researching solar solutions for the past five years, and research has shown that many of EMP's PV products are not suitable for prolonged use in harsh Marine environments.

"The PV technology developed by F-Wave has a unique proprietary structure that makes the solar panels more robust and durable, truly ship-based," Atkinson said. The technology is also more flexible and can be installed in a variety of ways, either on deck or horizontally on Energysail products, and then on the ship's superstructure. We also believe this technology can reduce installation costs and provide ships with a cost-effective, zero-emission power source over the long term."

In a solar news story from Japan, the Japanese company Ricoh provides details about a solar cell it has developed. The maximum power output of the battery is said to be 20 per cent higher than that of existing products.

The batteries can work in sub-zero temperatures as well as warmer temperatures, and can generate electricity from indoor or lower light levels.