29. March 2019

Why Solbian?

The market offers an overwhelmingly big selection of flexible solar panels. These are optically similar but show massive differences in small – but crucial – technical details.
Solbian, being the inventor of modern flexible solar panels – has the objective of being at the forefront of innovation and quality in this sector. Combined with a high level of service and support beginning at the first customer contact through the whole system lifetime we make sure to find the best solution for every single project – be it a small cargo bike or an impressive superyacht.
Investments in modern machinery together with a strong focus on research and development make sure we always stay one step ahead.

SolbianFlex solar panels are manufactured to every customer’s specifications in Avigliana, Italy, close to Turin. An in-house technical office takes care of the planning of your system – be it analyzing CAD data of your project or optimizing the cable positions and internal cell layout to maximize energy yield for your specific project. We deliver complete kits, ready for installation.

Even if optically similar to imported solar panels, SolbianFlex panels differ from other products in a couple of important details. Some of these are:

  • Selected SunPower™ solar cells featuring 24% cell efficiency
  • Self-cleaning and highly resistant ECTFE frontsheet
  • Every single panel is tested throughly using a sun simulator and an electroluminescence test bench: Only a perfect solar panel will leave our factory.
  • Panel-integrated bypass diodes for cell protection and maximum shade tolerance
  • Genuine Hirschmann™ junction boxes
  • Genuine MultiContact™ MC4 connectors
  • 100% made-to-measure
  • Fully certified: IEC61215, IEC61730, ISO9001, OHSAS18001, ISO14001
  • 5 years warranty on material and workmanship, even when used in extreme conditions

In total this gives you a strong advantage: Reliable systems guarantee fail-safety in remote areas, where self-sufficient energy supply can be crucial. Dealers, installers and shipyards profit from extremely low numbers of replacements and happy customers. The price tag, being higher when simply compared to other systems pricing, may at first seem higher but the longer lifetime, significantly lower maintenance cost and easy installation will finally result in cost-savings.

The demanding offshore racing circuit proves our aspiration: For almost 15 years almost all racing yachts with solar panels have chosen Solbian as their supplier. Numerous round-the-world races onboard IMOCA 60 during the Vendée Globe, the Jules Verne Trophy of IDEC Sport and lots of other successful racing projects show the capability of our photovoltaic systems to withstand even the toughest environmental conditions. Other applications range from expedition trucks in Africa through shelters in alpine areas to solar-driven airplanes, choosing our products for their low weight and high efficiency.