Why does 4thD Solar exclusively use Merlin Solar panels? The reason why is through data that we have collected and data that other labs have collected the Merlin Solar panels consistently outperformed all other panels on the market.
We are not the only ones saying it. Just ask Google. They trust the Merlin cells to power their satellites in space. You want to talk about harsh environments then that is space. Each satellite orbits the Earth 15 times a day and is subject to -185°C to +185°C temperature swings. The Merlin panels were designed to handle not only the harshness of space but also almost anything us terrestrial beings can throw at it.
At the core of Merlin’s patented technology is an innovative pair of metal grids that serve as intra-cell and inter-cell interconnects. This interconnect system not only enables us to extract more power compared to standard solar panels, it dramatically improves the reliability performance and ruggedness of the solar panels. Our panels have the proven performance and reliability of c-Si solar cells as well as the ease of deployment of thin film solar panels.
Merlin uses the same copper and solder as any bus bar in the industry, but by using 20 redundant lines and 2,000+ interconnects, the benefits to the reliability and current collection are immense.