Can the solar panels withstand falling cargo?
The solar panels are perfectly resistant to sand, particles, fine cargo, dust, and hail. However, as a general rule, anything that can damage the hatch will also damage the solar panel, such as heavy or sharp cargo. During loading and unloading, you can place a hatch without solar panels on top of the stack to protect the underlying Solar Hatches.
Can I walk on the solar panels?
Only in emergencies. We strongly advise against walking on the solar panels as it can accelerate degradation (loss of energy efficiency). Additionally, sharp objects may get stuck underfoot. If you happen to walk on them by accident, do not worry, the panels will not immediately break, but due to potential faster degradation, we do not recommend it.
What is the lifespan of Solar Hatches
At least 15 years, moreover all components are certified to last 25 years. We have conducted mechanical degradation tests in collaboration with Delft University of Technology. The results? The Solar Hatches did not experience any additional degradation during their lifespan.
Is it possible to use Solar Hatches on a ADN certified ship?
Solar Hatches can be used on ADN certified ships but need to be turned off when actually carrying dangerous goods. When carrying ADN cargo in containers, you place the Solar Hatches as far as possible from the containers, at least 2 meter away it and turn the Solar Hatches electrical group off. When carrying ADN without containers, that is, you cover the cargo with your hatches, you additionally cover the Solar Hatches with a opaque sail.