FAQ  

 

Why is the S2E solar canopy frame made of aluminium and not plastic? 

The inherent qualities of strength, stability and durability found in aluminium meet our requirements in manufacturing a high quality product. Aluminium enhances the sheerline modern Scandinavian design.  Furthermore an aluminium frame affords the best protection if struck by lightning.The S2E solar canopy unit, comprising of the photovoltaic panels and metal frame, form the top of a Faraday cage; the uprights and the vehicle itself form the other side. Experts in the field assure us of the advantages of this construction. Among other things that often act as Faraday cages are:Cars and aircraft, when struck by lightning. The metal frame and outer skin of the vehicle cause the electrical charge to travel safely away from the occupants. 

link to YouTube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUWxYesR5Wo

link to Wikipedia:  http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage  

 

When you claim the S2E solar canopies for golf cars and utility vehicles provide 30 - 35% extended range in typical applications, what exactly does that mean? 

Under sunny weather conditions the S2E 2-module solar canopy will provide an extra 1.2 - 1.3 kWh per day. Under continuous driving conditions, this is enough to extend a golf car's range by at least 30 - 35%. Under normal golfing conditions, with intermittent stops and starts, this extra solar energy may well be enough for the golf car to run for several days or weeks, making normal recharging  unnecessary. During golf tournaments held in Denmark we have experienced several weeks of unimpaired driving with no need to recharge from the grid. Denmark and Newfoundland, Canada, are both on the same line of latitude - 56°N.  

 

Is the S2E solar canopyperformance the same on cloudy days as on sunny days? 

The performance of the S2E solar canopy depends upon the intensity of energy generated by solar radiation, also known as insolation .  On average the insolation on a horizontal surface varies from 1 to 9 kWh per m per day, depending on the time of year and the location. On a dark, cloudy day , with very low solar radiation, the solar cells' power production will be reduced proportionately. However, the S2E solar canopy is equipped with controller technology, which ensures maximum possible solar energy input and counteracts energy loss due to insufficient voltage output from the solar panels.    

 

What if a golf ball hits an S2E solar canopy? 

The solar cells on the S2E solar canopies are protected by tempered glass, which is four to five times stronger than standard glass and does not break into sharp shards when it fails. Tempered glass is manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, making it harder than normal glass. The brittle nature of tempered glass causes it to shatter into small oval-shaped pebbles when broken. This eliminates the danger of sharp edges. Due to this property, along with its strength, tempered glass is often referred to as safety glass.  In extreme cases the protective glass panel will shatter if hit at right angles by a golf ball traveling at full speed. In cases where angle of impact is somewhat less than 90°, the golf ball will bounce off, causing little or no damage.    

 

Why do you use tempered glass instead of plastic to cover the solar cells? 

Tempered glass is durable. Glass is easier to clean and will maintain its transparency over time. This is important for ensuring maximum long term efficiency of the S2E solar panels.Plastic is prone to scratching and tends to lose its transparency.   

 

  What about damage to the S2E solar canopy when hit by hailstones? 

Under normal conditions hail will not harm the S2E solar canopy.  In extreme situations, though, when the hailstones are large enough to damage ordinary cars, they will probably also damage the S2E solar canopy.  

 

How do you connect the S2E solar cells to the golf car? 

A plain instruction manual is supplied with each S2E canopy. Follow the instructions carefully.  

 

Can I buy a rain enclosure to fit the S2E solar canopy? 

We are currently developing various accessories including rain enclosures.  

 

Will the S2Esolar canopyhave any negative impacts on the Club Car IQ system? 

Not if mounted correctly according to SolarDrive instructions.  

 

What do you do with the existing plastic canopy after replacing it with the S2E solar panel? 

Store the existing plastic canopy in a dry place until the car is to be sold. The S2E solar panel can be transferred to the newly acquired model, and the old golf car can be re-fitted with its original plastic canopy, ready for sale.In the event of disposal of both the old golf car and the plastic canopy, seek information on correct environmental disposal from the refuse authorities in your local municipal area.  

 

How can I see that the S2E solarcanopy is set to be used on 36 volt instead of 48 volt? 

The voltage setting can be adjusted by a key switch situated on top of the controller box.  

 

If I order a new Club Car can I have it delivered with anS2E solar canopy? 

On ordering your new Club Car, stipulate which model S2E solar canopy suits your requirements. On delivery, your new Club Car will be fitted with the S2E solar canopy of your choice.   

 

If I order a new E-Z-GO or Yamaha can I have it delivered with an S2E solar canopy? 

On ordering your new golf car, stipulate which model S2E solar canopy suits your re-quirements. On delivery, your new golf car will be fitted with the S2E solar canopy of your choice.   

 

How much does the S2E solar canopyweigh?  Will it have a negative impact on my car? 

A complete S2E solar canopy weighs approx. 30 kg / 66 lbs. This is approx. 20 kg / 44 lbs. heavier than a standard plastic roof. Fully loaded most 2 seater golf cars weigh over 500 kg. / 1100 lbs.. The extra weight added by the solar canopy will only have a marginal impact on the performance and stability of your golf car. 

 

What about lightning? 

An aluminium frame affords the best protection if struck by lightning.The S2E solar canopy unit, comprising of the photovoltaic panels and metal frame, form the top of a Faraday cage;  the uprights and the vehicle itself form the other side. Experts in the field assure us of the advantages of this construction. Among other things that often act as Faraday cages are:Cars and aircraft, when struck by lightning. The metal frame and outer skin of the vehicle cause the electrical charge to travel safely away from the occupants. 

link to YouTube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUWxYesR5Wo

link to Wikipedia:  http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage

 

Where can I buy a S2E? 

Check our updated distributor list at

www.solardrive.com/solardrive-distributors.aspx          

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