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HOW DOES SOLARGAPS WORK?

SolarGaps smart blinds are the first blinds that automatically track the sun and generate electricity from its energy while keeping your apartment or office cool. Installed on the outside of the building, our blinds will not only lower your power bills but also provide active shading to reduce air conditioning usage and consequently, reduce your carbon footprint.

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The two main features photovoltaic energy generation, and smart shading features are combined together to achieve the best economic effect, i.e. you will save both on your electricity bill and reduce the operational costs on air conditioning up to 30%.

How does it work? SolarGaps is an all-in-one solution. Simply plug it in and the solar energy will charge your devices connected to the electrical grid, thus, reducing power usage from external electricity providers. If you have an emergency battery storage, you can also connect it to the SolarGaps system and use the solar-powered energy whenever you need it. Only 1 small window of around 1 sqm with our SolarGaps system can reduce electricity usage for 100 Watts per hour.

The SolarGaps system consists of solar panels connected by a durable steel cable that ensures secure attachment, even when the wind is strong. Solar blinds fully retract for a clean appearance and are protected by a headbox. The length of the wire provided corresponds to the window height plus an additional one and a half meter. The system is connected to the electrical grid through the inverter that transforms solar power into electricity. This, in turn, means the amount of energy used from your electrical providers will be reduced by the amount of electricity generated by the blinds. The operating temperature of SolarGaps blinds ranges from -20°C up to 60°C at the relative humidity of 20% and from -10°C up to 40°C at a humidity of 80% correspondingly. Built for all weathers, SolarGaps blinds have a “storm” protection mode. In the case of severe weather conditions, the blinds should be fully retracted. Strong metal blinds will protect your apartment from burglars while mobile app account protection make these smart blinds pointless to steal. The warranty of SolarGaps is two years, with a lifespan of at least ten years.

The SolarGaps system consists of solar panels connected by a durable steel cable that ensures secure attachment, even when the wind is strong. Solar blinds fully retract for a clean appearance and are protected by a headbox. The length of the wire provided corresponds to the window height plus an additional one and a half meter. The system is connected to the electrical grid through the inverter that transforms solar power into electricity. This, in turn, means the amount of energy used from your electrical providers will be reduced by the amount of electricity generated by the blinds. The operating temperature of SolarGaps blinds ranges from -20°C up to 60°C at the relative humidity of 20% and from -10°C up to 40°C at a humidity of 80% correspondingly. Built for all weathers, SolarGaps blinds have a “storm” protection mode. In the case of severe weather conditions, the blinds should be fully retracted. Strong metal blinds will protect your apartment from burglars while mobile app account protection make these smart blinds pointless to steal. The warranty of SolarGaps is two years, with a lifespan of at least ten years.

We always choose what is best for our product and that is why we use SunPower C60 solar elements made of laminated monocrystalline silicon cells with 22% efficiency.

Embedded in the swiss aluminum panels, SunPower solar elements with ETFE coating allow the solar panels to reach 100 Watt capacity per each 1 sqr meter during the daytime. The surface of the solar elements is designed to ensure easy cleaning when it is necessary, even though most of the dirt is being washed off naturally by rain and snowmelt.

The lifespan of solar panels is at least 20 years. However, it doesn’t mean that your PV panels will become completely worthless, it just means that after two decades of usage the efficiency of solar panels will slowly start to decrease. Usually, solar panels degrade by about 1% each year and it is quite common for a 20-year-old, high-quality solar cells to perform at 80% of their original productivity.

We always choose what is best for our product and that is why we use SunPower C60 solar elements made of laminated monocrystalline silicon cells with 22% efficiency.
Embedded in the swiss aluminum panels, SunPower solar elements with ETFE coating allow the solar panels to reach 100 Watt capacity per each 1 sqr meter during the daytime. The surface of the solar elements is designed to ensure easy cleaning when it is necessary, even though most of the dirt is being washed off naturally by rain and snowmelt.
The lifespan of solar panels is at least 20 years. However, it doesn’t mean that your PV panels will become completely worthless, it just means that after two decades of usage the efficiency of solar panels will slowly start to decrease. Usually, solar panels degrade by about 1% each year and it is quite common for a 20-year-old, high-quality solar cells to perform at 80% of their original productivity.

You can get all the benefits of using SolarGaps smart blinds system with an easy-to-use app, available for Android (4.4 and up) and iOS (11 and up). SolarGaps blinds will be connected to your smartphone through Wi-Fi.

For the SolarGaps app to work flawlessly, high-quality signal with a speed of no less than 1 Mbps is required.

Regardless of where you are in the world or how far away you are from home, you can still control the position of the slats.

This feature will help you to make it look like you have never left your home so this way no one will try to break in and it is useful if you urgently need to retract your blinds if a storm or blizzard is approaching.

You can get reports and control the blinds with your smartphone or integrate it into your smart home system as it is fully compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Your smart blinds, therefore, will not only generate photovoltaic energy but also wake you up in the morning and keep your apartment private at night.

You can get all the benefits of using SolarGaps smart blinds system with an easy-to-use app, available for Android (4.4 and up) and iOS (11 and up). SolarGaps blinds will be connected to your smartphone through Wi-Fi.

For the SolarGaps app to work flawlessly, high-quality signal with a speed of no less than 1 Mbps is required.

Regardless of where you are in the world or how far away you are from home, you can still control the position of the slats.

This feature will help you to make it look like you have never left your home so this way no one will try to break in and it is useful if you urgently need to retract your blinds if a storm or blizzard is approaching.

You can get reports and control the blinds with your smartphone or integrate it into your smart home system as it is fully compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Your smart blinds, therefore, will not only generate photovoltaic energy but also wake you up in the morning and keep your apartment private at night.

Electronic management device (EMD), invented by SolarGaps, is responsible for the slat position, enabling a “smart tracking” feature, and controls electricity generation, as well as transmits data from the blinds to the cloud platform and mobile application.

To fulfill these functions most efficiently we use a high-quality Somfy motor to work in connection with theSolarGaps EMD. The sturdy Somfy motor is powered by electricity operating in -20°C temperatures.

As the system is mounted outside, the level of noise produced by the motor is ultra-low and will barely be heard from inside. As the system is connected to the electrical grid, the motor is being powered by electricity, which enables its operation in low temperatures.

The motor’s power consumption is insignificant comparing to the amount of energy that is being generated by the solar panels of SolarGaps blinds.

Electronic management device (EMD), invented by SolarGaps, is responsible for the slat position, enabling a “smart tracking” feature, and controls electricity generation, as well as transmits data from the blinds to the cloud platform and mobile application.

To fulfill these functions most efficiently we use a high-quality Somfy motor to work in connection with theSolarGaps EMD. The sturdy Somfy motor is powered by electricity operating in -20°C temperatures.

As the system is mounted outside, the level of noise produced by the motor is ultra-low and will barely be heard from inside. As the system is connected to the electrical grid, the motor is being powered by electricity, which enables its operation in low temperatures.

The motor’s power consumption is insignificant comparing to the amount of energy that is being generated by the solar panels of SolarGaps blinds.

The direct current (DC) energy generated by a solar panel is not useful on its own as most households and offices using alternating current (AC). A solar inverter or a photovoltaic (PV) inverter converts DC energy into AC energy for powering appliances connected to the grid.

SolarGaps system is connected to your home electrical grid or to the battery storage through the certified micro inverter that makes solar energy compatible with it.

The inverter is sold separately but is provided already attached to the system so that you only have to plug in the SolarGaps system before the solar energy will power your devices and home appliances.

The high-quality inverters we chose for our smart solar blinds are practically silent and do not produce any noise emission. Our customers often choose to attach their inverters in the hidden place, like under the windowsill.

The direct current (DC) energy generated by a solar panel is not useful on its own as most households and offices using alternating current (AC). A solar inverter or a photovoltaic (PV) inverter converts DC energy into AC energy for powering appliances connected to the grid.

SolarGaps system is connected to your home electrical grid or to the battery storage through the certified micro inverter that makes solar energy compatible with it.

The inverter is sold separately but is provided already attached to the system so that you only have to plug in the SolarGaps system before the solar energy will power your devices and home appliances.

The high-quality inverters we chose for our smart solar blinds are practically silent and do not produce any noise emission. Our customers often choose to attach their inverters in the hidden place, like under the windowsill.

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FAQ

How does SolarGaps work?

All you have to do is plug SolarGaps into a power outlet and the inverter will convert solar energy into electricity that can be used by all your devices. This means SolarGaps will feed electrical power that you can instantly use or store in a battery for later use.

How can I buy SolarGaps?

Please fill out the form “GET A QUOTE" on our website (be sure to specify the size of the window on which you are going to install SolarGaps). We will send you a price estimation by mail.

How much energy will it generate?

1 sq m of SolarGaps blinds generates up to 100W per hour, which is sufficient to charge a smartphone, a laptop or to power a TV during sunny hours. For example, one average window (approximately 2 sq m)  will generate around 1 Kilowatt per day, depending on your location, season, building facing, etc. The auto sun tracking system ensures the most efficient sun energy is captured at all times.

How much will I save with SolarGaps?

SolarGaps smart blinds will help you to save on electrical bills by not only producing green energy (up to 100W per 1 sq m per hour) for your household or office needs, but also by keeping the apartment cool, which means reducing cooling costs. This combination of features allows you to save on your power bills up to 30%.

How long is the warranty period?

We provide all customers with a two-year warranty on SolarGaps blinds, which is the industry average warranty term.

What is an inverter and why do I need it?

Solar energy is not useful on its own. A solar inverter transforms solar energy into electricity that your home appliances use.

Do I need to buy the inverter and how much does it cost?

We provide inverters for an extra charge. The type of inverter and its price depends on the size of the solar blinds.

Are you certified in Europe/USA?

SolarGaps is certified in the EU (CE Certificate). We have already applied for a certificate in North America at the beginning of 2019 and are going to obtain it in 2020.

Can I buy a home battery for energy storage?

Unfortunately, we do not provide batteries along with the system, but we are working on making it available for our customers. The batteries will be up for sale in 2020.

How do the blinds endure winter?

The operating temperature of SolarGaps blinds ranges from -20°C up to 60°C at a relative humidity of 20%. In the case of snow, blinds must be fully retracted (opened) to avoid freezing and the extra mass that snow can couse. 

How smart is it?

SolarGaps blinds automatically adjust the angle to capture solar energy and provide shading in the most effective way. You can get reports and control the blinds with your smartphone. SolarGaps blinds will wake you up in the morning and keep your privacy at night.

Will it block the view?

You can still enjoy the view because our smart solar blinds are fully retractable. With all the controls you need at your fingertips and with Smart Home integration changing the position of your blinds it’s as simple as asking. SolarGaps blinds are available in different colors, so you can enen choose what is best for your apartment’s design.

What is the payback period?

The question we are asked a lot is how long does it take for SolarGaps blinds to pay off. Well, of course, the payback period depends on many factors such as the size of your smart blinds, the facing direction of the building, electricity cost per kWh in your country, sunshine hours, etc. Thus, the payback period should be calculated individually, as there is no single answer to this question. And don’t forget that SolarGaps functions are not limited to energy generation only.

Can it be installed inside?

Unfortunately, we do not produce inner blinds. Our system is not designed to be installed inside of the apartment or office because solar energy generation and shading effect will not be as productive as when it is installed outside.

Does it emit any noise?

As the system is mounted outside, the level of noise produced by the motor is ultra-low and will barely be heard from inside.

Will it get dirty and how to clean it?

The surface of the solar elements is designed to ensure easy cleaning when it is necessary, even though most of the dirt is being washed off naturally by rain and snowmelt.

What is the min/max size of blinds you can produce?

The minimum size of the blinds we can produce is W85 x H85 cm or (W33 x H33 in), the maximum size is W400 x H260 cm (13 ft 1 in x 8 ft 6 in).

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