SureShade Solar Shade introduces a groundbreaking retractable shade system that harnesses the abundant availability of the sun to generate and transmit supplemental boat power
SureShade Solar Shade (SS Solar) utilizes a proprietary electro-mechanical “power rotating transfer coupler” (PRTC) – developed by SureShade’s parent company Rodan Enterprises – which allows the transmission of solar-generated electrical power from a flexible solar panel sewn into the canvas roller to a supplemental power source on the boat, such as a rechargeable battery.
The transmission from the solar panel to the coupler is effected by wires sewn directly into the seam of the shade’s canvas. The coupler, which is affixed to the canvas roller, then transfers that power to the supplemental power source which can then power electrical accessories incorporated into the shade framework itself (such as LED lighting), or provide a recharge to the primary power grid on the boat.
As the evolution of advanced technological features and accessories onboard continues to enhance the boating experience, the resultant increase in energy demand to power such auxiliary equipment is not always efficiently met by conventional power sources on a vessel. However, by seamlessly integrating the means to generate and transmit power across the SureShade ATF shade – in and of itself an example of energy-driven innovative technology – boat builders and consumers can now enjoy the benefit of an additional power supply at minimal cost.
The combination of off-the-shelf components and simplicity in materials construction relative to the value this new energy capability delivers renders SS Solar an innovative distinction unmatched in the marine industry today.
“Bringing this new solar technology to market as an integrated component option on SureShade’s ATF Automated Boat Shade is a game changer for the boating industry,” said Dana Russikoff, SureShade business leader and co-founder. “The combination of off-the-shelf components and simplicity in materials construction relative to the value this new energy capability delivers renders SS Solar an innovative distinction unmatched in the marine industry today.”
SureShade Solar Shade – Product Introduction Video
A prototype demo of the new SureShade SS Solar was introduced to the marine industry at the 2017 IBEX show, along with SureShade’s other new products debuting at IBEX – the new MTX and ATF-SG boat shade systems.