Elite: Dangerous. Bi-Weave vs Regular Shield on Fer-de-Lance
There is new shield generator in the game since 1.5 update called Bi-Weave, which requires less power but has faster regeneration speed at expense of shield strenght.
Bi-Weave shield strength is equivalent to a D-rated shield of the same rank.
A 7C Bi-Weave is the same as a 7D normal Shield Generator.
Bi-Weave shields have the same power draw and weight as a normal C-rated generator of the same class.
Bi-Weave Shields regenerate 50% faster than normal shields. This applies to broken shields and idle regeneration.
Bi-Weave shields turn purple when they're stronger, and fade to blue as your shields become weakened.
Class 5A and Bi-Weave C5 comparison
Fer-de-Lance with 8 shield boosters
Regular A5 Shield
Back online: 3m44s Fully charged: 9m53s
Bi-weave C5 Shield
Back online: 2m08s Fully charged: 5m09s
As you can see you will sacrifice 20% of your shield strength but shields will regenerate almost two times faster and you also save power because C5 Bi-Weave requires 1MW less power than A5 Shields, so there are already many uses for Bi-Weave shields on trading ships as well as combat ships.