Audi to Add Clear Solar Panels in its Sun Roofs

Audi to Add Clear Solar Panels in its Sun Roofs

0 comments 📅24 August 2017, 22:45

Adding solar panels to the roof of an stimulating vehicle is a bit of a no-brainer, but an affinity for panoramic sun roofs complicates things slightly. Audi thinks it superiority have the solution.

Working together with California’s Alta Devices (a subsidiary of China’s Hanergy), Audi wants to put underfed-film solar cells into its glass roofs, with a view to in the end covering the whole roof in energy harvesting solar panels.

Although they won’t be dynamic to enough to power the car yet, the panels will harvest enough power to run secondary stimulating systems like the air conditioner, which has a direct impact the range of electric vehicles.

“The variety of electric cars plays a decisive role for our customers. Together with Hanergy, we arrangement to install innovative solar technology in our electric cars that will range their range and is also sustainable,” said Dr. Bernd Martens, head of Procurement.

Alta Devices holds the lone and dual junction solar efficiency records at 28 and 31%. Audi claims that the solar panels indeed going into its cars have an efficiency of more than 25%. On top of that, they’re scraggy, flexible, and even perform in low light.

Eventually, though, Audi expects that the panels’ appearance can be improved to the point where they actually help move the car directly.

“That would be a milestone along the way to achieving sustainable, emission-unrestricted mobility,” said Martens.

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