Vehicle-integrated photovoltaics for low-speed electric vehicles – pv magazine International
Canadian startup Capsolar says its flexible solar modules can be adapted to any type of low-speed electric vehicle without additional modification or custom work. The panels have an efficiency of 21.3% and are based on 24% efficient solar cells supplied by the American manufacturer SunPower.
The Quebec startup Capsolar has developed a solar panel for in-vehicle applications.
“The CAPSolar‘s SM–550 solar module is capable of maximizing the capture of solar energy in a dynamic adjustment by reduce the impact of shading on its performance while being like robust andlightweight as possible when Climb on our structure who can adapt to any type of low-speed electric vehicle”, the company’s CEO, Samy Benhamza, said photo magazine.
The module has a size of 2,100 millimeters X 1,320 millimeter X 25 mm and weighs 30 kg. It has a power conversion efficiency of 21.3%, an open circuit voltage of 108.0V, a short circuit current of 6.4A and a fill factor of 76%. It can operate with a maximum temperature of 45 C while driving and 55 C when the vehicle is stationary.
The panel is based on 24% efficient solar cells supplied by the American manufacturer SunPower. It also has an IP67 enclosure and an MPPT step-down controller. “Solar sign itself is fully flexible but once mounted on our structure, it conforms to the desired shape and becomes rigid. In its layout, strategically oriented solar cell series to help in to handle bettering different angles of incidence and combined with multiple derivations diodes, we have an optimum shadows managersyou“, Benhamza said.
According to the manufacturer, the panel offers 70% higher daily energy production at equal power as competing products. The company tested the module in Montreal, Quebec on a customer’s vehicle and claims it has achieved an average range extension of 17% per day, peaking at 26% on the sunniest days.
“Together with our strategic European partners in Belgium, we have developed a fully modular, patent-pending system that allows us to adapt our panels, just like LEGO, for each type of low-speed electric vehicle without additional modification or work on measure,” explained Benhamza.
Capsolar is currently data collection at better determine the parameters that have the most impact on the performance of a vehicle–
integrated solar module. “We can then transmit this data to the charge controller we are design and wee artificial intelligence to optimize operating parameters of the provincial deputy–followed algorithm,” Benhamza concluded.
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