Fraunhofer-Project: Integration of PV in Heavy-Load Transport

Industry News – Tuesday, April 07, 2020

To lower the emissions of heavy-load vehicle traffic, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is leading a project with four industrial companies and two Fraunhofer institutes, developing concepts for the widespread use of integrated PV modules on electrical and commercial vehicles.

“Trucks provide lots of area with great sun exposure and electric-drive vehicles are equipped with large batteries. This combination presents an ideal situation for generating valuable on-board electricity with photovoltaics. This increases the driving range and all of that is provided with 100 percent renewable energy”, explains Dr. Harry Wirth, division director of Photovoltaics, Modules and Power Plants at Fraunhofer ISE.

Because of the high requirements on the PV modules – high resistance, easy installing, high space utilization level and low weight – new semiconductor technologies will be used, also there will be tests for suitable material combinations and the best ways for integrating the power electronics. The German company Sunset Energiekonzept GmbH will modify its existing production line to manufacture the new modules in series production. Additionally, the Fraunhofer Institue for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI is developing an energy forecasting model for the newly equipped trucks.


Source & Image: Fraunhofer ISE | www.ise.fraunhofer.de

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