Solar PV Technology for the Cutting Edge of Solar Car Racing – ( Solar Thermal Magazine )
With all the buzz surrounding the use of alternative energy, interesting concepts are popping up every day. The latest is credited to Trina Solar, a renowned Chinese solar PV manufacturer that, in conjunction with Osaka Sangyo University, is venturing into solar car technology.
The project will rely on Trina’s latest solar PV technology that boasts of top-range efficiency levels in addition to Japanese university’s innovations in solar-powered car technology. The car will be used in an upcoming race against other solar-powered cars.
The car in question, which is going by the name “OSU-Model-S” will run exclusively on solar PV power during the race. In total, 565 of Trina’s latest solar PV technology cells will be needed to provide the car with the energy it will need. The cells are about 23.1% efficient in industrial settings and up to 24.4% in laboratory situations.
Although the OSU-Model-S has the backing of high efficiency IBC cells, it will also have to go head-to-head with other cars in the IFA Suzuka Solar Car Race in Japan and prove its mettle in still emerging world of solar powered vehicles. Both stakeholders are confident of success in the race, especially considering that the solar PV cell technology installed into this car is similar to the IBC cells used on a solar-powered aircraft currently in operation around the world, Solar Impulse-2.
Trina Solar, a Chinese alternative energy outfit, has been in the front line when it comes to developing and promoting the best solar PV technology. The company has become a symbol of quality, innovation, and excellence in the competitive photovoltaics industry by producing solar PV modules and providing related solutions and services. Its willingness to partner with developers in other sectors such as Osaka Sangyo University has also helped Trina to get better insight into the broadening sweep of solar energy applications in real life.
This solar car competition is quite prestigious, and entrants must bring their latest technological innovations to stand a chance against other ambitious and innovative competitors. Osaka University has competed in the race before, but it believes that its cooperation with Trina solar, which has given it access to the latest solar PV technology, will give it a leg up in the race.
Various universities are involved in the race, and all of them rely heavily on the latest in solar PV technology as a strategy to triumph over the competition. Trina’s contribution will not only provide quality, but high levels of efficiency and reliability that should give the solar-powered car the boost it needs to become a formidable competitor in the upcoming race.