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Swedish Royal Institute of Technology sets fuel efficiency record with Midsummer solar cells

A vehicle from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) set a new Swedish fuel efficiency record of 181.5km/kWh in the Shell Eco Marathon competition, a race in which European universities compete to power a vehicle as far as possible on the energy equivalent to a liter of fuel. KTH competed with thin solar cells made by Midsummer, a leading supplier of production lines for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible thin film solar cells, CIGS.

 

Participants in the Shell Eco Marathon must come up with innovative solutions to create fuel-efficient vehicles. KTH participated with its car – Elba – and finished in fifth place.

In the contest, held in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the new improved Elba was able to set a new Swedish record of 181.5km/kWh – a performance which equates to a car driving a distance of 158km for a total cost of around 1 Swedish Krona (€0.11 or US$0.15).

“The solar cells needed to be integrated into the car's design,” says Alex Witt, production manager at Midsummer. “The only possible solar solution that would integrate in Elba's aerodynamic shape was Midsummer's flexible thin film solar cells on stainless steel, which could easily follow the curved body of the vehicle without cracking. This solution would have been impossible with silicon solar cells as they crack easily.

 

“In this year's competition, KTH used last year's car – Elba – which was rebuilt. The custom-made flexible solar cell modules were placed strategically on the vehicle to optimize the exposure of the sun and thereafter connected in series to generate as high voltage as possible into the system,” Witt continued.

Midsummer is a leading global provider of turnkey production lines for cost-effective manufacture of flexible thin film solar cells categorized as CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenide). Midsummer has developed a rapid process for the production of these solar cells using sputtering of all layers of the solar cell. This allows for scalable and cost-efficient manufacturing of thin film solar cells.

 

CIGS flexible solar modules are growing in popularity thanks to their low weight, flexibility and durability. Potential applications include floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules.

2 September 2014


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