Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor plan to introduce photo voltaic roof charging know-how on chosen Hyundai Motor Group automobiles. Electrical energy-generating photo voltaic panels might be included into the roof or the hood of automobiles, and can assist inside combustion, hybrid and battery electrical automobiles with further electrical energy, growing gas effectivity and vary.
The photo voltaic charging know-how is being developed to assist the automobile’s major energy supply, bettering mileage and decreasing CO2 emissions. The system could have the potential to cost the batteries of electrical and hybrid automobiles, in addition to these of inside combustion engine (ICE) automobiles, serving to to enhance gas effectivity.
Hyundai Motor Group is growing three kinds of photo voltaic roof charging methods: The primary-generation system is for hybrid automobiles, whereas the second-generation know-how brings a semi-transparent photo voltaic roof system to ICE automobiles. The third technology of the know-how will see the introduction of a light-weight photo voltaic roof for battery-electric automobiles.
The primary-generation system, which might be utilized to hybrid fashions, is created out of a construction of silicon photo voltaic panels which might be built-in into an ordinary automobile roof. This method is able to charging 30 to 60 % of the battery over the course of a traditional day, relying on climate situations and different environmental components.
The second-generation semi-transparent photo voltaic roof might be utilized to ICE automobiles, representing a world-first software for the know-how. The semi-transparent applied sciences might be built-in with a panoramic sunroof, letting gentle by way of into the cabin, while charging the automobile’s battery on the identical time. Making use of photo voltaic charging methods to ICE automobiles will assist them adjust to ever extra stringent international environmental legal guidelines regulating CO2 emissions.
The third-generation system is presently in testing. It’s designed to be utilized to the hood and roof of eco-friendly battery electrical automobile fashions with a view to maximize power output.
The photo voltaic charging system consists of a photo voltaic panel, a controller and a battery. Because the panel absorbs photons of sunshine from the solar, it creates electron-hole pairs in silicon cells, enabling present to circulate and producing electrical energy.
When a 100W photo voltaic panel is provided, it will probably produce as much as 100 Wh of power (in ideally suited situations: summer time midday, 1000 W/m2 depth of radiation). The controller options Most Energy Level Monitoring (MPPT), which controls voltage and present to extend the effectivity of electrical energy harvested by the photo voltaic panel. This energy is transformed and saved within the battery, or utilized to lower load on the automobile’s alternating present (AC) generator, thereby growing automobile vary.
Sooner or later, we anticipate to see many various kinds of electricity-generating applied sciences built-in into our automobiles. The photo voltaic roof is the primary of those applied sciences, and can imply that vehicles not passively devour power, however will start to supply it actively.
It’s an thrilling growth for us, designing a know-how for automobile house owners to assist them shift from being power customers to being power producers.—Jeong-Gil Park, Government Vice President of the Engineering and Design Division of Hyundai Motor Group
Hyundai Motor Group will launch the primary technology of this know-how into its automobiles after 2019 to assist meet international laws targets and enhance automobile gas effectivity.