Valoe and Europe's largest plastic mold maker, Portuguese company Simoldes Plásticos S.A. have agreed on the second phase of their Joint Development Agreement, signed in 2021, in which Valoe will develop and manufacture a solar roof prototype suitable for the industrial production of a specific car model for Stellantis.
In the second phase of the project, a full-scale car roof will be manufactured and integrated in a demo car, fully functional and able to generate power to charge the EV battery. Subject to successful completion of the second phase the parties intend to pursue the manufacturing and supply of vehicle-integrated photovoltaic car roofs and related technology transfer.
On February 24, 2023, Sono Motors GmbH announced that it will not continue its self-charging Sion project. The termination of the Sion causes reorganization and cost-saving measures at Valoe. Valoe commences change negotiations that concern its entire personnel in Finland.
Valoe is now waiting for information about Sono Motors' further plans.
After the termination of Sion, Sono Motors sees itself as a supplier of solar electricity applications, e.g. for buses, refrigerated transport trucks and delivery vans, and later also for passenger cars from other manufacturers. The technology and manufacturing of special vehicle panels will be needed also in the future.
We believe that the cooperation will continue. A large part of the video material on the Sono Motors website was shot at Valoe's IBC cell factory in Vilnius and at the panel factories in Juva. Above is the link to the video on Sono's website.
Valoe Oyj is a vertically integrated solar electricity company with PV cell and module manufacturing.
We are able to customize the properties of solar cells and panels as well as the manufacturing technology according to the object and the customer's requirements.
At our Lithuanian plant, we manufacture double-sided solar cells using IBC (Interdigitated Back Contact) technology. In IBCs, the electrical wires are on the back and the entire front produces electricity.
At our Juva plant, we manufacture Valoe OddForm® modules that can be integrated into various surfaces, like vehicles, as well as
standard mounted solar modules and efficient bifacial modules.
A customized solar panel requires purpose-built manufacturing equipment. We manufacture Valoe OddForm® modules at our factory or design and manufacture new production lines at the customer's premises.
We design and install different types of manufacturing lines for different module types. The cells and modules may be modified to meet customers' needs.
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