The European Commission's IBC4EU project partners met on 24-25 May 2023 in Mikkeli. The IBC4EU project is led by Dr. Radovan Kopecek from the ISC Konstanz Research Center. We asked Radovan Kopecek about his vision for the position of solar electricity now and in the future.
Dr. Radovan Kopecek is one of Europe's most experienced experts in the development of solar energy. He has a long scientific career behind him, but also a broad vision of the global practical development of solar energy and a well-founded vision of the future of solar electricity. His prediction about the growth of solar energy is incredibly bold.
Valoe has received a new order from Simoldes Plásticos S.A.. The previous order was received just a few weeks ago. The purpose of the new project is to manufacture a prototype of a polymer-based solar electric window for a certain Stellantis passenger car model. The solar electric window produces electricity to extend the car's range and to support electronic devices such as air conditioning and the infotainment system.
"A certain car model" means that the prototype must meet the approval requirements of a car model that is already well advanced in design. The dimensions of the prototype are exactly the correct dimensions of the "certain car model". Of course, the automotive industry does not want the special features of its new models to be made public prematurely. According to Stellantis' estimate, the model in question will be sold approx. 176,000 units/year,
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.
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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