AltaDevices’ fourth generation solar technology could be used to power electric vehicle (EV) auxiliary systems such as interior fans, seat heaters, lights. The technology is designed specifically to power autonomous vehicle (AV) systems and could be integrated into EV hood, glass sunroof or side panels.
As vehicles become more autonomous, the number of sensors built into the average vehicle is increasing. Camera, ultrasonic, and radar sensors are just some of the different types of sensors currently being used. These sensors demand more energy from vehicle batteries, which translates into reduced range, a challenge for EVs and a driver of sales.
AltaDevices’ solar material attaches to the car’s surface to provide additional power to the battery, both while the vehicle is parked, and in motion. The solar layer follows the curves of the vehicle to preserve aerodynamics and design-elegance. It can be integrated into the EV hood, glass sunroof, or even the side panels of the car.
Lightweight, thin and flexible gallium-arsenide solar cells from Alta Devices enable designs that are not possible with other solar technologies. The company’s latest generation product demonstrates a significant weight reduction from the previous version resulting in an improved power-to-weight ratio. For more details, visit Alta Devices.