SOLARSMARTMOBILITY

Development of supple transparent photovoltaic films adapted to transport applications

SOLARSMARTMOBILITY

Development of supple transparent photovoltaic films adapted to transport applications

PROJECT

Launched in 2017 by a consortium backed by the French environment and energy management agency ADEME (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie), the Solar Smart Mobility project has set itself the goal of creating a brand new branch of supple transparent PV films integrated into glazings aimed at the transportation market.

The consortium is made up of three French industrial companies — ARMOR, VISION SYSTEM & SUNPARTNER Technologies — and its objective is to develop solar energy production solutions that are integrated into vehicles for the automobile, rail, nautical and aviation sectors.
The project will be supported by a club of users, whose input will involve specifying, testing and validating any products that the project generates as part of an overall business development plan. Moving forward, these users will be the project’s first customers.

SOLAR SMART MOBILITY will be rolled out over three main phases.

STUDY

(15 months)
Vise à démontrer la faisabilité du projet et à faire les choix technologiques qui supporteront l’industrialisation, notamment les technologies de cellules photovoltaïques PV et la réalisation de la transparence.

INDUSTRIALISATION

(15 months)
Supported by the results of the study, will assure the establishment of production lines with each partner. With all required equipment thus put in place, partners will be ready to ensure the commencement of high volume production.

PRODUCT DEMONSTRATION

(6 months)
Will allow for real-time concept testing and validation of expected performance outcomes by the partners of the project and one or more members of the users club.
15 job posts will be created during the project, with a further 300 posts during the period to 2025.

Respond to issues that are specific to transportation vehicles

 

Respond to issues that are specific to transportation vehicles

 

OBJECTIVES

The Solar Smart Mobility project aims to develop and industrialize a total new production area in supple, transparent PV films integrated into glazing and adapted to transport applications.
The goal is to develop solar energy production solutions integrated into vehicles with no impact on aesthetics. This outcome will reduce fossil energy usage and related harmful emissions, as well as transforming glazed sections via solar energy into smart components. These developed solutions will lead to a wide range of applications for all types of transportation (automobile, rail, aviation, nautical, etc).
In order to deal with specific problems linked to transport vehicles (weight, integration and aesthetics), the project aims to develop a range of PV films that will be supple, thin and transparent. These will be manufactured at SUNPARTNER Technologies’ factory in Rousset and laminated into the glazings.

The applications of these transparent or semi-transparent PV films that will be integrated into glazings assure two broad functionalities

HARVESTING ENERGY

The PV films placed on a vehicle’s windowed parts will create a complementary energy source for various functions, eg: to compensate for power usage during parking (various functions in sleep mode or to prevent the battery running out); to power required pre-conditioning of the vehicle’s interior without draining the battery; to reduce CO2 emissions and improve autonomy for electric vehicles, etc.

POWERING THE SMART GLAZING

The PV films will provide the required energy necessary for powering the smart glazings without being a drain on the vehicle’s own power reserves (dynamic solar protection, data display, solar collectors).

At an international level with most countries putting in place regulations and programmes aiming to limit the environmental impact of transportation, expected outcomes are highly significant given that the technology developed by the consortium will allow for:
> a reduction of 3-6% of a car’s CO2 emissions
> an increase in the autonomy of an electric vehicle by 5-10%
> energy autonomy for smart glazing equipped with solar protection electronic films.

a reduction of 3-6% of a car’s CO2 emissions

 

an increase in the autonomy of an electric vehicle by 5-10%

 

energy autonomy for smart glazing equipped with solar protection electronic films.

 

Investment program for the future

(Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir)
 

Un Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir

 

FINANCING

For a period of three years, Solar Smart Mobility will require a total investment of €5.5 million, with support amounting to €2.8 million from ADEME’s Investments for the Future Program

Set up in 2010, France’s Investments for the Future Programme (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir — or PIA) supports projects involving innovation and the creation of delocalized jobs. Its goal is to strengthen the strategic competitive advantages of the French national economy. Implementing PIA is piloted by the Commissariat général à l’investissement (CGI). It is supported by several project participants including the ADEME, whose brief is innovation for ecological and energy transitioning.

Background — 2010: national commission identifies strategic priorities around investment and state funding: higher education and training, research, SMEs and industrial sectors, digital, sustainable development.

 

France’s environment and energy management agency ADEME is charged with implementing public policy in three areas — the environment, energy and sustainable development. It supports companies, local authorities, public bodies and the general public with expert advice and consultancy that will progress their environmental plans.e.

ADEME also provides project financing — from R&D stage through to implementation — in the following areas: waste management, soil preservation, energy efficiency, reducing raw material usage, air quality, anti-noise pollution, transitioning to a sustainable economy and food waste.

France’s environment and energy management agency ADEME is charged with implementing public policy in three areas — the environment, energy and sustainable development. It supports companies, local authorities, public bodies and the general public with expert advice and consultancy that will progress their environmental plans.e.

ADEME also provides project financing — from R&D stage through to implementation — in the following areas: waste management, soil preservation, energy efficiency, reducing raw material usage, air quality, anti-noise pollution, transitioning to a sustainable economy and food waste.

France’s environment and energy management agency ADEME is charged with implementing public policy in three areas — the environment, energy and sustainable development. It supports companies, local authorities, public bodies and the general public with expert advice and consultancy that will progress their environmental plans.e.

ADEME also provides project financing — from R&D stage through to implementation — in the following areas: waste management, soil preservation, energy efficiency, reducing raw material usage, air quality, anti-noise pollution, transitioning to a sustainable economy and food waste.

Photovoltaic and optic French consortium

 

Photovoltaic and optic French consortium

 

PARTNERS

A program of collaborative research

To successfully complete the development of the necessary breakthrough technologies, project coordinator SUNPARTNER Technologies has set up a consortium of French industrial groups.
It gathers actors with innovative and complementary know-how.

Leader in the development of innovative photovoltaic solutions, Sunpartner’s ambition is to bring intelligence and autonomy to all types of transportation thanks to solar energy. Its transparent photovoltaic products, Wysips® Design-Glass and Vision-Glass, manufactured in its factory in Rousset will be integrated into supple materials to get results with no aesthetics impact.

Armor specialises in environmentally responsible, sustainable printing solutions and has developed third generation organic PV films. For rolls, this has involved developing production procedures that avoid using rare or toxic minerals, and eliminating expensive purification processes involving high energy use and certain natural materials (eg silicium). Using carbon chain components, Armor designs innovative PV films and solutions that can transform any surface exposed to different types of light into an energy source.

Vision Systems is an expert in high-end solar protection systems and develops complete, bespoke solutions for the aviation, land transport and nautical markets. Thanks to its Smart Lite division which works on the design, production and commercialisation of smart opacifying solutions, Vision Systems has positioned itself as the world market leader in this area and its expertise will enable the delivery of market-appropriate solutions.

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