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Ford's Solar Powered C-Max

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PV array on the roof of a normal C-max with a solar concentrator (basically a lens) to increase solar energy input powering the batteries. The smart bit seems to be getting the lens to effectively track the sun as it traverses the sky.

Tear it to pieces HPC science/energy gurus..........

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Pretty neat - but a panel that size will likely do nothing more than topping off/extending by a mile or two unless you are in the habit of making short car journeys once a week or so.

I doubt anything like it will see production - but it's good to have the innovation.

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Still using silicon PVs because they are cheap but max efficiency is 18-19% you can buy off the shelf triple junction III-V cells with 42-43% efficiency, but they are expensive at the moment. When they come down in price...

Alternatively the same technology could be extended to even higher efficiencies, still if we assume that the car has say 2m^2 of cells you are never going get more than 1kw (in the sahara!) and the car will need at least 10 times this to move. Okay so it might help charge the batteries if it left outside...

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PV array on the roof of a normal C-max with a solar concentrator (basically a lens) to increase solar energy input powering the batteries. The smart bit seems to be getting the lens to effectively track the sun as it traverses the sky.

Tear it to pieces HPC science/energy gurus..........

Ha! So what happens when you've not got the car parked under the canopy and wander under the Fresnel lense while sweeping the drive? Hmm? A lense of that size and you'd be kebab-ed on a sunny day!

I'm not a 'leccy car nay-sayer (my new one is delivered in a couple of weeks) but any scheme that involves solar panels on the roof is barking.

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