30 Nov '14, 3am

Aston Martin Trials Thin Film Solar Panels On Racer’s Roof

Aston Martin Trials Thin Film Solar Panels On Racer’s Roof

Aston Martin reported its first use last Friday of Hanergy Thin Film Solar panels on its World Endurance Championship (WEC) race car’s roof has met with initially positive results in powering sub-systems. The luxury automaker’s #97 V8 Vantage GTE trialed the photovoltaic system in free practice in advance of the FIA WEC Six Hours of Sao Paulo. “The idea behind the solar technology project is to help develop and demonstrate the potential of the Hanergy thin film photovoltaic panels for use on both race and road vehicles,” explains Dan Sayers, Technical Director at Aston Martin Racing. “The electricity generated by the cells can then be used to power auxiliary systems, for example the air conditioning system, that currently consume power from the engine.” For the last four rounds of the WEC, Hanergy’s Thin Film Power roof panels have been affixed to the car, but not operatio...

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