The solar energy generated allows the automatic operation of the ventilation system in vehicles, reducing their interior temperature and the need to use air conditioning.
Getting in the car after hours when the vehicle is parked in the sun on a hot day is practically unbearable, right? Thinking of minimizing this problem, the company Webasto, which produces panoramic and convertible solar roofs, has developed systems with solar cells integrated into the roof pane, which convert the energy it receives from solar radiation into electrical energy.
The energy generated allows the automatic activation of the electric ventilation system when the vehicle is stopped, thus reducing extreme heat and cooling the interior of the car up to 20 ° C. If the interior temperature is 50 ° C, for example, you can reach 30 ° C with this system.
“If the vehicle maintains a good interior temperature, the air conditioning that is used to cool the vehicle when we get on will be significantly reduced, significantly reducing fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions,” the company said in the press brief.
This reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere is one of the main challenges of the automotive industry and one of the most important in the world. Capturing solar energy through solar cells integrated into the roof is one solution.
The company is also developing projects to increase the efficiency of solar cells and generate enough energy to recharge the vehicle’s battery. It also relieves the strain on the alternator – responsible for producing energy for the car’s electrical equipment such as the starter.
So, in vehicles equipped with solar cells on the roof with battery charging capacity, the internal combustion engine will consume less fuel.