As vehicles become more autonomous, the number of sensors built into the average vehicle is increasing significantly. These sensors demand more energy from vehicle batteries, which translates to reduced range. This presents a challenge for electric vehicles (EVs) where vehicle range is a key differentiator and driver of sales.
Alta Devices in this light, has launched its Gen4 technology that uniquely meets these conditions and is designed specifically to power autonomous systems. It can be attached to the car’s surface and provide additional power to the battery both while the vehicle is parked, and during motion.
The technology is based on thin gallium arsenide which reaches record conversion efficiencies in a very thin and flexible form factor. Lightweight, thin and flexible gallium-arsenide solar cells from Alta Devices provide a new level of mechanical and design flexibility for the automotive industry due to their high power-density combined with the ability to bend around curved surfaces.
This solar layer would follow the curves of the vehicle to preserve aerodynamics and design-elegance. It could be integrated into the EV hood, glass sunroof or even the side panels of the car. It would have the potential to augment EV batteries, integrate into the car’s design, and allow seamless charging without having to stop to plug-in. This technology could be used to power auxiliary systems such as interior fans, seat heaters, lights or other items.
Source: Press Release