A Smart Solar Roof That Produces Energy To Cool Vehicles

The solar energy generated allows the automatic operation of the ventilation system in the vehicles, reducing their interior temperature and the need to use air conditioning.

Getting into the car after hours of the vehicle being parked in full sun on a hot day is practically unbearable, right? Thinking of minimizing this problem, the Webasto company, which produces solar, panoramic and convertible roofs, has developed systems with solar cells integrated into the roof glass, which converts the energy it receives from solar radiation into electrical energy.

The energy generated allows the automatic activation of the electric ventilation system as the vehicle stops, thus reducing extreme heat and cooling the interior of the car up to 20 ° C. If the indoor 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 used to cool the vehicle when we get on will be significantly reduced, considerably reducing fuel consumption and consequently the emission of CO2,” said the company in the note. press.

This reduction in CO2 emissions into the atmosphere is one of the main challenges for the automotive industry and one of the most important in the world. Capturing solar energy through solar cells built into the roof is one solution.

The company also develops projects to increase the effectiveness of solar cells and generate enough energy to charge the vehicle’s battery. This also relieves the alternator – responsible for producing the energy needed for the car’s electrical equipment such as the starter.

Thus, in vehicles equipped with solar cells on the roof with battery charging capacity, the internal combustion engine will consume less fuel.

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