First solar-powered food truck debuts in Beijing
Recreational vehicles and sightseeing coaches are nothing special, but if they have thin solar power generation film pasted onto them to generate electricity, they become magical.
On April 13, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group held a ceremony to celebrate mobile energy solutions and strategic cooperation in Beijing and to exhibit a variety of innovative environmentally-friendly vehicles.
The world's first solar-powered food truck, covered in photovoltaic thin film that looks like pieces of black paper, debuted at Monday's ceremony. It can generate six kilowatt hours on a clear day, enough to power its freezer, soybean milk machine, hot plates and steamers with absolutely zero emissions. The food truck uses a direct current power supply system together with the solar modules to achieve minimal energy consumption.
A solar-powered sightseeing coach was also shown to the public at the event. With everyday light, it can produce two kilowatt hours of electricity, giving the vehicle enough energy to run for 20 kilometers purely on solar power.
The solar-powered recreational vehicle Hanergy presented also brings convenience to tourists. The 2.65 kilowatt hours of electricity created by the photovoltaic thin film attached to it can provide power to LCD TVs, refrigerators, stereos and other equipment in the vehicle.
Hanergy's cross-border cooperation with foreign companies on "Mobile Energy +" solutions began some time ago. The company created a solar chip that was installed in Aston Martin racing vehicles, and in April 2014 it made a photovoltaic thin film tailored for Tesla motors. At present, Hanergy is working with six top domestic and international institutions to design fully solar-powered vehicles, some of which will be introduced by the end of this year. Moreover, Hanergy has also put its mobile energy technology to use in commercial drones, wearable devices and a variety of other electronic products. It's expected that "Mobile Energy +" will grow to be valued at over 8 trillion yuan (US$1.3 trillion) over the next three years.
"Mobile energy will lead to a revolution in human energy use. Thin films can provide power anytime, anywhere and will help us make sustainable development come true. What's more, smog will disappear and the environment will be better," said Li Hejun, chairman of Hanergy Holding Group and Hanergy Thin Film Power Group.