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Solar assisted refrigeration semi trailer at the IAA Commercial Vehicles

Solarion provides flexible solar modules for refrigerated vehicles

(PresseBox) (Leipzig, ) On the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicles show, starting today in Hannover, Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone GmbH is presenting a refrigerated semi trailer equipped with a photovoltaic system. For this study the entire roof of the trailer was covered with flexible solar modules made by Solarion AG. The generated electrical energy can be used to support operation of the refrigerating unit Carrier Vector 1550. This saves fuel costs, decreases carbon dioxide emissions and reduces the noise level of the refrigerating system.

"The application of flexible solar modules in commercial vehicles shows that our standard products for building integrated photovoltaics are suited for other applications as well," said Dr. Karsten Otte, CEO of Solarion AG. "We are confident that such innovations in the field of emission and noise reduced logistics and the electrical mobility will have a bright future." The 30 CIGS solar modules (thin-film solar modules using Copper-Indium-Gallium- Diselenide) have an efficiency of ten percent and can deliver a peak power of three kilowatts. With their use about 1,000 liters of diesel fuel can be saved annually, equivalent to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 2.5 metric tons.

"We always strive for a better refrigerating efficiency," said Dr. Frank Albers Director Marketing of Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone GmbH "We achieve this with better insulation but also through the use of renewable energy in the refrigerating units." The concept for this study was developed in close cooperation between Krone, Carrier and Solarion. The goal within the next two years is to develop a system that pays for the customer. "Flexible Modules of Solarion modules have three key characteristics: they are lightweight, can be easily installed and are very flat, the vehicle height increases only slightly," says Albers.

Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone GmbH

With annual sales of about 870 million euros the Krone group based in Werlte is a market leader in Germany and Europe, both in agricultural machinery and commercial trailers. Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone GmbH is the second largest European manufacturer of commercial truck trailers and semi trailers.

Carrier Corporation

Carrier Corporation headquartered in Farmington, CT, is a leader in providing heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) systems, controls, services and sustainable building solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, food service and transportation applications. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Carrier is a $ 12.5 billion company with over 43,000 employees serving customers in 170 countries on six continents.

Solarion AG / Photovoltaik

Solarion AG is developing, producing and offering high-efficient and low-cost thin-film solar modules using Copper-Indium-Gallium-Diselenide (CIGS).

Solarion's technology is based on a proprietary ion-beam assisted deposition of the CIGS absorber in a roll-to-roll process. The advantages of this technology are its low deposition temperature, improved solar cell efficiency, higher process speed as well as lower energy and material costs. The utilization of a flexible carrier enables new fields of photovoltaic applications.

Solarion was founded in 2000 in Leipzig, Germany, and has established the first European pilot-line for the manufacturing of flexible and highly efficient CIGS thin-film cells on a flexible carrier material in 2002. Entering massmanufacturing of CIGS based modules is planned for the year 2011.