Parking the car is already a headache for many. Imagine adding to this the need to charge this vehicle for a considerable time, since it is powered by electric power. With this in mind, CSEM Brasil, in partnership with the multinational energy company AES, has developed a practical and extremely sustainable solution: the Carport project.
The idea is that the product can be easily integrated into cities, using low-cost solar energy and with the smallest possible carbon footprint in the future.
It is estimated that by 2025, electric cars account for 15% of the world market – three times larger than previous growth forecasts. The leap would be great: electric cars today are only 0.86% of the market. However, this trend goes on the wave of a need: there is no other possible future, other than sustainable.
“A parking lot that generates photovoltaic energy makes the most sense today. It is no use to have an electric car, whose energy comes from a thermoelectric plant – replacing the car oil with the oil from the thermoelectric plant – as well as other sources that generate harmful impacts. There is nothing more logical than investing in a system that generates energy, without any harm to the environment, and carries your car that does not pollute,” says Rodrigo Vilaça, project leader at CSEM Brazil.
Next Generation Solar Energy
Solar parking already exists today, but with the technology of the traditional panels. Now the innovation of organic solar panels (OPV – Organic Photovoltaics), developed by CSEM Brazil and brought to market by the Sunew spin-off, bring more practicality, lower cost and more design possibilities.
As traditional technologies have a very heavy material – about 20kg per m² – the structure of a traditional dashboard parking lot needs to be much more robust, increasing production costs, and installation and making it difficult to become popular. The OPV weighs only 400g / m², in addition to being flexible and transparent, giving way to a futuristic and attractive design. All this with a production that uses organic materials at low temperatures, which characterizes the OPV panels as the solar energy with less environmental impact. “A Carport will generate power with much easier installation. Our target is a futuristic, inexpensive and practical parking lot – which you could buy, for example, at Leroy Merlin, take it home and install it wherever you wish, “clarifies Vilaça.