Opportunities for Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics

In 2006 I completed an undergraduate thesis at the University of New South Wales as part of a bachelor of engineering at the University’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. I have included the summary and full report below. Plenty has changed since 2006, but the key points and findings in this report still ring true…

Vehicle integrated photovoltaics (VIPV) is a fuel delivery system like no other. It has the potential to re-shape the world’s transportation systems, from centralised and dependant, to distributed and autonomous. Despite this, the concept remains poorly understood and seldom researched.

This report reveals that VIPV is no longer a design curiosity. Its benefits are wide ranging and its implementation is both technically and economically feasible in many instances. Trends in vehicle design, photovoltaics, vehicle use, government policy and consumer behaviour all point to the potential for widespread implementation in the near future.

This report was written to bring all these potential benefits together, to assess the current state of research and propose a number of opportunities for further investigation. This has been conducted with the many engineering, economic, legal and social constraints of vehicle design firmly in mind. Additionally, the current state of transportation fuels and technology have also been reviewed, to identify the synergies and shortcomings of the concept of VIPV. It is within this broad context that well over 40 distinct benefits, opportunities for application, and key trends, have been identified.

Download the full report (3.3MB PDF): Opportunities for Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics

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