Scania to test truck trailer covered in solar panels
Scania truck. Image by Scania AB (www.scania.com)
Swedish commercial vehicles maker Scania AB will take part in a research partnership that will develop a solar panel-clad trailer intended to power a plug-in hybrid truck.
The project will see Scania team up with trucking company Ernst Express AB, thin-film solar tech developer Midsummer AB (STO:MIDS), electric utility Dalakraft AB, the Uppsala University and the Swedish government’s innovation agency Vinnova, which will support the research with public funds.
The researchers plan to clad an 18-metre trailer in solar panels along the sides and roof, expecting to get an output of 14,000 kWh per year in Swedish climate. Scania said that this could lead to fuel savings of 5%-10% in Sweden and twice as much in southern Spain.
The project will also examine whether the solar trailer could feed power to the grid when the truck’s batteries are fully charged and the vehicle is parked.
Ernst Express will use the truck on daily assignments as part of the research.
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