Let the Sun Shine In
The Frankfurt Motor Show was the site of many new and exciting innovations related to energy and fuel savings. A German company introduced a plastics- based solar panel module than can be used on the dashboard and rear window shelves, and perhaps the roof or trunk top. One downside of the glass based solar panels for vehicles currently, has been the weight. The company,Proof Design and Innovation Management, claims a 50% weight reduction vs. standard solar panels.New composite plastics are being researched, developed and will be a part of the quest to lighten vehicle weight, whether we like it or not. These plastic-based solar panels,(with a silicon based gel layer), can be integrated into various materials, too, such as metal or carbon fiber. They actually look pretty cool, too.