A Greener Fleet

Sustainable Power Management for Commercial Fleets

Performance Matters

Pioneering Technology Operational Even in Shaded Conditions

When Uptime is Critical

Solar Energy and Battery Working in Partnership

Ultra-Thin Design, Optimum Power

Customised, Flexible & Lightweight Solar Panels

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MiPV Vehicle Applied Solar Panels for Commercial Vehicles

Solar panels are a long-proven method of harnessing power from the sun, but a more recent development of this concept is using solar energy to power vehicle ancillary equipment.

Modern commercial and passenger carrying vehicles are running more and more auxiliary services with light bars, telemetry, cameras, communications systems and tail lifts, but vehicle and auxiliary batteries are not matched to these power demands. Vehicle engines are having to idle to provide supplementary power and many operators are experiencing problems with flat batteries and shortened battery lifespans.

Our solution provides sustainable power management which will prolong battery life while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The very latest in CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide) technology brings a number of benefits over traditional glass-based crystalline silicon panels. As well as being lightweight and flexible, our panels are extremely powerful and highly efficient, even generating energy in shadowed and shaded environments.

Trucks & Trailers

Provide ancillary power for telemetry and cameras, refrigeration units, air curtains, tail lifts, lifting decks, climate control, and many more with our bespoke solar solutions. Decrease your dependence on fossil fuels and prolong battery life.

Buses & Coaches

Protect batteries by providing ancillary power for a range of equipment including telemetry and cameras, ticketing and payment systems, climate control, lighting and audio, plus much more.

Fleet Vans & Cars

Reduce your total cost of fleet ownership, reduce breakdowns and keep your fleet operationally ready. Solar energy can maintain vehicle and ancillary battery systems, reducing the need for engine idling.

Blue Light Services

MIPV solar solutions are proven to eliminate the need for an external plug-in power source (shoreline connection) to the vehicle when not in use. MiPV solar helps keep emergency fleets operationally ready.

Green

A Greener Fleet Solution

MiPV solar technology is used in the commercial vehicle industry to provide a sustainable power management solution.

Modern commercial and passenger carrying vehicles are running more and more auxiliary services with light bars, telemetry, cameras, communications systems and tail lifts, but vehicle and auxiliary batteries are not matched to these power demands. Vehicle engines are idling 30% of the time or more to provide supplementary power and between 15 and 25% of total fuel consumption is used to run auxiliary power needs.

Our solution provides sustainable power management which will prolong battery life while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Additionally, CIGS uses 30% less energy to produce that conventional glass panels.

Efficient

Efficient Vehicle Applied Solar Panels

MiPV’s solar products are constructed using CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenide) thin film solar PV cell technology which delivers many benefits over traditional glass-based crystalline silicon panels. As well as being lightweight and flexible, MiPV panels are extremely powerful and highly efficient.

As well as operating at a higher voltage than conventional solar solutions, our unique system also works in the harshest conditions, including low light, cloudy days and even in shading from buildings in town centres. This CIGS thin film cell technology ensures that you can harvest significantly more energy over the course of a day when compared to silicon systems of a comparable cost.

As a result of better low light performance CIGS thin film cells outperform silicon technology early and late in the day when the sun is lower in the sky. This means more energy is generated than silicon at comparable costs.

MiPV panels produce more energy at dawn and dusk because of better low-light performance. Then around noon when temperatures are highest MiPV panels are less susceptible to performance drop off than silicon cells (this is known as the temperature coefficient), again providing a significant difference in panel performance.

Simply put, silicon cell performance is much more adversely affected by increases in surface temperature when compared to MiPV CIGS cell technology.

An EFTE non-stick coating, similar to Teflon, keeps panels clean, weatherproof and truck-wash friendly.

Strong

Robust & Flexible Vehicle Applied Solar Panels

All MiPV vehicle applied solar panels are constructed using CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide) cells based on a stainless steel foil. This construction method coupled with our unique encapsulation process ensures the panel is both flexible and robust.

Because of the flexible nature of MiPV solar panels, they are shatterproof, resistant to vibrations and cannot crack or fracture. Our panels are extremely resistant to impact damage such as large hailstones or stones thrown from tyres.

In fact, tests by Mia Sole proved that after being shot with a rifle at a 45m distance, the panel lost less than 12% of power after 11 months of outdoor exposure. The maximum power output dropped from 47.4W to 41.8W.

Unique

UK Manufactured Vehicle Applied Solar Panels

MiPV solar products are produced from a nine acre manufacturing facility in the UK using CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenide) thin film solar PV cell technology. We are the only vehicle applied solar panel manufacturer that can offer custom panel sizes to provide completely tailored solutions to your individual requirements. We calculate the best solution for your operation to provide the optimum power output for your needs, as well as balancing high operational efficiency in winter without over-performance in summer months.

Our unique encapsulation process is our own design, which has been developed through years of innovation and investment in research and development, meaning all components work in harmony to provide the highest quality complete system.

The MiPV solar panel is built on a stainless steel foil. This foil is encapsulated in high grade, specialist polymers which ensure the assembled solar panel can follow curves and contours on your vehicle's roof. The slim design adheres directly to the roof of your vehicle without the need for racking or mounting frames, and there is no damage to the asset since no punctures are required in the installation process. This means our panels are ideal for retrofit too.

Unlike glass-based solar solutions, CIGS technology does not generate heat as a by-product, meaning our panels are safer for vehicles as there is no fire risk, there is no impact on refrigerated vehicles or trailers due to heat transfer and there is no damage to GRP roof panels or paint surfaces.

Our design allows for a fully enclosed junction box providing a sleek design.

Light

Lightweight Vehicle Applied Solar Panels

MiPV vehicle applied solar panels are the ideal choice for commercial vehicles where weight and payload is critical.

Custom size modules (from 0.5m to 5m long) which are bonded directly to the vehicles’ roof are less than 3kg in weight per square metre and only 1.77mm thick (<3mm bonded) meaning no loss of mpg due to drag or loss of payload.

Our panels weigh significantly less than any comparable glass-based silicon panel and the ultra-thin design means there is no wind resistance or drag.

The low profile system also means minimal impact on vehicle aesthetics because panels are usually hidden from view.

Reduce Carbon Emissions

Between 15% and 25% of total fuel consumption is used to run auxiliary power needs and in most cases, the engine has to idle to provide this supplementary power. CO2 and NOx emissions are highest when idling. Adopting MiPV solar panels allows vehicle engines to run less overall and eliminates or significantly reduces vehicle idling time, therefore reducing reliance on fossil fuels and consequently reduces fuel costs.

IMPROVE BATTERY HEALTH

Redirecting power demand to solar energy means pressure is taken off batteries, which means prolonged battery life and reduced battery replacement cycles. Keeping batteries charged means reduced or eliminated jump-start related breakdowns and vehicle downtime, as well as plus better fleet reliability. With MiPV's technology, solar energy and battery work in partnership.

REDUCE TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP

MiPV solar systems deliver a number of environmental and cost benefits, which equate to a reduced total cost of ownership. As well as factoring in reductions in fuel costs and reduced maintenance costs due to better battery management, having MiPV solar panels on vehicles is an attractive added value to the asset in the second hand market.

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