Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics (VIPV) is the mechanical, electrical and design integration of photovoltaic modules in vehicles. The PV modules fit seamlessly into the vehicle shell and are connected to electrical consumers or the drive battery in electric vehicles. What potential lies dormant in VIPV? Where is VIPV already being used? And what are currently still the biggest hurdles? Dr. Martin Heinrich, Head of Group Encapsulation and Integration at Fraunhofer ISE and Chairman of the PV in Motion Conference, tells us.
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For forty years, Fraunhofer ISE has made an important contribution to increasing the efficiency of solar cells, the reliability of PV modules and power plants, and the further development of sustainable and cost-effective production processes for cells and modules. It is a research partner of the European solar industry along the entire PV value chain.
Since 2017, Martin Heinrich is head of the team: Module Efficiency and New Concepts and since 2021 head of the group: Encapsulation and Integration in the department of: Module Technology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and coordinator for the topic: PV for Mobility.