Geographical Distribution of Solar Urban Potential for Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics

Miguel C. Brito, Teresa Santos, Rodrigo Amaro e Silva, David Pera, Filipe Moura, Jorge Rocha

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Abstract

Solar-powered electric vehicles can accelerate the transition to electric mobility, reducing charging needs and operating costs. In the urban environment, however, their potential is somewhat reduced by shadowing from neighbouring buildings. Here we estimate the irradiation losses and solar extended driving range for anywhere on the globe using an empirical model based on numerical simulation of solar radiation losses in simplified urban layouts. Modelling shows solar extended driving ranges above 20-30 km/day/kWp for a wide range of geographies, exceeding 40 km/day/kWp for most of the USA, China, Australia, parts of Africa and South America. The potential of parked vehicles is similar to that of driving vehicles for mid and high latitudes. These results highlight that a significant fraction of daily urban commuting can be powered by vehicle integrated photovoltaics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
PublisherEU PVSEC
Pages1569-1573
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)3-936338-78-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 6 Sep 202110 Sep 2021

Conference

Conference38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period6/09/2110/09/21

Keywords

  • Solar Radiation
  • Modelling / Modeling
  • VIPV

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