Innovative Photovoltaic Technologies in Future Mobility Solutions

3000.00 EUR
Review deadline: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The seeker is engaged in Sustainable Mobility and wants to identify new products and services with significant potential.

They are looking for PV (Photovoltaic) applications that bring:
• Additional features for mobility
• Customer experience improvements
• Bring much more value to the user

The seeker is not looking for classic electric energy supply for the vehicles

What is the problem?

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
•Photovoltaic systems used for new integrated functions that bring value to vehicles and transportation (e.g. new services / new physical functions: sensing, user’s comfort improvement, maintenance etc. / energy efficiency for commercial vehicles / ...).
•Low-cost photovoltaic solutions that allow adding applications or functions and increase user satisfaction and/or reduce energy consumption. PV can supply power to either grid-integrated devices or “Small island” systems operating independently from the main battery and the main energy provider.
•New PV-fueled features for mobility can be inside/outside of the vehicles or movable. All photovoltaic technologies and geometry can be considered.
•These new PV solutions could be associated/combined with the future smart cities for mobility only.

Vehicles in the challenge scope:
Cars (Autonomous vehicles, self-driving cars, …)
•Motorcycles, Bikes
Buses, trucks
Trains, tramway
Planes, flying cars, drones
Boat, boat taxi

What are the constraints for an acceptable solution?

•Propose innovative ideas for new features for improving the customer/user experience, and not in the field of electric propulsion

•Preferably (but not a blocking point): no toxic component, recyclable, eco-design,
•Easy to maintain/repair and durable

•No constraint considering that:
oCosts for solar keep decreasing
oPV could be more cost effective than integrating a battery and cables.

•Open, no limit as long as it offers a new service / application / function. Ensure safe operation/comply with safety standards.

Selection Criteria:

•Innovation Level
oAll level of maturity will be considered but ranked by Novelty/Disruptively (IP)

•Technological Leap
oComplexity/Ability to be integrated into the vehicle/ user environment
oShort term vs long term technology development

•Market Entry
oMarket size estimation
oMarketing needs
oUser acceptance

Existing Solutions (solutions already identified, not in the scope of this challenge):

Usage of PV to supply energy to the vehicles, for example:
•Panels to recharge the battery
•Integrated solar cells to a bike / car / truck / train / plane to charge its on-board batteries
•Attach solar cells to electric vehicle charging stations or vehicle parking lots
•Integrate solar cells into transport infrastructure: roads, noise barriers, etc.
•Use of photovoltaics to produce hydrogen for transport / mobility

Proposed format for drafting the ideas:

The solver should draft his/her idea following the Frame described below (one page minimum, font 14 max):
•Benefits for Mobility Users (most important part)
oTechnical description and feasibility
oEstimated technical maturity and market

•Business/Market potential (big picture/estimated)

3 000 € for each selected idea

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