Solbian takes part to the LIFE-SAVE project, contributing with its flexible solar panels in the making of a kit that converts vehicles with an internal combustion engine into solar hybrid powered ones.
Nowadays, with means of transport covering up to 63% of global oil consumption and 29% of CO2 emissions, the European Union has decided to take a different path in order to reduce emissions and gain a more efficient and less invasive mobility. Specifically, EU established a maximum of CO2 emissions of 95 g/km by 2020 and with additional restrictions expected by 2025 (68-78 g/km).
In this context operates LIFE, the financial instrument of the European Community that finance Environment and nature-friendly projects, like LIFE-SAVE.
LIFE-SAVE relies on the collaboration of different companies coming from the mobility and alternative energy sectors and has the goal of producing a marketable version of a system that converts vehicles with an internal combustion engine into solar hybrid powered ones, reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
Initially developed by a group of researchers of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Salerno, the project is based on the collaboration between important companies like Landi Renzo Spa, Mecaprom, eProInn and Solbian.
The system includes two electric motor-wheels on the rear axle, solar panels and an electronic interface to connect to the battery and vehicle control systems. The flexible solar panels produced by Solbian are mounted on the roof of the vehicle; their purpose is to recharge the battery.