Toshiba solar panels are much more efficient than conventional ones. They will be put into production in 2030.
The Japanese company Toshiba has announced the development of a new generation of solar cells. They are designed primarily for electric vehicles and are much more efficient. This is reported by the official Toshiba website.
Innovative solar panels received an additional layer based on copper oxide (Cu2O), which increased the energy conversion efficiency up to 8.4%. By placing such a layer over a standard silicon cell, the efficiency rises to a record 27.4%.
Tests have shown that by installing such solar panels on the roof and hood of an electric car, then its power reserve can be increased by 35 km per day. If an electric car is used in a city, then this is quite enough not to charge the battery, because according to statistics, motorists drive 15-20 km daily on average.
Toshiba has been developing batteries using copper oxide for years. The first prototype was presented back in 2019, and then the efficiency was significantly lower – 23.8%.
By 2030, the company plans to launch advanced solar panels into mass production. By that time, their efficiency is planned to be increased to 30%, which will increase the electric car’s range to 39-40 km per day.