Solar powered catering vehicles heading your way

A Chinese catering equipment company has teamed up with a solar panel producer and an electronic vehicle manufacturer to develop eco-friendly catering vehicles.

Shandong-based Tai’an Chang’an Dining Equipment is partnering with fellow Chinese firms, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group and Suzhou Yigao Electronic Vehicle Manufacturing on the project.

The companies stated that Hanergy’s thin-film panels on the roofs of the catering vehicles will generate 6kWh of electricity a day in normal sunlight. This can meet the entire electricity needs of various electrical appliances in the dining car, such as the refrigerator, soymilk machine, frying pan, and steamer, and sustain daily operations with zero emissions. In addition, using solar power modules allows most of the appliances in the dining car to use direct current, reducing energy consumption.

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According to Yang Jinsong, the executive president of Hanergy Product Development Group, the company was pushing the boundaries of what can be powered by the sun.

Li Hejun, chairman of Beijing-based Hanergy, told a recent press conference: “Thin-film power generation is the ultimate way that people will use energy.”

Hanergy has claimed to have achieved a conversion efficiency – the ratio of energy produced by the cell compared with the energy received from the sun – of 30.8% from its thin-film solar technology.

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