BEIJING – On April 13, 2015, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (00566. HK) held a mobile energy solution & strategy cooperation news conference, officially rolling out its mobile energy system solution and announcing its strategy cooperation with select vehicle manufacturers. Hanergy will carry out green upgrades of the traditional car manufacturing industry with its world-leading thin-film energy application technology and it will offer car manufacturers a complete vehicle clean electricity system solution combining electrical design, system integration, energy storage, intelligent control and accurate power transmission.
Hanergy’s mobile energy solution is a model of innovative cooperation dubbed “mobile energy + traditional industries.” The deep integration between mobile energy and traditional industries is being accelerated and the cooperation mode “mobile energy+” has stimulated huge market demand as well as a wholly new business model and innovative momentum. Mobile energy will revolutionize the way humans utilize energy, as thin-film solar technology allows energy to be generated anytime and anywhere.
Chairman of Hanergy Holding Group and Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Li Hejun said that the market potential of mobile energy is huge
Hanergy Holding Group and Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Chairman Li Hejun delivered a keynote speech at the news conference. He noted that “mobile energy+” would profoundly change the current industry structure and encourage industrial process renovation, so that every industry would have chances of acquiring competitive advantages to realize green upgrade. “Mobile energy+” will enable various basic elements of economic development to be gathered and allocated globally and facilitate the development of investment, finance, R&D, manufacturing, information technology, logistics, services and human resources. It will inject a powerful driving force for growth into the global economy and bring benefits to all countries.
At the news conference, Hanergy presented mobile energy solutions customized for mobile dining cars, RV’s and sightseeing cars. With thin-film solar’s advantages of flexibility, light weight, high energy conversion efficiency, and superior low-light performance, this solution integrates thin-film solar modules into a car roof and/or body and thus makes the car itself an independent green power generator. It will use the sun to charge cars’ storage batteries and combine information with energy to realize information’s dominant role in precise power transmission, fulfilling cars’ various electricity demands. Meanwhile, it will greatly enhance driving comfort and improve a vehicle’s environmental-friendly index by reducing emissions.
solar-powered dining car
At the news conference, Hanergy announced its strategic cooperation with Tai’an Chang’an Dining Equipment Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Chang’an), a professional mobile kitchen manufacturer based in Shandong Province. With Hanergy’s mobile energy application technology, the two sides are producing the world’s first electric dining car fully powered by solar energy. The mobile dining car is integrated with thin-film solar power modules with a daily power output of 6 kWh 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 to the utmost. It is an innovative application in China’s dining facility and vehicle industries.
Chang’an President Wang Jingdong said there would be huge market potential for solar-powered dining cars and Chang’an expects to carry out long-term cooperation with Hanergy with an estimated annual purchase amount of 25MW of thin-film panels. Hanergy will provide Chang’an with supporting installation and maintenance services, and develop other solar application projects related to dining cars with Chang’an. Chang’an’s dining cars have been sold to China’s major cities and exported to over 30 countries, including the US, Australia, France, Italy and South Africa.
Solar-powered sightseeing cars and solar-powered RV’s
Hanergy also cooperated with Suzhou Eagle, China’s well-known electric sightseeing car manufacturer, to develop fully solar-powered sightseeing cars. Hanergy’s flexible thin-film solar power modules, installed on the car’s roof, can supply about 2 kWh of green power for a car’s storage battery, fulfilling power needs of 20 kilometers per day with no need for extra charging. At the news conference, there was also an exhibition of solar-powered RV’s. In normal sunlight, Hanergy’s flexible thin-film solar panels can provide the vehicle’s storage battery with 2.65kWh of electricity, which can keep the battery fully charged and fulfill power needs from devices such as LCD TVs, refrigerators and car audio. With the thin-film panels providing a steady current of electricity to charge the battery, the need for frequently igniting the engine to use the battery is reduced and as a consequence, noise and energy consumption are decreased while living comfort and environmental-friendliness are greatly improved. With the instrument sets, one can also monitor the power generation situation, battery status and electricity at any time.
The cross-field cooperation of Hanergy’s “mobile energy+” solution is long-established in the vehicle and vehicle-related industries. In 2014, the world-famous luxury racing car brand Aston Martin signed a partnership agreement with Hanergy to integrate its highly efficient flexible solar power chips into Aston Martin racing cars to improve the cars’ performance and help them excel in the World Endurance Championship. Last April, Hanergy made a customized thin-film solar power charging system for Tesla Motors; later Hanergy provided clean energy for FIA Formula E Championship as the competition’s solar energy partner and rolled out its fast-deployment thin-film solar power charging system to the market. In addition, Hanergy is also cooperating with six top car design corporations from home and abroad to develop fully solar-powered cars, with model cars expected to be released at the end of this year.
As China’s car ownership rate surges, the fuel used by vehicles has become one of the main points of energy consumption. Automobile oil consumption accounts for over 30% of the country’s total oil consumption and vehicle emissions have become a major source for large and middle-sized cities’ air pollution. The application of the “mobile energy+” solution in the car industry will not only provide green energy for travelling but will also effectively help reduce emissions and bring considerable environmental benefits.
Hanergy’s mobile energy products display
Apart from the car industry, the “mobile energy+” strategy will also tap industries with huge market potential such as commercial unmanned aircrafts, wearable devices and electronic products. According to statistics, the industry scale of “mobile energy” in the next three years may surpass 8 trillion yuan. Led by mobile energy applications, industries like new energy, new materials, high-end equipment manufacture, new energy cars, energy conservation and environmental protection will gain vitality, and will restructure China’s competitive foundation and industry patterns while bringing profound reform to manufacturing and living modes. It will also help realize ecologic sustainable development and enable China’s beauty to reveal its original appearance by eliminating pollution to reveal clean rivers and blue skies.
Li Hejun is Director of the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce, and CEO of multinational clean energy company Hanergy Holding Group.
About Hanergy Thin Film
Hanergy Thin Film is the world’s leading thin-film solar technology enterprise. It is mainly engaged in the research and development and design of large-scale thin-film solar turnkey production lines, as well as the development and operation of downstream solar power projects and application products. On November 27, 2013, Hanergy Thin Film was included in Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) China Index. The Company is the No.1 solar thin film turnkey line provider in the world by scale and by profitability, having delivered about 2,000MW production lines. In 2013, the Company recorded a net profit of HKD2.06 billion, enjoying a remarkable growth of 57.2% year-on-year. Hanergy Solar places technology advancement as its top priority and is equipped with strong R&D capabilities, with a focus in advanced thin-film technology applied in flexible substrates. Hanergy Thin Film’s CIGS solar cells have reached a conversion efficiency of 20.5% under the guidance of a world-class thin-film solar energy expert team. In February 2014, Hanergy Thin Film acquired 100% interest of Hanergy UK and currently sells “Hanergy” branded thin-film solar photovoltaic equipment through IKEA UK directly. In May 2014, Hanergy Thin Film formed a strategic partnership with Tesla, a US electric vehicle maker, for the construction of PV Supercharger stations in China.