Beijing- April 22, 2014, Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first batch of electric sedans to customers in China. At its delivery ceremony in Beijing, two photovoltaic system charging stations, on the side of the Tesla electric cars, caught audience's attention. These customized photovoltaic systems are designed and manufactured by Hanergy, specifically to meet Tesla's needs. Tesla chooses the thin-film PV systems for its first Chinese electric vehicle charging station system. Hanergy will deliver two different solar-powered charging station systems. The installation of the first phase has just completed. At the same time, Hanergy will provide fixed PV system solutions to build Tesla's first super-charging station in China, located in Motor City in JiaDing District of Shanghai.
Yesterday, in his first CCTV "Dialogue" TV interview, Tesla's founder Elon Musk indicated that China is a very important future market for Tesla. Tesla will invest heavily in China, including the construction of charging infrastructure. It is also planning to build seven super-charging networks, providing 24-hour uninterrupted solar charging. The first few charging facilities will be built in Beijing and Shanghai.
Tesla's PV charging station system provided by Hanergy functions as a traditional carport. In addition, it converts sunlight into clean electricity in a limited space and charges electric vehicles through energy storage system. Hanergy Solar's most advanced CIGS(Copper indium gallium selenide) technology will be used. Most recently, its maximum efficiency reached 20.5%. The technology has advantages in light weight, high flexibility and efficiency in low insolation conditions and improved packaging methods. More importantly, no high cost racking system is required. Its movability and modern appearance integrate perfectly with urban architectures. Using the most advanced thin film PV technology, the system provides convenient charging services to electric car drivers and maximizes the the use of clean energy.
"It is a pleasure to be the first PV charging system provider to Tesla" says Ms. Qingliang Zhang, the Vice President of the Hanergy Solar Solutions, "China's auto industry has been growing rapidly. To solve the challenges faced by auto industry, Hanergy Solar Solutions, the global leading thin -film PV module manufacturer, has been exploring the use of its advanced thin- film PV technology and providing various solutions through its technology innovations. Currently, Hanergy Solar has been actively cooperating with domestic and international auto manufactures, discussing and researching on electric car power storage, power system, photovoltaic car rooftop and other solar powered car related issues."
Elon Musk emphasized during the interview that solar energy and storage system will be the charging power for Tesla's charging stations in China. It reduces the environmental pollution caused by coal generated energy. The charging station operates 24 hours. It charges battery during the day time and stores energy during the night. Under the pressure from surging gasoline price and the strict emission standards, alternative energy powered vehicles, especially electric cars has become the new strategic development industry worldwide. In China, coal is still the main power generator. Electric vehicles industry is hindered by the traditional power supply pattern. The partnership between Tesla and Hanergy Solar will be the exemplar of the innovative corporation between electric vehicles and alternative energy technology. It encourages the auto industry breaking from the traditional power supply status quo, reduces the dependence on the traditional fossil energy, and mitigates infrastructure shortage.
Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. is China's largest private clean-energy power generation company, as well as the world's largest thin-film solar company.Established in 1994, the Company is headquartered in Beijing and has more than 8,000 employees. It has branches in several provinces in China as well as in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and other regions. Its businesses cover hydropower, wind power, and photovoltaic power generation. Since its establishment, Hanergy has been committed to "Clean Energy for a Better World? At present, its total installed capacity of hydropower project exceeds 6GW, and its total installed capacity of wind power projects is 131MW. In the field of solar energy, Hanergy has invested in the construction of thin-film solar industry R&D and manufacturing bases in Sichuan, Guangdong, Hainan, Zhejiang, Shandong, Jiangsu and other places, with a total production capacity of 3GW. Through global technical integration and independent innovation, Hanergy’s thin-film photovoltaic technology has reached international advanced levels, with the conversion efficiency of its copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) modules reaching 15.5%.Hanergy has entered into solar-power plant construction agreements that total a capacity of about 10GW. These projects are located in Xinjiang, Qinghai, Ningxia, Jiangsu, Hainan, Shandong, Hebei and other provinces as well as in European countries. Hanergy engages in the integration of the entire photovoltaic industry chain, covering R&D, high-end equipment manufacturing, PV module production and construction of photovoltaic power plants. For more information, please visit Hanergy