On August 23, 2017, Alta Devices, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hanergy Thin Film Power, and Audi AG signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation in Thin Film Solar Cell Technology. Two parties will jointly undertake the “Audi/Hanergy Thin Film Solar Cell Research and Development project.”
As the first step, Audi and Hanergy will introduce the solution of integrating thin-film solar cells in the panoramic roof of Audi models. It is aimed to prolong the endurance mileage by feeding solar energy into the internal vehicle electrical system – including air conditioning and other electrical appliances. In the long term, by leveraging the technologies from both sides, the two parties plan to gradually transition to utilize thin film solar technology to feed solar energy into the drivetrain battery to provide additional primary power for vehicles. The project will not only contribute to Audi’s clear vision of emission-free mobility -- but also advance the application of thin-film solar technology for global primary energy generation. The two sides plan to jointly present an Audi vehicle prototype featuring an integrated prototype solar roof solution by the end of 2017.