The solar-powered family car Stella Vie – a closer look at the solar cells

On June 21st , the Solar Team Eindhoven (STE) launched its 5-person, solar-powered family car ‘Stella Vie’. The car, which has been developed by students at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), will take part in the cruiser class event of the World Solar Challenge in October this year. During this challenge, Stella Vie will compete in a solar-powered car race from Darwin to Adelaide on a 3000 km long highway which crosses the center of Australia. Although a lot of attention has been devoted to the (very nice looking!) car and its construction team, little attention has been paid to the enabling technology and true driving force of this car: its solar cells. What kind of solar cells have been used? How much power can they deliver? And how does the TU/e contribute to the development of affordable solar energy?

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