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Opvius OPV installs organic photovoltaic charging system for Velotaxis

The Velotaxi project provides Opvius with an opportunity to bring OPV technology that bit closer to the consumer

6 Jun 2017 | Editor

Opvius has announced they have installed organic photovoltaic charging system for MVV Energies' branded Velotaxis that was recently introduced at this year's Mannheim May Market - reported to be the biggest regional consumer fair in Germany.

The Mannheim-based energy company MVV Energie introduced the Velotaxis with their solar-based charging systems using organic PV modules as an example of the tangible value of renewable energies and energy supply.

The energy generated by the modules is stored in a charging infrastructure and can be used by Velotaxi customers to charge their mobile devices.

The OPV modules were mounted on polycarbonate panels and integrated into the roofs of the bicycle taxis. One of the Opvius states that one of key features of organic photovoltaics in this application is that the performance of the OPV is not dependant on the angle of incidence of the sun’s rays. This, in addition to the flexibility of the panels, means that they can be adapted to the shape of the bicycle taxis to achieve maximum efficiency and charging capacity.

Opvius reported that equipping three Velotaxis with OPV modules was a first step towards making integrated photovoltaics a tangible experience.

Opvius OPV - organic photovoltaic charging system for MVV Energies' Velotaxis

Figure: Opvius OPV - organic photovoltaic charging system for MVV Energies' Velotaxis

The users of the Velotaxis can directly experience the added value created by a PV installation without any of the negative aspects typically associated with solar energy such as a lack of aesthetics or difficult integration.

The printed OPV modules manufactured by Opvius GmbH are unique in providing freedom in selecting colours and forms. Given that the OPV modules on the CityCruiser model are installed on a transparent roof, visitor taking a tour will also be able to come into direct contact with the technology.

The installation of organic photovoltaics in Velotaxi’s environmentally friendly bicycle taxis is also an innovation for the taxis, and benefits all parties.

Opvius said that the next opportunity for customers to use the Velotaxis with the integrated Opvius OPV modules will be in Mannheim from 10 to 12 June 2017. The bicycles will be a feature of the anniversary event to celebrate "200 Years of the Bicycle" at the "Monnem Bike Festival" and will be used to take visitors around the city.

Carina Heinz, Managing Director of Velotaxi Generalvertretung Deutschland, said, "We are delighted to be realising this joint project with Opvius GmbH. We had been thinking about equipping our Velotaxis with organic photovoltaics for some time. Organic photovoltaics give our advertising clients free rein when it comes to form and colour, which opens up new design options for the bicycles."
Hermann Issa, Senior Director Business Development and Sales at Opvius said, "The Velotaxi project is a very attractive collaboration for us. It not only gives us an opportunity to put our OPV modules to good use, it also brings the technology that bit closer to the consumer. As market leaders, we want to create awareness of the advantages of organic photovoltaics and to trigger a rethink of the future use of solar technologies in integrated systems, proving their direct value to users."

www.opvius.com    www.velotaxi.de    www.mvv-energie.de   


About Opvius

Opvius GmbH (formerly Belectric OPV) is founded 2012 and situated in Nuremberg (R&D) and Kitzingen (Manufacturing Center at INNOPARK Kitzingen). OPVIUS develops and manufactures organic solar cells and focuses on the commercialization of customized OPV solutions. The company cooperates closely with established partners in the field of science, industry, energy production, electronics and architecture.

With over 100 customers and projects in more than 15 countries Opvius is one of the leading organic PV providers worldwide. Its position as a technical leader is the result of a high degree of vertical integration in the development and manufacturing processes. With our team of scientists, engineers and manufacturing experts we create customized OPV solutions for your application according to your requirements and thus make full use of the intrinsic advantages OPV offers.

Source: Opvius


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