Trina Solar develops solar cells for Japanese EV project
The OSU-Model-S is fueled solely by solar power which is converted into electricity via 565 solar cells, and has just finished its first test run in Shirahama Old Airport, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.
The OSU-Model-S will compete in early August in the IFA Suzuka Solar Car Race, the largest international solar car race taking place in Japan.
Prof Hisakazu Fujita of Osaka Sangyo University commented, "We are extremely excited to have Trina Solar as our partner in the OSU-Model-S for the upcoming IFA Suzuka Solar Car Race. We believe Trina Solar's IBC cells, a similar technology of which that has already been successfully applied to Solar Impulse-2, a solar-powered aircraft flying around the world recently, will put us ahead of the competition in a race designed to favor the most energy efficient race cars. Furthermore, our cooperation with Trina Solar has not only inspired us to achieve our vision of promoting the most advanced future car technology, but has also given us the technological expertise to maintain our leading position in the race, as we look to build on our 3 consecutive championships since 2012."