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Vehicle-integrated PV

The invisible integrated solar cells in the car roof show a high power density.

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PV in a car roof

High-efficiency IBC cells provide electricity for e-vehicles.

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PV for Trucks

The large roof areas of commercial vehicles are suitable for application-optimized PV modules in lightweight construction. The solar power generated, lowers fuel consumption and thus reduces CO2 emissions.

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PV for Transport Industry: PV module integration for cars, trucks, busses, roads, tracks, noise barriers, trains, ... PV für Verkehrsbranche: Integration von PV-Modulen für PKW, LKW, Busse, Straßen, Gleisanlagen, Lärmschutzwände, Züge, ...

PV for Transport Industry

PV module integration for cars, trucks, busses, roads, tracks, noise barriers, trains, ...

PV for Mobility

Yield assessment, PV module and system development for the transport sector

Vehicle-Integrated Photovoltaics

Tremendous decline in costs for solar power generation enables new applications in the transport sector. Electric vehicles with integrated PV modules achieve longer ranges, vehicles with combustion engines save fuel and reduce their emissions, and transport routes can also be operated as power stations.

Compared to conventional PV installations, modules on vehicles and traffic routes are exposed to very demanding loads. At Fraunhofer ISE, we develop solar modules that meet these extreme requirements.

We offer a comprehensive range of services for PV applications in the mobility sector, including yield assessment and analysis of PV systems, the development of solar modules or electronic applications, as well as economic considerations.

Selected Press Releases


Press Release - 03.04.2020

Vehicle-integrated PV for Electrical Commercial Vehicles

Heavy-load vehicle traffic is responsible for 6 percent of the CO2 emissions in the European Union. Solar electricity generated directly on the vehicle can improve this balance by 5 to 7 percent. In the “Lade-PV” project will explore the market feasibility of PV applications in the heavy-load transport. 


Press Release - 02.09.2019

Fraunhofer ISE Presents Colored Solar Car Roof at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)

To extend the driving range of electric vehicles, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has developed a solar car roof with highly efficient solar cells.


Press Release - 4.4.2017

Research at Fraunhofer ISE Investigates Integrated PV Modules for Commercial Vehicles

Thanks to considerable cost reductions in photovoltaic modules, solar energy holds increasing appeal for use in the mobility sector.

Selected Research Projects



The project "Lade-PV" is intended to demonstrate the marketability of PV applications in freight transport.



Solar Potentials of German Traffic Routes


Visit us at the IAA in Munich!

7. -  12. September 2021

Hall B1,  Stand C60

Download Flyer: Vehicle-Integrated PV

Flyer: Solar Cells Activate the Car Roof