Next Article in Journal
Waterborne Acrylate-Based Hybrid Coatings with Enhanced Resistance Properties on Stone Surfaces
Previous Article in Journal
Growth of WS2 flakes on Ti3C2Tx Mxene Using Vapor Transportation Routine
Previous Article in Special Issue
To Do List for Research and Development and International Standardization to Achieve the Goal of Running a Majority of Electric Vehicles on Solar Energy
Article Menu
Issue 8 (August) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessFeature PaperArticle
Coatings 2018, 8(8), 282; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings8080282

Visually Attractive and High-Power-Retention Solar Modules by Coloring with Automotive Paints

1
X-Frontier Division, Toyota Motor Corporation, 1200 Mishuku, Susono, Shizuoka 410-1193, Japan
2
Material Research Department, Toyota Research Institute of North America, 1555 Woodridge Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 13 June 2018 / Revised: 30 July 2018 / Accepted: 11 August 2018 / Published: 15 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thin Film Solar Cells: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications)
Full-Text   |   PDF [4644 KB, uploaded 16 August 2018]   |  

Abstract

The automotive painting technique is highly advantageous for coloring solar modules, because it enables the modules to be visually attractive over a large area, numerous colors can be applied, and they are highly durable. Herein, we present a high-performance solar module colored using an automotive painting technique. We coated a dilute automotive pigment, the high-transmittance mica pigment, with a clear coat material on a crystalline Si solar module to generate blue color. Our measurements show that a pigment weight concentration of around 10% with the mica pigment is suitable for painting the solar modules, because it enables visual attractiveness while retaining over 80% of the output power, compared to the original solar module. We believe that the technique proposed herein can considerably increase the installable area of solar modules on a car body. View Full-Text
Keywords: photovoltaic; colored solar module; car-roof PV; automotive painting; interference pigment photovoltaic; colored solar module; car-roof PV; automotive painting; interference pigment
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Masuda, T.; Kudo, Y.; Banerjee, D. Visually Attractive and High-Power-Retention Solar Modules by Coloring with Automotive Paints. Coatings 2018, 8, 282.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Coatings EISSN 2079-6412 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top