Mercedes-Benz’ insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

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German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has debuted a new concept for a hydrogen-powered SUV, and it’s pretty crazy. The Vision G-Code is as striking as any concept, with a squat profile and space-age interior, but it’s not the car’s looks that are interesting here: it’s the...

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  • inetdog
    inetdog Solar Expert Posts: 3,123 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: Mercedes-Benz’ insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

    That electrostatic paint, in particular, qualifies the concept as insane.
    SMA SB 3000, old BP panels.
  • westbranch
    westbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,183 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: Mercedes-Benz’ insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

    My first thought after seeing/reading is 'what happens to the PV output if it is 'Keyed' (severely scratched)'? Similar to PV with shade issues? or Just NO output?
     
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  • E_Fellow
    E_Fellow Registered Users Posts: 3
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    Re: Mercedes-Benz’ insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

    When the G-Code is stationary, its "multi-voltaic" paint generates electricity in a number of ways. It acts like a giant solar cell, turning the sun's energy into electricity, and also charges electrostatically, harnessing the power of the wind.

    I wonder how efficient the paint is at generating electricity from the sun or wind. Could be interesting for other uses as well, though it is probably still quite expensive.
  • solarix
    solarix Solar Expert Posts: 713 ✭✭
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    Re: Mercedes-Benz’ insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

    Ya, that's what we need. A reputable manufacturer coming out with bizarre, impractical solar wierdness.
  • westbranch
    westbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,183 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: Mercedes-Benz’ insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

    solar house paint....?? http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s3008638.htm

    electrostatic painting / coating

    comment here:http://www.autoblog.com/2014/11/03/mercedes-vision-g-code-concept-beijing/#aol-comments



    The sources of power include; the standard plug-in technology, regenerative braking, suspension system, electrostatic energy harnessed from the wind and the newly dubbed multi-voltaic silver paint job.


    The analysis of the Multi-Voltaic Silver paint job is not available because this was a concept press release. But with this concept, Mercedes could be capitalizing on under-utilized space and energy.

    I wonder how much electricity the paint can produce per sq. inch.?
     
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  • BB.
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    Re: Mercedes-Benz’ insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

    Not much... Unless there is a direct lightning strike--Then lots of energy (for fractions of a second).

    I was more thinking of "keying the car"--That could get interesting with charged panels.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset