How does it work?
The light-trapping technology features uniquely shaped corner cubes that prevent light from reflecting off the module, while internally reflected light is captured or “trapped”.
Together the Nuon team and DSM built an integrated front sheet and laminated this into flexible modules, which were then glued onto the top shell of the car. Aside from being super-light, the new solar panel is easier to clean without damaging the silicate cells.
A history of collaboration
This represents the latest in a series of innovations that the Nuon team and DSM have achieved together. The team also won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in October 2015 – with a little help from DSM. In fact, DSM materials and knowledge have been used in:
- The underside and wheel arches of the car: To increase safety the team integrated Dyneema®, the world's strongest fiber™ to protect against dusty and rocky desert terrain.
- The trailing edge of the car: Instead of traditional carbon fiber, our Somos® materials - based on the latest stereolithography 3D printing techniques - are used to increase aerodynamics
- The shell of the car: Solvent-free Daron® resins, manufactured by our Aliancys joint venture, were used to deliver optimum strength at lightest weight compared to conventional styrene-based resin systems.