BMW and Honda next in line to employ CIGS PV solar power
The two automotive giants are fitting CIGS solar panels at their car factories
Two of the big guns in the automobile industry are looking to start incorporating more on-site solar electricity generation.
Honda has been installing solar power generation systems at its plants all over Japan which have so far reached a total combined capacity of 3.3 MW.
Honda's own solar power branch is Honda Soltec and it is using its own solar panels, the "Honda Soltec CIGS thin-film solar cells" in all of its branches. Recent installations by Honda include a 9 kW solar power system fitted at the Honda Cars Tokyo Chuo dealership. This installation marks the beginning of a solar power initiative from Honda that will see over 100 dealerships fitted with similar solar panels.
BMW has been pulled over to the 'green side' after having just recently finished installing 400 solar modules that each has a 240 W capacity. They have been installed at BMW Manufacturing's heritage museum and visitor centre which is situated next to their South Carolina plant, in America.
According to an article on Energy Matters, the half a million dollar solar power system provides all of the electricity that is needed for BMW to power the Zentrum Museum. It is hoped that it will eventually be powering three new electric vehicle charging stations throughout the company's main facility.