The project involves a robust system solution with a special MiaSolé solar cell technology. This, combined with newly developed electronic charging technology and software solutions, enables installation on modern buses. The solution has been developed over several years by the Norwegian company Green Energy A/S. It’s Vejle-based subsidiary, Green Energy Scandinivia, will carry out the installations of solar technology on buses in other European countries.
Nettbuss is Norway’s largest bus company, and it is important for Nettbuss to be a front-runner of technology development.
“We are proud to launch this unique demonstration project with ten buses on which solar cells are installed,” says administrating director Ole Engebret Haugen in Nettbuss AS.
The new technology makes use of the bus’ large roof surface, which allows the production of power from free-of-charge solar energy. This reduces the bus’ fuel consumption by approximately five percent and strengthens the life of the bus’ batteries.
“Increased uptime that ensures operation, reduced fuel consumption and reduced CO² emissions of approximately 2.5-3 tonnes per bus, is a good combination, which we will also use on other bus routes,” continues Haugen.
The buses will mainly run locally in Hønefoss and Oslo, on contract with the traffic company Brakar, which is responsible for the operation and development of the public transport in the Norwegian county Buskerud. 93 percent of the buses, that run for Brakar, are currently driving biodiesel but in the urban areas, Brakar primarily wants to invest in electrical operations looking forward. The solarcell solution is also developed for electric buses.
For more information, visit the Green Tech Bus website at www.greentechbus.com.