Phillips New Fuel-Efficiency Solution: Stick-On Solar Panels

In an effort to increase efficiency and sustainability in Trucking, Phillips Industries has launched their new, advanced, stick-on solar panels technology.

Stick-On Solar Panels from Phillips Industries on Semi Truck

Innovative Stick-On Solar Panels Technology

Phillips Industries claims that their stick-on solar panels technology generates 20% more energy with 50% higher power density using a thin-film technology. This breakthrough could potentially offer a sustainable energy source that could also reduce the reliance on diesel.

One of the most impressive features of Phillips’ solar panels, according to the company, is their capability to provide up to 34 hours of power without diesel, which could nearly eliminate the need for engine idling. This can lead to substantial fuel savings and lower CO2 emissions. Recent studies indicate that fleets using Phillips’ stick-on solar panels see an average improvement of 0.23 mpg in fuel efficiency, saving over 400 gallons of fuel and cutting CO2 emissions by 9.3 tons per truck annually.

Benefits for Fleet Operations

Extended Battery Life: Phillips Industries claims that frequent engine starts and high electrical demand from auxiliary equipment can lead to accelerated battery wear and failures. Their stick-on solar panels help maintain battery charge levels, potentially reducing strain and extending their lifespan, which could lower maintenance costs and minimize downtime.

Compliance and Fuel Savings: According to Phillips, anti-idling laws in many regions aim to cut emissions by requiring engines to be turned off during stops. Phillips’ Solar panels can support these regulations by powering critical systems without the engine running, reducing fuel use and ensuring compliance.

Driver Comfort and Retention: A comfortable cab is crucial for driver satisfaction and retention. Phillips claims that their solar panels capture energy to power heating and cooling systems, refrigerators, and entertainment devices, enhancing comfort during long hauls without needing extra batteries.

Environmental Impact and Sustainability: With the push to reduce carbon footprints, commercial vehicle companies seek ways to cut diesel consumption and emissions. Phillips Industries asserts that their Solar panels provide a clean energy alternative, helping companies meet their sustainability goals.

Operational Efficiency in Remote Areas: Vehicles in remote or rural areas may struggle to access power for recharging batteries or running equipment. Phillips claims that their stick-on solar panels ensure that essential systems operate independently of external power sources, potentially boosting reliability and efficiency in off-grid locations.

Easy Installation and Robust Durability

Phillips Industries highlights the aerodynamic, peel-and-stick design of their Solar panels, which simplifies installation and requires no drilling. The ultra-durable patented grid design can withstand extreme vibrations, high winds, and impacts from road debris, rocks, and tree branches, ensuring reliability in various conditions.

In practical use, Phillips claims that their Solar panels outperform other systems by delivering exceptional performance in all lighting conditions and maximizing power output throughout the year. The patented grid technology allows individual cells to function independently, optimizing performance even when damaged or in scattered light and extreme weather conditions.

Federal Tax Incentives

Phillips’ Solar panels are said to qualify for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit. This incentive allows businesses to deduct a significant percentage of the cost of installing solar energy systems from their federal taxes, reducing initial capital expenditures and accelerating return on investment.

Solar Kits for Commercial Vehicles

Phillips’ Solar panels come in seven distinct kits suitable for Class 8 tractors, reefer units, and liftgates. Each kit includes the necessary panels and components for complete installation and deployment. The kits feature easy peel-and-stick installation, heavy-duty solar chargers, and advanced jump-start avoidance technology.

Moves Towards Sustainability

Rob Phillips, CEO of Phillips Industries, stated, “By integrating our solar technology, fleets can expect significant improvements in fuel efficiency and battery life, along with enhanced compliance with evolving environmental regulations. This shift towards solar energy is not just an operational upgrade but a strategic move towards sustainability that will redefine the economic and environmental landscape of commercial trucking.”

Real-World Applications

In the past, companies have implemented solar power into their fleets. Mesilla Valley Transportation explored solar power to extend electric auxiliary power unit operation time. They found that newer, flexible solar panels solved aerodynamic issues, resulting in longer battery life and increased driver satisfaction.

Groupe Robert, a Montreal-based company uses solar panels to keep drivers comfortable without idling and maintain battery charge in cold weather. Their solar setups have provided up to 10 hours of cooling time, significantly enhancing driver comfort and operational efficiency.

K&J Trucking has used solar panels to charge refrigerators in sleeper cabs, allowing drivers to keep healthy food options without emptying the fridge during extended off-truck periods. They have also used solar panels on trailers to maintain battery charge for refrigeration units and liftgates.

Looking Ahead

Phillips Industries’ new stick-on solar panels technology is set to make a significant impact on the commercial trucking industry. By providing a reliable and efficient energy source, these panels offer numerous benefits including fuel savings, extended battery life, compliance with environmental regulations, and enhanced driver comfort. With the added advantage of federal tax incentives, integrating solar technology into commercial fleets is both economically and environmentally advantageous. As the trucking industry moves towards sustainability, Phillips’ Solar panels represent a strategic step forward in achieving these goals.

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