The leading off grid-module manufacturer OPES Solutions enters new paths with solar modules for vehicle integration based on recycled ocean plastic. To this end, the company has developed an innovative manufacturing process carried out in a single automated step. Wafer-based crystalline solar cells are combined with structured sandwich panels from 3A Composites Mobility, made of recycled PET. The new modules are optimized for use in the automotive industry and have been installed for the first time in the trailer of the international SolarButterfly project.With a total power of 15.2 kW, they provide sufficient electricity for the SolarButterfly towing vehicle and the operation of the tiny mobile house built in with the trailer. Weighing 4.7 kg per square meters, they are 55% lighter than conventional solar modules, yet, the efficiency of the solar cells used is 24%.Sustainable integration of photovoltaics in vehicles means reducing material consumption and using sustainable components. Both are demonstrated in the SolarButterfly project. Here, the photovoltaic modules are not additional components that are retrofitted to the vehicle. Instead, they are completely integrated and form the energy-generating vehicle shell as the Solar Butterfly, substituting conventional materials used before. Just as in the automotive industry, weight reduction by maintaining structural stability is crucial.SolarButterfly is a solar powered tiny mobile home in the shape of an enormous butterfly which charges the electric vehicle that tows. It will tour the world looking for projects and pioneers to stop global warming. The SolarButterfly plans identify, recordThe base construction of the ocean plastic solar module is the proprietary solar technology used for OPES Solutions’ VIPV module type SolShell, which is already in production. Some of the core features are outstanding heat insulation that keeps the interior of the vehicle cool and the increased resistance to vibrations, so that the connections of the solar cells remain permanently undamaged. This is the result of extensive R&D and testing.OPES Solutions is also continuously optimizing the VIPV module efficiency. With their clustered solar cell layout and integrated by-pass diodes, the power output of the high-efficiency solar cells from Longi is optimized for partial shadow and low light scenarios.