The bus, which the company calls "Solarve," is equipped with photovoltaic (PV) panels, LED lamps, and a system for viewing the surroundings of the vehicle.
"This is the world's first public bus that is equipped with solar panels," said a representative of Sanyo Electric Co Ltd, which supplied the PV panels.
The PV panels are mounted on the roof of the bus. They are made with Sanyo's crystalline silicon PV cells (HIT: heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer, 420W) and amorphous silicon PV cells (Amorton, 378W). Power generated by using those PV cells is used to power the LED lamps inside the bus.
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