Interesting video. Thanks for posting.
Looking at the fellow’s setup, and also considering the really astounding efficiencies of perovskite solar cells, this kind of application would be a great demonstration of the tech.
Consider that perovskite cells can be literally painted on a substrate flexible enough to roll up a much larger collection area quickly and easily. Perovskites are also much lighter than silicon solar cells.
The reported problem with this tech is its expected life. Perovskites have a reputation that you’d do well to have a three-year life of a static ‘installation’ at not much savings over the cost of a 25+ year productive life for silicon cells.
We all saw the clever way the guy in the video erected his solar array. Imagine, though, a totally different vehicle. Basically aerodynamic – it could be shaped kind of like Aptera – but in camping mode, the roof pivots forward and a large full dome self-inflates with the flex cells in all directions. Once inflated, specific snaps allow the user to avoid opening the window and collapsing the big tent.
The end result is efficient during travel because of its aerodynamic shape and comparative lack of mass for an over-the-road camper that because of the self-erecting large camping tent covered with copious amounts of flexible solar cells (perovskites) capable on a good day of generating enough power to push a quite large and luxurious solar-powered camper 250 miles in a day.
The point is that effort was quite commendable and should inspire others to better.