Audi drives towards solar car roofs

  Audi has teamed up with Chinese company Hanergy to develop solar roofs for cars. Alta Devices, a subsidiary of the Chinese firm, will design the glass sunroof with integrated solar cells, with the aim of boosting the range of Audi’s electric vehicles. Eventually, the firms hope to cover almost the entire roof surface with […]

IKEA ends Hanergy solar partnership

Chinese solar firm Hanergy has lost a contract to distribute its solar panels in IKEA’s European stores. The axe of the three-year partnership comes as the solar firm is investigated by Hong Kong’s stock market regulator. In a statement IKEA said: “A new business model has been decided upon, which includes the decision not to renew the contract with […]

Aston Martin revs up solar car project

British racing team Aston Martin Racing and the world’s biggest solar power company Hanergy have renewed their partnership to develop the first solar-powered car for consumers across the globe. Initially announced in June last year, the two firms aim to maximise the performance of Aston Martin race cars as well as contribute to Hanergy’s development […]

China steals Germany’s solar crown

Germany has lost its crown as the world’s biggest solar market to China, claims a new report by Chinese solar firm Hanergy and the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce. China’s market leapt 232% to become the largest market, getting 12 gigawatts’ worth of photovoltaic panels in 2013, claims the report. Meanwhile Germany’s newly installed […]

IKEA sells cut-price solar panels

IKEA has teamed up with solar panel provider Hanergy to offer panels (pictured) to householders at a cut price. A standard 3.36kW system for a semi-detached house will sell for £5,700. But you won’t need to worry about inserting tab A into slot B as it’s not a flat pack system – and installation is […]