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If your car’s sunroof lived up to its name it could be doing a whole lot more for you. That’s the idea Sunrise Solar has with its new Solar Roof, a set of photovoltaic cells integrated into a car’s sunroof. By swapping out the boring tinted […]

If your car’s sunroof lived up to its name it could be doing a whole lot more for you. That’s the idea Sunrise Solar has with its new Solar Roof, a set of photovoltaic cells integrated into a car’s sunroof. By swapping out the boring tinted glass and putting in a solar-powered replacement, your car could charge its batteries and power the AC to keep your car cool.

Details on the San Antonio, Texas-based company’s roof design and intended customers are scant. Is this an after-market item for DIYers to add to their cars or something aimed at automotive OEMs? Sunrise Solar hasn’t responded to multiple requests for comment. The company, which is traded on the over-the-counter market, says it also intends to sell a number of consumer-facing solar products, including panels, a cell-phone charger and solar-powered light-up bricks.

We know some vehicle manufacturers are already thinking about putting solar panels on the roofs of their next-gen vehicles. Japanese newspaper Nikkei and Reuters have both reported that the 2010 Prius would sport solar panels that would help power the air conditioning system. Electric car startup Fisker Automotive also intends to use a solar roof to run a cooling system. Fisker, through its powertrain maker and investor Quantum, is having Asola design its roof; the company says solar roofs will be on the first Karmas, due out at the end of the 2009.

However, a solar roof does not a solar-powered car make. The trickle charge coming off of the several square feet of PV cells would be enough to keep some ventilation fans going, but they wouldn’t be able to fully recharge your car’s battery over the course of a day. But it would be nice to find your car comfortably cool after a day of baking in a sunny parking lot.

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  1. Solar Sunroof Recharges Car Battery and Provides Temperature Control : CleanTechnica Monday, August 25, 2008

    [...] course, a solar-powered sun roof does not provide nearly enough energy to power an entire car. It might be enough to keep some ventilation fans blowing, but it couldn’t fully recharge a car’s battery [...]

  2. Ft Lauderdale Car Rental Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    This is great, I can save money and put it towards gas, with the ever changing always rearranging price of gas this can come in very handy.

  3. Total Solar Energy Thursday, September 25, 2008

    it could help to power up your gadgets like an ipod or phone

  4. roofing in york pa Wednesday, October 8, 2008

    It could top off your battery too. no more dead batteries.

  5. Solar Powered Car Takes 10 Days to Charge [Earth2Tech - Start-Up News] | Internet Startups Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    [...] be on the first Karmas, due out at the end of the 2009. A company in San Antonio, Texas, called Sunrise Solar is selling a solar roof that users can add onto vehicles. Cruise Car also sells a solar roof kit for golf carts [...]

  6. LunettesMontreal Tuesday, November 4, 2008

    It can help to keep the battery charged in the winter. I can see great uses for that material and technique.

  7. Great Idea. In this way I could save my gasoline expense. Now my wish is that I can replace my existing car roof into solar roof. But I think I would not be possible. :-(

  8. I believe any amount if renewable is worth pursuing!

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    [...] Development & Employment Alliance, or IDEA: representatives from Microsoft, General Electric, startup Sunrise Solar and auto supplier Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, joined the Chamber’s Global Intellectual [...]

  10. Sunrise to Make Solar Roof for Your Car | Shed Kits Tuesday, May 26, 2009

    [...] Sunrise to Make Solar Roof for Your Car Posted by root 23 hours ago (http://earth2tech.com) Sunrise solar hasn 39 t responded to multiple requests for comment the company which is traded on the course a solar powered sun roof does not provide nearly enough energy to power an entire car epdm coatings said on november 26th 2008 at 7 31 pm idg tech Discuss  |  Bury |  News | sunrise to make solar roof for your car [...]

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