Expecting new applications for offgrid-modules, such as rental bikes, Opes says it is expanding its manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China to prepare for further growth. (Photo Credit: Opes Solutions)
- Opes Solutions will supply its off-grid solar modules for more than 100,000 rental bicycles
- The shipments are scheduled between May and June 2018
- Opes says the modules help communicate actively with the lender at all times and also take care of maintenance and logistics concepts
- It has not specified in which locations the modules will be used for rental bikes
Off-grid solar module company Opes Solutions says it will supply its products for more than 100,000 rental bicycles. The shipments are scheduled between May and June 2018. The modules used in these bikes help communicate actively with the lender at all times. This also helps in implementing maintenance and logistics concepts.
Examples as this go on to show the potential of solar module use in a variety of applications.
Usually modules used for bicycles have a capacity range of 0.5 to 2 W. Of late, larger modules with an output of around 5 W are more popular. These modules are attached to the transport basket of the bicycle.
According to Opes Solutions, globally there are some 23 million rental bikes in more than 300 cities. Opes Solutions believes the global rental bicycle market could reach a total of around €9.2 billion ($10.88 billion) by 2022.
“The bike sharing example shows how digitization can create new markets and business models for off-grid solar modules within a few months – virtually out of nowhere,” said Robert Händel, founder and CEO of OPES Solutions.
Flanked by an automated production facility in Changzhou, China Opes Solutions says it uses patented laser and stringer processes that multiply the throughput compared to conventional processes. “OPES is expanding its manufacturing platform to prepare for further growth in our segment. We are expecting many new applications for off grid-modules,” added Händel.
Opes modules have an output of 0.9 to 270 W. It has not specified in which locations the modules will be used for rental bikes