There is an outstanding business opportunity taking advantage of trailers’ surface available in long distance transportation sector. Every truck’ s trailer offers a standard potential for PV energy generation in very similar conditions that fit very nicely with existing PV technologies, products and solutions.
Similar to a household solution dynamic model, in which the appropriate energy storage design delivers in an optimal generation and demand balance, the system may be operated either on wheels or grid connected during down times.
Despite of regulatory barriers due to the lack of specific framework for the introduction of PV energy generation in the transportation sector, at this point in time experience gained with traditional PV solutions and ongoing innovative developments in the field of electric vehicles already delivered in mature players and capable market scenarios.
The Business Model Solution is based on Energy Service Companies operating in the transportation and logistic sectors among different stakeholders:
– logistics companies
– energy users
– assets management companies
– truck owners
– grid operators
– energy generators
For operating purposes the ESCO company needs to be stablished in a broad scope of geographic areas as far as the logistics market operations demand.
The new business development and streamlining into the existing trailers box manufacturing sector as well as in the transportation sector will demand strategies that smoothly align with existing markets as if it was a current trailers evolution, as well as disruptive approaches like «new market product», and early market introduction in those geographic areas in which logistics has not come yet to be a mature and structured market.
On a preliminary rough cut analysis for market sizing it is considered 1.000.000 trucks at European level, accounting in average 10Kw – PV per unit, and a trailers life cycle of 10 years. The gross figure shows like 10Gw – PV Solar potential in Europe with an ambitious target of 1Gw turnover replacement yearly, as per current trailers replacement rates.