How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Dec 26, 2016 9:15 am

"In Vermont, Solar, Batteries Key Energy Revolution":
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireSt ... n-44393762

Includes:
In her renewable energy project, Phillips got help from the Vermont solar company SunCommon and Vermont's major electric company, Green Mountain Power.

GMP has been pushing to be a leader in the search for the Holy Grail of renewable energy — economical batteries to store energy from wind farms and solar panels for those times when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow.

In an interview last year, the company's CEO, Mary Powell, told The Associated Press that batteries would be a linchpin in a newly envisioned future for electrical energy. They would store solar energy and provide backup power during outages and put electricity on the grid at times of peak demand and recharge electric bicycles.

All signs are that it's happening.

Phillips is one of 20 GMP customers to have installed Tesla Powerwalls — 70 more are in the queue. GMP charges $37 a month over the life of the battery, or allows customers to buy them up-front for about $7,000 installed.
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Dec 27, 2016 10:47 am

ES Bible "Search found 5 matches"... for "Rool'in". One more:

"How To Turn Your Regular Bike Into A Solar EBike With This Solar Wheel":
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferhic ... 0025643e55

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There will be around 250 French tech companies at CES 2017. In addition, 172 French startus will attend CES as part of La French Tech at Euraka Park. One of those companies, Rool'in, will preview a connected solar wheel that turns a regular bike into a solar e-bike.
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Jan 02, 2017 2:56 pm

"Solar Panels Now So Cheap Manufacturers Probably Selling at Loss":
https://about.bnef.com/blog/solar-panel ... at-loss-2/
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Jan 07, 2017 8:43 am

From this thread last October...
LockH wrote:"Old" news, from way back in February this year (but zero mentions on ES so far for company "Heliatek"...)

"Heliatek claims new conversion efficiency record for organic PV cells"
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http://newatlas.com/organic-photovoltai ... tek/41721/
These folks:
http://www.heliatek.com/en/
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Together with it´s Partner ENGIE Heliatek will be participating at the CES 2017, a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow.

SANDS Expo/ Floor 1/Hall G, in the EUREKA PARK NEXT Booths 51720 to 51531
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Jan 15, 2017 7:05 am

Solar Energy Is Hot -- Here's Where to Invest Now:
https://www.thestreet.com/story/1395329 ... t-now.html

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Solar energy is hot. Utility capacity is growing exponentially in the U.S. and abroad. By mid-century solar energy is expected to produce more than 15% of the world's electricity, up from 1% today.
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Solar, for example, has a variety of competing technologies. There is the photovoltaic (PV or light) and thermal (heat) solar power. Among companies that produce PV equipment, some may produce the more expensive and more efficient rigid solar panels, while other may make the less costly and less efficient thin-film collectors.
My vote? For "less costly and less efficient thin-film" plastered on vehicle shells ("bodies") EVerywhere... (Lighter weight as requiring less energy to move.) :)
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Jan 23, 2017 10:59 pm

Report from IBM: The sun shines on solar
("Consciousness, efficiency and the surge in the solar economy"):
https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-b ... E03791USEN

"79% of US population sees solar system paying for itself in less than 9 years"
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Feb 07, 2017 4:52 pm

(ES Bible "Search found 4 matches: +EPFL". Again:)

Record-breaking solar panels could slash power costs:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/record-break ... 58696.html
Solar panels that use microtracking technology to almost double the yield achieved by current sun-powered technology have been developed by a start-up offshoot of Switzerland's EPFL. Jim Drury reports.
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Feb 11, 2017 10:13 pm

New solar glitter can make virtually anything solar powered:
http://inhabitat.com/sandia-solar-glitt ... -or-shape/

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MEPV (microsystems enabled photovoltaics) draws on microdesign and microfabrication techniques to create the tiny solar cells that are then are released into a solution much like printing ink. The mix is then printed onto an inexpensive material. mPower will commercialize MEPV as Dragon SCALEs, which Sandia says will “fit into and power devices or sensors of any shape or size.”
“The key limitation to silicon is that if you bend and flex it, it will crack and shatter. Our technology makes it virtually unbreakable while keeping all the benefits of high efficiency, high reliability silicon PV.
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Feb 15, 2017 2:37 pm

US solar installations nearly doubled in 2016, and broke some records:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/7a4965a9-7 ... early.html

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For the first time, solar power installations formed the largest group of electricity generating capacity of any energy source, according to a new report from Greentech Media.

Nearly 40 percent of new power generation projects added last year were solar, in terms of electrical production capacity. A record 22 states each added more than 100 megawatts, the report said.
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Mar 11, 2017 9:54 am

America’s First Solar Roadway Is A Total Disaster:
http://principia-scientific.org/america ... -disaster/

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The prototype appears to be plagued by drainage issues, poor manufacturing controls and fundamental design flaws.
... seen on Faceplant... One [C]omment there:
[Sigh] Had they instead laid a roll(s) of "thin film" solar cells as a (south-sloped) pole-mounted canopy ABOVE the roadway... Better protection from rains and snows, better angled for sunshine, ... long list of advantages.
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Mar 14, 2017 4:54 am

[Sigh]

Solar Panels Increased Emissions Of A Gas 17,200 Times More Potent Than CO2:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/01/solar ... -than-co2/

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Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) is a key chemical agent used to manufacture photovoltaic cells for solar panels, suggesting government subsidies and tax credits for solar panels may be a driving factor behind the 1,057 percent in NF3 over the last 25 years. In comparison, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions only rose by about 5 percent during the same time period.
NF3 emissions are 17,200 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas over a 100 year time period.
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Mar 16, 2017 2:29 pm

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Solar Energy In U.S.: Could You Have A Solar Home?:
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The U.S. saw a massive solar boom in 2016, more than 14 megawatts of potential power were brought on to the grid, bringing the total solar capacity of the U.S. to 42.4 gigawatts. To put those numbers in perspective, there are now 8.3 million homes across the country that could potentially be powered by solar, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
... includes:
Google has been working on Project Sunroof, a program to identify what homes and businesses are viable candidates for solar. And what it’s found after analyzing 60 million rooftops is that up to 79 percent of those rooftops are viable candidates for solar. In certain states like Hawaii and Arizona, up to 90 percent of the rooftops are viable. So the space is there, it’s just a matter of getting solar panels on it to get the energy flowing into the grid. You can even look up your address to find out whether your roof has been analyzed yet.
https://www.google.com/get/sunroof#p=0
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Mar 22, 2017 11:28 am

Website CleanTechnica (They say: "the #1 cleantech-focused website in the US and the world according to Compete.com and Quantcast.com") just flooded these daze w/new re solar:
https://cleantechnica.com/

"Malaysia Will Soon Auction 460 Megawatts Of Solar Projects"
"Abu Dhabi Set To Close $872 Million Funding Deal For 1.177 Gigawatt Solar Project"
"Steel Manufacturing Giant ArcelorMittal Seeks Approval For 600 Megawatt Indian Solar Project"
"India’s Solar Capacity Quadruples In 3 Years To 10 Gigawatts"
"Algeria Will Soon Float A 4 Gigawatt Solar Tender"
"First Solar Could Sell 200 Megawatts Of Solar Capacity In India"
"750 Megawatt Solar Project In India Will Receive Loan At 0.25% From World Bank"

... and that's just on one day, March 22...
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by Cephalotus » Mar 24, 2017 7:37 am

LockH wrote:...Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) is a key chemical agent used to manufacture photovoltaic cells for solar panels,...
NF3 is only used in the cleaning process during production of some thin film technologies (which have low market share) and thankfully is expensive enough that solar panel manufactures have no interest to let it escape...

It's also used in the production of LCD flatscreen Panels, which cost much, much more per m² than thin film solar cells (so the price of NF3 is less relevant) and also have grown in numbers during the last 25 years ;-)

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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Mar 24, 2017 7:48 am

^^ Hehe... THANKS C. Love when "stuff" put into "context". :)
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Mar 26, 2017 1:35 pm

Tesla exec explains vision: ‘You have solar, battery pack, EV and you control everything on your phone’
https://electrek.co/2017/03/26/tesla-vi ... -solar-ev/

Starts:
Since Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity, the company’s mission slightly changed from “accelerating the advent of electric transport” to “accelerating the advent of sustainable energy”. The company wants to offer solutions throughout the entire energy production and consumption process.
... watt article doesn't mention ebikes EVen once... :roll: (energy use *reduction* rather than *consumption*). :evil:
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by MadRhino » Mar 26, 2017 8:06 pm

The guy calls it a reverse tricycle.
Yet, I see it as a "pentacycle".
I wonder why one would want 5 wheels, and call it a tricycle.
Sure not a mechanic engineer. :D

I conclude he must be in the " liberal arts " program. :mrgreen:
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Apr 03, 2017 5:03 pm

^^ Hehe...

ES Bible "Search found 2 matches: +Rayton"... again:

Bill Nye-backed startup is using particle accelerator tech to make solar power accessible
https://bgr.com/2017/03/31/solar-panels ... interview/

Starts:
After hitting more than $7 million in reservations as part of a Reg A+ equity crowdfunding campaign and getting a stamp of approval from celebrity scientist Bill Nye, Santa Monica-based solar company Rayton Solar has some big plans for the future.

Its goal? Using particle accelerator technology to bring down the cost of solar panel manufacturing and hasten a transition of world energy usage to more of a reliance on solar installations.
... and includes a YT vid "Bill Nye Presents Rayton Solar":
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Apr 09, 2017 11:18 am

California is getting so much power from solar that wholesale electricity prices are turning negative:
https://qz.com/953614/california-produc ... -negative/
On March 11, it passed a milestone on the route to powering the whole state sustainably. For the first time, more than half the power needs of the entire state came from solar power for a few hours that day, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Apr 11, 2017 7:25 am

LockH wrote:Jul 20, 2016 "Mobile Solar Flower replaces the current connection" (Sorry, Giggle (sp?) Translate from German)
http://app.wiwo.de/technologie/green/fa ... tml?mwl=ok
Smartflower in the news again:
http://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle ... lar-panel/

"... able to generate 40 percent more energy than traditional solar models..." 8)

"Deliveries to the United States are scheduled to start mid-April, but 1,000 units are already operating across Europe..."

About $12K US...
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Apr 14, 2017 6:05 pm

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Solar energy has plunged in price—where does it go from here?
("A look forward to how we get to Terawatts of solar power capacity."):
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In the year 2000, the entire world had roughly four Gigawatts of solar power capacity installed, and it didn't seem to be going anywhere fast. In 2002, the International Energy Agency forecast suggested that, by 2020, global solar capacity would still be hovering at around 10GW and still barely register on the global energy markets.

How things change. Over the 15 years that followed, solar energy capacity expanded by 5,700 percent, reaching 227GW. The International Energy Agency revised its solar estimates upwards three times over that span, but its most recent estimate—over 400GW of installed capacity by 2020—is already falling behind the curve of solar's growth. In 2015, the most recent year that numbers are available, 57 Gigawatts' worth of solar panels were shipped. That's enough to add 400GW of new capacity in seven years, under the completely unrealistic assumption that our manufacturing capacity won't expand in the mean time.
(This ES thread started in May, 2011...)
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Apr 16, 2017 8:56 pm

Here's a blast from the past maybe... In the Zappy site forum, user Lawrence Rhodes starts a thread "Solar trike project.":
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/zap ... IzOTA2NTA-

... watt starts:
Hello all,

As some of you might know I have been obsessed with solar vehicles for a few years. After the success of Team Einhoven for many years I have a project which is 1/4 the size of their machine and for me a good place to start economically while doable physically.
... and ends:
I need an efficient 2000 watt drive train. I'm leaning toward a hub motor. I need good BMS and charger and maybe an inverter or some way of putting power to the batteries without burning them up if I go old school bad boy. Thanks for any advice. Lawrence Rhodes
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Re: How to Solar Charge an Electric Bicycle

Post by LockH » Apr 26, 2017 5:58 pm

Dear Ebiking Dude,

Inspired by the success of the Solar Energy MOOC, I am happy and proud to announce that the first course, PV1x Energy Conversion, in the new MicroMasters in Solar Energy Engineering is now online! We will offer the content of this 1-year online program, consisting of five Master level courses, for free!

In this MicroMasters we will thoroughly and in-depth discuss all topics introduced in the Solar Energy MOOC. In addition, we will discuss the integration of the solar electricity in our future electricity grids.

In addition, this MicroMasters program is designed to be career oriented. Its aim is to equip you with in-depth knowledge and engineering skills that will help you to start or further your career in the solar energy sector.

But there is more than that! If you opt for the ID verified certificate for all courses, you will be able to earn credits for 2 MSc tracks at TU Delft: Sustainable Energy Technologies and Electrical Power Engineering, in case you decide to pursue your Master’s degree at our university.

Don’t miss it! Join the Solar Energy revolution!

Arno Smets
Go to Course
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ES changed my life (for the waaaaay better).

Eff. June, 2014 Phoenix Ebike Promotions

(Current ride? High speed lawn chair.)
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Phoenix Ebike Promotions conversion kit (work in progress. More drink holders, etc etc)
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