Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Electric Bike Solar Charger

Bosch makes thin-film solar modules. They also make e-bikes. At Los Angeles’ Solar Power Expo at the end of this month, they’ll present a concept we hope will not remain a concept long: an integrated solar bike shelter designed to provide power to an e-bike equipped with a new type of drive system, designed to run on power from the sun.

These e-bikes help to iron out the hills on your commute, courtesy of electric assist. The company sees a future where that helpful electric kick comes via their UL 1703-certified, thin-film Bosch Solar Module µm-Si plus NA1110 modules–apparently mounted to a combo home bike shelter/charging station, as pictured–which can fully charge the bike’s eight ampere-hour lithium-ion battery in two and a half hours.

Bosch goes on to note that their thin-film modules don’t just work in southern California, either. These modules offer “impressively high yields even at sub-optimal levels of sunlight” making them ideal for “the less sun-kissed regions of the world.”


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