toyota: solar charging stations
 
toyota: solar charging stations toyota: solar charging stations
mar 02, 2010

toyota: solar charging stations

solar powered charging station

toyota industries corporation will be implementing electric vehicle charging stations for plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles. the city of toyota in aichi prefecture, japan has adopted this plan and ordered the construction of 21 charging stations around its local area such as in parking lots of the city hall and its branch offices. the stations will be equipped with solar panels that will collect the sun’s energy and recharge electric vehicles. stored energy will also be used in case of power failures during emergencies. meanwhile, surplus power will go towards adjoining facilities or sold to a utility company.

this solar photovoltaic system will supply 100/200V of electricity and feature a connection to mobile networks and LAN in order to send authentication information of users to the data center. the stations themselves are planned to be operating from april 2010 onwards.

charging equipment

battery charger to be mounted on vehicle

via japan for sustainability

  • Wonderful idea, hoping this can spread around the world to help with the Global Warming cause..

    Ajihard says:
  • A good idea, to be sure, but we need to be realistic about this. That small group of solar panels almost certainly cannot supply a full charge of electricity to three cars. Certainly, they will assist in the recharge, and when no cars are charging, they will offset other grid power sources.
    This set of panels, though, could be mounted anywhere else, at a better angle to the sun (trackers), hooked into the grid, and contribute with great er efficiency, than the way they are presented here.
    This is, first and foremost, about the perception of “being green” – like a hybrid supercar that consumes as much clean energy as a bus. Clean? Sure. Green? Kinda.

    Dan says:

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