Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shining Light on Sun's Power

Solar boat shines light on sun's power
July 2, 2013 - Gerard D'Aboville is an experienced navigator -- he's rowed alone across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He's accustomed to monitoring the wind and the current.

But as the captain of the Turanor PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar-powered boat, he's had to factor in something else: the sun. And he marvels at its power.

"I can feel it some days," D'Aboville said on a recent overcast day, while the solar ship was docked in Boston Harbor. "It's a lot of energy."

Even with the fog rolling in off the water, hiding the tops of Boston's tallest buildings, the ship's 30,000 photovoltaic cells were busy taking in the rays.

"Today we are producing some electricity but we could produce four or five times more if it was sunny," D'Aboville told CBSNews.com, pointing to a monitor on his dashboard that indicated the kilowatts per hour generated by the boat's shiny black sundeck. read more>>>

New Solar Car Has Sleek, Asymmetrical Design
June 19, 2013 — The lopsided solar car named Generation, unveiled today, might be the oddest-looking vehicle the top-ranked University of Michigan team has ever built. But the bold shape is a calculated effort to design the most efficient car possible, given major changes in World Solar Challenge race rules.

The World Solar Challenge is an 1,800-mile, week-long endurance contest across the continent of Australia that takes place every other fall. read more>>>


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