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14 October

“Change To Solar, It Is The Energy of The Future!” Cheered by Jane Lindsay

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Solar is the energy of the future! Solar energy world is represented by people of all age groups, gender, and socioeconomic background. Just a quick post and video to share with you the joy and  heart warming story of Jane Lindsay, a 50-year-old Registered Homeopath whose wish for her 50th birthday was to be able to drive a solar car. Below, in the video, you’re able to see Jane after her return from the World Solar Challenge 2013 at Hindmarsh Square of Adelaide, Australia, as the Solar Car Driver for ARROW1 of Team Arrow

ARROW1 of Team Arrow of QUT (Queensland University of Technology) (Australia)(credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)



of QUT (Queensland University of Technology) . You are also welcomed to click on the red link Jane Lindsay above to find out more of Jane’s other hopes and dreams. More topics from World Solar Challenge 2013 will surface. Please get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

 

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8 May

From Global Solar Summit To Autopilot Solar Cars?

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 162 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go! Thank you.

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Global Solar Summit at Milan, Italy, is going on right now! May 8-9, 2013, at Rho Exhibition & Conference Center at Milan, Italy. General Information. Program. Speakers. Registration. Sponsorship Opportunities. Sponsors. Partners. Endorsements. Press. Contacts.

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To my fellow solar enthusiasts who are able to attend the Global Solar Summit 2013, wishing you all a terrific time in the beautiful Milan! I am not able to attend in the last minute due to my mother’s driving and health. She is a spunky lady who treasures her sense of independence and autonomy…but the aging process is stealthily catching up…her reflex is not what it used to be. So after her most recent auto incident, she was quite shaken up and may take a few weeks to recover. Since I will not be able to attend this historic/first Global Solar Summit, I will appreciate any photos or videos or recordings of interviews any of you may be able to share via sunisthefuture@gmail.com. Thank you.

I am also ecstatic to find out that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is talking to Google about adding driverless technology to its electric cars (according to Bloomberg). Elon Musk said technologies that can take over for drivers are a logical step in the evolution of cars. “I like the word autopilot more than I like the word self-driving,” Musk said in an interview. “Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” Let’s go on a test drive with this driverless/autopilot vehicle, below:

Google is test driving the driverless car in CA, FL, and NV.

Google’s approach builds on a push for the driverless-car technology long pursued by the U.S. military’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which held vehicle competitions for carmakers and research labs. Anthony Levandowski, product manager for Google’s self-driving car project, has said the company expects to release the technology within five years.

“The problem with Google’s current approach is that the sensor system is too expensive,” Musk said. “It’s better to have an optical system, basically cameras with software that is able to figure out what’s going on just by looking at things.”

I have no doubt that Elon Musk and his team will figure out a way to bring down the cost for driverless/autopilot car in the future. I would also like to add: Mr. Musk, might you try to find a way to put some solar cells on top of these autopilot/driverless vehicles? I would be in cloud nine if autopilot solar cars will be commercially available within the next five years. What a wonderful world this would be !

~have a bright and sunny day~

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13 April

Hear! Hear! Time For Solar Vehicles To Shine, With The Help From President Obama’s “Energy Security Trust”

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I am very pleased to find out about President Obama’s effort in creating the “Energy Security Trust” in a unique way. In one of his weekly addresses (this one took place on March 16, 2013, in Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL

Argonne National Laboratory, aerial view, creative commons

), he discussed the need to harness American energy in order to reduce our dependence on oil and make the United States a magnet for new jobs. He highlights his all-of-the-above approach to American energy, including a proposal to establish an Energy Security Trust, which invests in research in new technologies that will help shift our cars and trucks off of oil. This trust would be funded by royalties from oil and gas operations on federal lands and in the Gulf of  Mexico. Below, is a clip of President Obama’s weekly address on this particular topic:

Based on the fact that Sun Is The Future graced the cover of slashdot.org when we covered solar car race, I trust that you’ve enjoyed our  World Solar Challenge and American Solar Challenge coverage in the past. To jostle your memory, recall these links:

  1. some of our World Solar Challenge of 2011 coverage:  Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 Open Ceremony, Quantum of Univ of MI at WSC2011, Interview of Chris Selwood of WSC2011, Arrival of Nuna 6- Netherland at WSC2011, Arrival of Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team’s BO GT (Germany),
  2. some of our American Solar Challenge of 2012 coverage: Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (1 of 2 ), (2 of 2 ).
  3. Solar Car Is The Car of the Future: Which Is Better: Solar Powered EV or Biofuel Powered Car ?

So, students, researchers, scientists, and engineers in solar industry, let’s work toward a future for more cost effective Solar Cars ! For a taste of what future solar cars might look like….

Take a look at an example of Solar Car (Iowa State University’s Hyperion during ASC2012, photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Oregon State University’s solar car at American Solar Challenge 2012 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker) 

University of MN’s solar car of American Solar Challenge 2012 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

A look of the German Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team BO GT of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

Tafe SA’s Solar Spirit of Australia during World Solar Challenge 2011(photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 January

Which Is Better: Solar Powered EV or Biofuel Powered Car ?

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Before continuing on the next part of our series on solar vehicles, I just want to quickly share an article/paper, responding to a question asked by a professor at the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Professor Roland Geyer‘s,

“The energy source for biofuels is the sun, through photosynthesis. The energy source for solar power is also the sun. Which is better?”

Environ Sci Technol. 2013 Jan 15;47(2):1170-6. doi: 10.1021/es302959h. Epub 2013 Jan 3.

Spatially-Explicit Life Cycle Assessment of Sun-to-Wheels Transportation Pathways in the U.S.

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Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California , Santa Barbara, California 93106-5131, United States.

Abstract

Growth in biofuel production, which is meant to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fossil energy demand, is increasingly seen as a threat to food supply and natural habitats. Using photovoltaics (PV) to directly convert solar radiation into electricity for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is an alternative to photosynthesis, which suffers from a very low energy conversion efficiency. Assessments need to be spatially explicit, since solar insolation and crop yields vary widely between locations. This paper therefore compares direct land use, life cycle GHG emissions and fossil fuel requirements of five different sun-to-wheels conversion pathways for every county in the contiguous U.S.: Ethanol from corn or switchgrass for internal combustion vehicles (ICVs), electricity from corn or switchgrass for BEVs, and PV electricity for BEVs. Even the most land-use efficient biomass-based pathway (i.e., switchgrass bioelectricity in U.S. counties with hypothetical crop yields of over 24 tonnes/ha) requires 29 times more land than the PV-based alternative in the same locations. PV BEV systems also have the lowest life cycle GHG emissions throughout the U.S. and the lowest fossil fuel inputs, except for locations with hypothetical switchgrass yields of 16 or more tonnes/ha. Including indirect land use effects further strengthens the case for PV.

The paper shows that PV cells are far more efficient than biofuels at powering a vehicle by energy from the sun.

What it says to me is that by continuing to throw money into biofuels, we’re barking up the wrong tree. That’s because of a fundamental constraint, which is the relative inefficiency of photosynthesis. And we can’t say that right now biofuels aren’t so great but they’ll be better in five years. That fundamental problem for biofuels will not go away, while solar EVs will just continue to get more efficient and cheaper. If they’re already looking better than biofuels, in five years the gap will be even greater. A search for a silver bullet is under way through synthetic photosynthesis, but using genetic engineering to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis is a pipe dream. If there is a silver bullet in energy, I think it’s solar power.”

At this moment, please allow me to reshare the video below, the SolarWorld GT Team of Bochum (Germany) University of Applied Sciences, is the first solar-powered vehicle that has circumnavigated the world, started the trip  in 2012 from Australia, after the World Solar Challenge:

~have a bright and sunny day~

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