Toyota Testing An Electric Car With A Solar Roof That Can Charge Itself

Toyota Testing An Electric Car With A Solar Roof That Can Charge Itself

The problem with electric cars is that they usually take a while to charge. Even fast charging still cannot compare to the speed it takes to refill a car with gas. We imagine that eventually there could be a point in time when we get used to charging times or when charging times drop, but until then, it seems that Toyota is exploring a new electric car concept.

As you can see in the photo above, Toyota is experimenting with a new electric car concept that comes with solar panels built into the roof, bonnet, and boot of the car. What this means is that as the car drives, the solar panels will be capable of drawing power from the sun, which in turn keeps the car’s battery charged.

Japanese Team Develops Paint That Creates Heat From Solar Light

Japanese team develops paint that creates heat from solar light

OSAKA--An Osaka Institute of Technology research team developed a paint that produces heat from solar light, enabling remote places to be heated with surgical precision without using electricity or gas.

The team, headed by Shuji Fujii, a professor at the university, and Tomoyasu Hirai, an associate professor there, who both who specialize in polymer material, expect it can be applied for cooking on spacecraft, using the paint to absorb light that exists in space.

Partial Solar Eclipse Observed In Japan

Partial solar eclipse observed in Japan

Sky watchers across Japan have enjoyed the first partial solar eclipse over the country in three years.

The sun was partially concealed by the moon on Sunday morning. It was the first such eclipse observable in Japan since March in 2016.

Nissan Launches A Solar Energy Package Of Its Own

Nissan Launches A Solar Energy Package Of Its Own


Nissan has been a player in the electric car market for a long time and now after launching its revamped Leaf electric car, the company has decided to offer an all-in-one solar energy storage solution much like the one Tesla offers in the United States. The solution will be backed by Nissan’s xStorage home battery as part of the Nissan Energy Solar home energy scheme.

Tesla has long been selling its Powerwall batteries for home energy storage solutions and has recently been selling photovoltaic panels as well to provide a one-stop solution for those looking to switch their homes to solar energy.

Nissan Has Announced The Launch Of Nissan Energy Solar, A Company That Will Provide Solar Panels And Energy Storage Systems In Uk

Nissan has announced the launch of Nissan Energy Solar, a company that will provide solar panels and energy storage systems in UKNissan has just announced the launch of Nissan Energy Solar, a company that will provide solar panels and energy storage systems to UK homeowners.

Seemingly taking a leaf out of Tesla's playbook, Nissan Energy Solar will offer customers a solar setup with six panels and optional ‘xStorageHome' batteries that can store surplus electricity for later use. For example, the energy in the batteries could be during the night or on overcast days.

Casio Announces New G-shock Rangeman With World's First Solar-assisted Gps Navigation

Casio Announces New G-SHOCK RANGEMAN with World's First Solar-Assisted GPS Navigation - Fareastgizmos
Casio's latest addition to its RANGEMAN series of watches, the new GPR-B1000 features world's first solar-assisted GPS navigation. The new model will be available in two models. The RANGEMAN is part of the Master of G series of watches designed for use in the most extreme conditions. RANGEMAN watches incorporate Triple Sensor to measure compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature, based on the concept of Survival Toughness.

New Nissan Leaf Owners In Japan Offered Free Installation Of Solar Panels For Their Homes

New Nissan LEAF owners in Japan offered free installation of solar panels for their homes - FareastgizmosOwners of the new Nissan LEAF in Japan are offered free installation of solar panels for their homes if they sign up for an electricity retail plan offered by Ecosystem Japan. The offer is part of a joint campaign by Nissan and Ecosystem Japan. It aims to promote the use of clean energy to power the 100% electric Nissan LEAF. Unveiled in September 2017, the new, zero-emission Nissan LEAF offers powerful acceleration, agile handling and advanced technologies such as Nissan's ProPILOT autonomous driving technology.

Sharp Releases Movable Solar-powered Charging Stand

Sharp Releases Movable Solar-powered Charging Stand

Sharp Corp released a movable solar-powered charging stand that uses the company's "Blacksolar" high-efficiency solar panel and can charge smartphones, mobile phones, etc Dec 6, 2017.

The charging stand can charge devices at the time of disaster and can be easily set up at sightseeing spots, event sites, commercial facilities and so forth. The manufacturer's suggested retail price of the stand is ¥980,000 (approx US$8,673, excluding tax). It is made to order, and Sharp aims to sell 1,000 units per year.

Solar Frontier Sets Efficiency Record With Thin-film Pv Cell

Solar Frontier Sets Efficiency Record With Thin-film PV Cell

Solar Frontier KK (Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) announced Dec 20, 2017, that it has achieved a conversion efficiency of 22.9% with a CIS-based thin-film solar cell in a joint research with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO, national research and development agency).

The cell measures about 1cm2. The efficiency of 22.9% is the world's highest conversion efficiency of thin-film solar cell, according to Solar Frontier. The efficiency was confirmed at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in November 2017.

Toshiba To Release 'low-reflection' Residential Solar Panel

Toshiba to Release 'Low-reflection' Residential Solar Panel

Toshiba Corp will release a new product of the "GX Series" high-efficiency, low-priced residential solar panel Nov 20, 2017.

The new product, "TGX-280PM-WHT-J," has a nominal maximum output of 280W. The manufacturer's suggested retail price of the product is ¥126,800 (approx US$1,121, excluding tax).

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Glistens Under Total Solar Eclipse

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Glistens Under Total Solar Eclipse

Mitsubishi has fulfilled its promise of snapping a picture of the Eclipse Cross under the total solar eclipse enjoyed by residents in North America.

The Japanese automaker gathered social media influences from 10 different countries to a location just outside of Salem, Oregon to enjoy the eclipse in its rare path of totality. The finished result is pretty cool (pictured below) and understandably, will be used to help market the sleek crossover.

Nissan Adds Three New Pickup Truck Models To Popular "midnight Edition

Nissan adds three new pickup truck models to popular "Midnight Edition" lineup – announcement comes during total solar eclipseNASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the midday sky went dark over Middle Tennessee today during the total solar eclipse, Nissan rolled out three new additions to its popular and hot selling portfolio of custom Midnight Edition models: TITAN, TITAN XD and Frontier Midnight Editions. Nissan's Midnight Editions sell on average two times faster than standard models. The Midnight Edition lineup also includes the Altima, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue and Sentra.