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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.