Toyota Wants To Make A Solar-powered Car That Never Stops

Toyota Wants To Make A Solar-Powered Car That Never Stops

We have petroleum-based high performing cars. We also have some impressive electric-powered cars. But, what about solar-powered cars? Is there any manufacturer interested to dive deeper on it?

While Tesla is busy working on new long-lasting batteries for cheaper costs and breaking track records, Toyota is trying to figure out a way to make solar-powered cars run for an exceptionally long time period (like, forever).

Toyota Testing Solar Prius In Quest For Car You'll Never Need To Plug In

Toyota testing solar Prius in quest for car you'll never need to plug in

TOKYO — Inspired by new ultra-thin solar panels developed for satellites, a project led by Toyota is experimenting with a sun-powered Prius that it hopes will one day require no plugging in. In the Japanese government-funded demonstration project, Toyota engineers fitted solar panels designed by Sharp Corp to the hood, roof, rear window and spoiler to see how much juice the sun can generate. The electricity from the panels goes directly to the drive battery, so the Prius can charge while moving or when parked. On a good day, the charge can be sufficient for up to 35 miles of travel, more than the 29 miles driven a day by the average American, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. But the performance drops off quickly if it is cloudy or even when it's too hot out. If used in real-world driving in those conditions, the Prius would have to be plugged in to recharge. Toyota has experimented with solar panels on the Prius for years, but these new solar cells are super-slim — just 0.03 millimeters — making them malleable enough to form-fit to the body of a car. The engineers needed to create a buffer between the car and the cells to protect them, so the actual solar panel modules are closer to a centimeter thick. The trunk of the car is filled with batteries for the solar panels, adding extra weight of around 180 pounds. Making the entire package lighter and bringing down the extremely high costs are among the biggest challenges for the technology, said Satoshi Shizuka, Toyota's lead engineer on the project, adding that commercialization likely remained "years away".

Fire Breaks Out At Floating Solar Plant In Japan

Fire breaks out at floating solar plant in Japan

Firefighters are struggling to contain a fire at Japan's largest floating solar power plant, near Tokyo.

Black smoke began billowing from solar panels on the surface of the water at Yamakura Dam in Chiba Prefecture on Monday afternoon.

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.