Solar Modules Provide 'Fuel' for Electric-Powered Cars and Bikes in Germany

The energy used to 'fill the tanks' comes from 248 high-efficiency 215-watt Kyocera solar modules which produce an output of 53.32kW.

Kyocera Corp. announced on Sept. 9 that it has supplied its high-performance solar modules for a carport roofing installation in southern Germany which provides power for a charging station for electric cars and bikes. The system was designed and installed by BLU"e" Solar Group GmbH.

Electric-powered automobiles and bicycles are becoming increasingly popular in Germany, resulting in an growing need for charging stations to meet increased use. The energy used to 'fill the tanks' comes from 248 high-efficiency 215-watt Kyocera solar modules which produce an output of 53.32kW. Charging is free of charge to the public

Kyocera modules are the first in the world to have passed the Long-Term Sequential Test performed by TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd., according to the company.

In Japan, the company Kyocera introduced the Solar Cycle Station for charging electric bicycles; as well as the Eco-Shell co-developed with Sekisui Jushi Corp. -- a multi-purpose solar-powered shelter for use in public places where shelters provide cover against the sun and rain such as bus & taxi stops, benches and walkway coverings.

In the U.S. the company's solar modules also produce power while providing shade for cars at the Solar Grove in San Diego.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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