Wednesday, 24 August 2011 11:43

Press Release

Thursday 29 September 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Click here to watch the Reuters 1,5-minute news video report about Solar Rickshaw



Artist/innovator Thomas Lundy is delighted to introduce the world’s first semi-solar powered rickshaw, or 'bike taxi' (retaining a part of the Japanese invention of a human powered vehicle, namely cycling.)

Three flexible solar films fitted on the rickshaw’s roof capture sun rays (in all weather types, though the higher the outside temperature and clearer the sky, the more energy is generated), which are then converted into electricity by way of a solar inverter, specially adjusted to the rickshaw’s high-tech Lithium ion Polymer (LiPo) battery (Update: as of June 2015, Lithium Manganese battery.) The solar inverter then feeds electricity into the LiPo battery during daylight, granting the rickshaw chauffeur increased time to carry out more rides and augment her or his earnings. Solar-generated energy can also be stored by way of an electrolyzer* for use in the darkness of night.

This is merely the beginning. Now Lundy will toil to enhance this solar component’s efficiency. The key in this project is developing new electric motor types coupled up with high-efficiency photovoltaic cells specially designed for rickshaws with a solar slant, with a vision to combine it with nanotechnology. In today’s turbulent times of environmental woes, the solar rickshaw is an ideal solution for sustainable and eco-friendly transport.

The future is solar, the future is now!

On Thursday 13 October 2011 I was filmed and interviewed regarding my Solar Rickshaw innovation by The report was featured on Reuters between October 17th and 27th 2011(even though the report is now off the main news page of Reuters, this link remains in effect; click here to watch it. All other reports with links will be posted on this site on the Publicity icon on the home page.

*An electrolyzer has not yet been installed on Solar Rickshaw, as the current level of solar power generated does not warrant it, and Solar Rickshaw's chauffeur does not drive at night anyway (except for special event bookings.) However, this is how it works: solar-generated electricity splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, which are stored; when it's too dark for solar power, the stored elements are recombined in a fuel cell, generating electricity (see National Geographic, September 2009, page 50.)

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