Sanyo, which recently introduced some new models of its Eneloop electric-assist bicycle, now has two outdoor locations in Japan where riders can park their bikes and get a battery charge from solar energy. These two new solar parking lots are being showcased as examples of future community lots where one can come to make use of a fully charged pedal ride.
These lots, installed in the city of Setagaya at Keio Line Sakurajosui Station and Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line Sakurashinmachi Station, each contain solar panels on the roof used to “generate sufficient power to recharge the batteries of a total of 100 ‘eneloop bike’ units and illuminate the LED parking lot lights. Sanyo says that by combing these solar panels with the lithium ion battery systems found at each station, it allows for “recharging the electric hybrid bicycles without any commercial power source, even at night or on a rainy day.” These large battery systems also sport “AC power outlets that can be used to power external equipment during an emergency” and a DC charger to enable “photovoltaic energy generated and stored in DC (direct current) to be used directly and effectively without AC (alternative current) conversion.”
The company said it is presenting this system as “a system that efficiently stores power generated by a low CO2-emitting power generation system, such as a photovoltaic system, and does control so that the stored power is supplied to equipment in the most efficient way.”
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