Solar Power and Public Transport 

Adelaide, Australia is currently leading the way with solar powered public transport and solar panel installation.

Harnessing solar energy has seen the unleashing of an array of products, ranging from solar panels, solar bulbs, solar blankets for pools, solar bulova watches, among many more. The solar bus is probably not only the latest addition, but it could also be the most profound.

Imagine a time where all cars, buses and public transport in Adelaide was solar powered!

What is a solar bus?

A solar bus is exclusively powered by solar energy. Solar buses not only use the sun’s energy to power electrical equipment, but also for propulsion. They provide a great option for ‘green transport’. These buses are already in use in some parts of the world, we are not talking about a concept that is being developed.

Australia

The Australian solar bus is referred to as the “Tindo”, meaning “sun”. It has been operating in Adelaide since 2007. It can be said to be the world’s first solar-powered bus, since it entirely uses the sun’s energy. It can carry up to 40 people, with 25 of them being seated.

The bus has a regenerative braking system, air conditioning and is not equipped with solar panels. Its power source is a photovoltaic system situated at the central bus station at Adelaide.

The Tindo Electric Bus

Let us delve into the world’s number one solar bus. This bus is the most outstanding among other solar buses, since it is entirely powered by solar power. Better still, the service is absolutely free of charge. The bus is part of the free Adelaide Connector Bus service, which is run by the City Council.

There are no solar panels installed at the top of the bus. The vehicle receives electric power from solar panels located at the central bus station in the city. The buses also offer free WiFi for the passengers.Solar panels Adelaide

Interestingly, Adelaide residents are very keen on going green as shown by their use of hybrid cars, electric cars, carpool, or biking to work. The Tindo was commissioned by the Council as part of the going green initiative.

It has no combustion engine, thus does not produce any emissions. The regenerative braking system saves 30% on energy consumption. In its first year, the Tindo saved over 14,000 litres of diesel and more than 70,000 kg of carbon emission. The bus has a solar photovoltaic charging system which enables the vehicle to go for even 200 km between recharges.

Solar buses have shown that it is possible to go green and reduce fuel consumption as well as carbon emissions. The Tindo takes the crown, since it uses 100% solar energy. Other solar buses around the world have also been launched, though they are hybrid. Solar buses are an indication of the future in solar powered public transport.

China

China’s hybrid buses began operating in 2012. The engines are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are powered by solar panels on the roof of the bus. Each bus consumes 0.6 to 0.7 kilowatt-hours for every kilometre. It can transport up to 100 people. Using solar panels prolongs the ion batteries’ life by 35%.

Europe

In Austria and Germany, the solar bus has been on trial operation since 2011. It was developed by Glamorgan University and is powered by solar cells, ultracapacitors, hydrogen fuel, and batteries.

India

In India, plans are underway to introduce solar buses in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Pune.

Now you have no excuse! If there is solar transport here in Adelaide, do you have solar for your house? Check out the great team at Solar Energy Adelaide for more on how to make your home more sustainable.

Cleaning Solar Panel for Better Performance

So it has been a while since your solar panels were installed, now its time to think about the necessary cleaning to help it perform at its best.

It is possible for you to clean the solar panel by yourself or you can get the help of the professionals for cleaning the solar panel. Cleaning the solar panel is similar to cleaning of the windshield of your car as it also comes with glass coating that protects the solar cells.

Over time dust, pollution and bird droppings can accumulate on the panels surface preventing sunlight from reaching the cells.  Dust and dirt is a huge contributor in the functionality and efficiency of the solar panels so it is important that this is addressed.

We have collated a number of ways that you can easily clean your solar panels. Here are some methods:

Cleaning Yourself

It is possible for you to clean the solar panel by yourself very easily. You can clean it in a similar fashion as how you would clean your car. Make sure that you use some warm water and dishwashing soap for removing the dirt that is accumulated in the glasses of the solar panel.

Make sure you clean the solar power pipe fittings as well while you’re at it!

Using Solar Panel Cleaning Services

If you are time poor or cannot physically fulfil this task, then you can get the help of a professional, solar panel cleaning service so they can clean and assess the amount of electricity produced. You should ask your local electrician before attempting to clean any electrical outlets.

Usage of Nano Cleaning

You can make use of nano products for cleaning the solar panel so that the frequency of cleaning can be reduced to a substantial level. It is possible for the individuals to make use of such kind of the cleaning process so that they can really get amazing and good results.

If you are in an area where there is frequent rain, then the usage of nano product can make it possible for you to entitle the job of cleaning the solar panel to the rain. If you are in an area where there is less rain, then it is possible for you to make use of air hose or garden hose so that you can clean the solar panel well and in good way.

Using Cleaning Robot

It is possible for you to make use of the robots for cleaning the solar panels. These are the robots that are really better for getting the finest kind of services. You can get the robot from a good brand so that you can get the solar panel to be cleaned.

Usage of Automated Self Cleaning Technology

In the case of the public or commercial sites, it is possible for you to make use of the technology that performs self cleaning automatically.

For more information on solar panel maintenance, check out this helpful article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_panel#Solar_panel_maintenance