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How does a solar vehicle work?Hi i'm researching about alternative fuels for vehicles...

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shfo369 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM via web

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How does a solar vehicle work?

Hi i'm researching about alternative fuels for vehicles in the future.

Currently, i need information based on chemistry of how solar energy powers the car. It needs to focus on chemistry..

Could you please explain how solar powered cars work?

And also if you have any suggestions of possible future fuels, feel free to tell me.

Thank you

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lalithareddy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 27, 2011 at 4:49 PM (Answer #1)

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Like other solar-powered devices, a solar car gets its power directly from the sun. Solar energy radiates from the sun and is collected by a solar panel mounted on the vehicle. The solar power can be directed to the motor or may be stored in a battery, depending on the design of the car. Individual solar cells or one larger solar panel can be mounted on the vehicle. When sunlight hits the solar panels, photons (or light particles) push on the electrons inside the panel, and the electrons are moved from one layer of solar cells to another. The movement between layers of solar cells creates an electrical current across the metal of the solar cells. Most solar-power cars use silicon solar cel

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  • The key component in a solar car is the photovoltaic array, which converts solar power into electricity. The electric energy goes directly to the motor when the car is being driven. However, a battery stores solar power in the form of chemical energy when the motor is turned off. Power to the motor is managed by motor controllers. An accelerator tells the motor controllers how fast the motor should rotate. Most solar cars have a small motor constructed of strong magnets. Japanese solar power cars have designs that include a natural magnet and an electromagnet inside of the motor, thus converting solar power into electromagnetic power. It is not necessary to manually shift gears in a solar-powered car, as the electronic motor handles all transmission automatically, and power trackers are installed to adjust solar power voltage to the motor's voltage requirements.


Read more: How Does a Solar Car Work? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4744785_solar-car-work.html#ixzz1ZERakSCa
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tylak | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:53 PM (Answer #2)

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with solar power.you have to remember this fact first,then see the lathareddy's answer

 

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tylak | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:59 PM (Answer #3)

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with solar power.you have to remember this fact first,then see the lathareddy's answer

 

 

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