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Solar Panel and the Volt. By Paulina Kruse. Volt. Is this possible?. Chevy Volt. Electric plug in car 1 full charge = 35 miles Up to100 mph With full tank of gas 375 miles Lowest price is \$39,145 Tax rebate ranges from \$0- \$7,500 In Colorado, it is \$6,500. Battery.

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Solar Panel and the Volt

By Paulina Kruse

Volt

Is this possible?

Chevy Volt

• Electric plug in car

• 1 full charge = 35 miles

• Up to100 mph

• With full tank of gas

• 375 miles

• Lowest price is \$39,145

• Tax rebate ranges from \$0- \$7,500

• In Colorado, it is \$6,500

Battery

• Charging in a household plug takes 10 hours

• Charging with a charge station takes 4 hours

• Installation at a home costs \$300- \$1,900

• Estimated full battery costs \$1.50 per day

How solar panel works

Solar Panel Efficiency

Solar Panels convert

11-15% of Light Energy

To electricity. For our

Calculation we’ll use

12% Efficiency.

Estimating Solar Panel output

• Not consistent

• Area

• Climate

• Season

• Different type of panels

• U.S. potential solar energy map

• http://energy.gov/maps/solar-energy-potential

What is a kWh?

• Watt-

• Unit of power - Joule/Second

• Kilo watt hour

• A unit of energy

• 3,600,000 Joules = 60 sec/min*60 min/hour * 1000

• U.S. Solar output map in kWh

How much area of solar panels using current technology would it take to produce enough electricity to drive a GM Volt 70 miles a day?

• Denver gets 6 kWh/m²/day

• Volt battery holds 12.8 kWh of energy

• Range of Volt fully charged is 35 miles

• Energy needed to go 70 miles is 2*12.8 kWh = 25 .6 kWh

• Solar Panel Area Needed is:

• Total Energy = Light Energy * Area of Panel * Efficiency of Panel

25.6 kWh = 6 kWh/m2 * X Meter2 * .12

• X = 35.5 sq Meters of Solar Panel

• Roughly 20 feet by 20 feet.

General Costs

Volt = \$40,000

Charging station=

\$300 to \$2,000

Time= 4 hour

charge

Solar panel

= ?

1 sunny day

Volt = 40,000

Time= 10 hour

charge

Solar panel = ?

1 sunny day

Sources

• http://energy.gov/maps/solar-energy-potential

• http://www.nrel.gov/gis/data_solar.html

• http://www.energy4living.hottipsonly.com/how-does-a-solar-panel-work-the-simple-guide.html