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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

Solar Panel and the Volt

By Paulina Kruse

Volt

Is this possible?


Chevy volt

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

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

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

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

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


Solar panel and the volt

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

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


Questions

Questions?


Sources

Sources

  • http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car/#mastheadLB

  • 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


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