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Your Car Powered by Solar Green Energy Source

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									You Can Build Your Car Powered by Solar, a Green Energy Source

All cars are powered by gas. But with the volatility of crude oil prices
and because it is not a renewable, something must be done before it is
too late. Given that solar energy, a green energy source is used to power
a community, you can also do this on a small scale by using the same
principles to build your own car.

But what do you need to make this work? A lot of things but the two most
important are the solar array and the batteries.

The solar array is vital because this is what’s used to collect the sun’s
rays and then converts this into electrical energy. There are two types
to choose from in the market namely the prefabricated type and the
individual kind which you set up yourself.

If you are looking for branded parts, check out either Siemens or ASE
Americas that sell terrestrial grade cells and the space grade cells. The
lower end model which can produce a significant amount of power is the
terrestrial grade version.

Proper wiring must be done to make sure that if one of the panels is not
working, your vehicle will still move. If you are worried that the
voltage of the solar array should match the system voltage of your motor,
you should not to worry because it will still run.

We mentioned earlier that the battery is also important because this is
where the solar energy will be stored. Your options for this are lead
acid, lithium-ion or nickel-cadmium. Just how many you need to buy will
depend on your motor’s voltage.

When you finally have these two components, these will now have to be
connected to the motor. So you know how much juice is left in your
batteries, you will also need to install instrumentation similar to the
heads up display console on regular cars which tells you your speed,
mileage and gas.

Don’t forget to put a steering wheel, suspension, brakes, tires and hubs.
You may not be able to make a car that have the same features as like
what you see done by one of the three US automakers but just enough to be
able to drive it from one place to the next.

The only cars that use solar energy so far are the ones only used in
races especially the one held in Australia from travels from the northern
part of the country all the way to the south. If this has helped people
realize that renewable energy is really the key to the future, the big
automakers should try tapping this technology instead of relying of still
relying on gasoline.

But apart from solar energy as a green energy   source, biodiesel is
another alternative. This is a combination of   alcohol like methanol and a
chemical process that separates glycerine and   methyl esters (biodiesel)
from fats or vegetable oils. This can also be   done using corn and
sugarcane.
Although these are not renewable, these are still considered as a green
energy sources because it is cleaner than conventional gasoline. This
means you do not release harmful chemicals such as carbon monoxide into
the air which causes damage to the environment. So if you can’t build a
solar powered car, consider a different fuel alternative.

								
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