Towering Solar Tree Offers Wireless Charging For EVs
Nissan has unveiled an interesting concept model of a solar-powered charging station.
At the recently concluded CEATEC Japan 2010 trade show in Chiba, Nissan unveiled a concept model of a solar-powered wireless charging station for electric vehicles called the “Solar Tree.”
Standing at a towering 12 meters (39 feet), the tree-like charging station is equipped with three translucent round solar panels that follow the sun as it moves across the sky throughout the day, along with a clover leaf-shaped wireless charging pad that can recharge batteries from a short distance, without the use of cables or plugs
The solar tree has an expected conversion efficiency of 30%, allowing it to generate 20 kilowatts of power.
Nissan estimates that a forest of one thousand solar trees could provide electricity for about 7,000 households. The Solar Tree is expected to be commercially available by 2030