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.

EPORO robot under Solar Tree --
Nissan also introduced the latest version of its EPORO robot car, equipped with a wireless power system.

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

CEATEC Japan

[via PinkTentacle]

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