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    The point steferfootballd is trying to make: A university sized budget and a team of brilliant minds working together can achieve what you seek. Without some serious cash, a lot of R&D, good fabricating skills, and a source for solar parts, it's not going to happen. We are just being realistic here, not trying to rain on your parade. I participated in a hybrid-electric vehicle development when attending Western Michigan, it was fun and I learned a lot about the system. My advice would be to check local universities around your area and involve yourself in one of these projects if you really want some tangible results. Building something like this in a backyard for $61 is never going to happen. $61 will not even buy the aluminum necessary for a rolling frame. These solar cars you see have tens of thousands invested in them and countless hours of work.
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    Well you could always go old school...... Get a cart frame, put some hook rings on the front of it and have dogs pull the cart. I have 2 American bulldogs (which are genetically programed to like pulling) With me on roller blades I can hit speeds up to 25 miles per hour. I stopped doing it though because one of my pups doesnt pay attention and will keep going no matter what. One day he caused me to fall at about 20 miles per hour and i sprained my wrist, ankle, shreaded my right arm and knee, and lost a chunk of flesh off my finger. Its still pretty fun. Once I get a cart with a good roll cage I will most likely get into again.
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    lol its still not running on solar
    its running on electric
    the solar is to recharge some while moving and to recharge it when i'm not!

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    Yes, we know! That car above runs on batteries! It has solar to recharge the batteries some while its moving and standing. Solar panels need batteries no matter what since they can't generate the amperage and torque to get the thing moving. The engine will always draw more than the solar is generating while in motion. No way around this with current technology. In fact a huge penalty of this sort of competition is switching out new batteries, since the engineering teams of different schools compete against one another. So you can lol all you want, but laughing about it will never build anything.
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    then what about what 2k1Toaster said?

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    dude, wise up, these guys are having fun at your expense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    dude, wise up, these guys are having fun at your expense.
    No we aren't. You guys come in after a couple of hundred posts and think you know everything. University students with big R&D budgets are locked into all that garbage their sponsors throw at them. Like electrical engineers and chemists and all that garbage.

    Everyone knows those cars are sponsored by oil companies. Duh, what did you think the guys who get paid by them are going to find out about solar power? That it works great and can recharge the batteries at night when the system is at rest? I'll bet they never even flipped on the charging circuit at night.

    Plus, we're concentrating the solars by using BROKEN solar panels. I'm sure it is way too complicated for your university brain to get that by blending the solars, you get a sludge that concentrates the power of the sun. By hooking up the panels in parallel, you get DOUBLE the voltage.

    Why don't you try reading the thread before attempting to introduce 'science' into it?
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    This thread just gets better with every post

    The sponsors when I was working on this stuff were WMU, Ford, Mitsubishi, and a few smaller electrical companies. Big Oil had nothing to do with sponsor ship, wouldn't that be a conflict of interest for them?

    Without science, solar technology would not exist. And no offense meant here, but you will never succeed in this type of work without a basic understanding of science and physics.

    1. Solar panels DO NOT work at night. They generate electricity from SOLAR RAYS which are not present when the earth's rotation prevents any rays from reaching its surface relative to the panel location. - Astronomy 101, Physics 101

    2. Perhaps using broken, half working, trashed panels is too complicated for me to understand since it seems like a waste of time. However what I do understand, and obviously you don't, is the basic laws of electricty, since hooking up source panels in parallel will double the AMPERAGE, while voltage remains constant. You will need to hook them up in SERIES if you want double voltage while amperage remains constant. I suggest you take a look at Ohm's law before ruining all your runined panels - Electronics 101

    3. I read this entire thread, and half the posts in it are poking fun at Ausi, so you either: A. believe all the posts too... or B. Have not read the entire thread yourself.

    Why don't you try attempting Science before posting in a Solar thread?
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    Confusion Says:

    One should not only read what is written, but also read what is not written.



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    You are absolutely correct Enforcer, From this point forward I think I'm just going to sit back and watch this unfold, lol.

    I just can't handle this much stupid in one place!
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