Project Ecarus - A solar-powered 712M project...

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Project Ecarus - A solar-powered 712M project...

Post by SparkEE » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:06 pm

https://www.ecarus.org/new-page

Interesting. I can see a plug-in electric Pinz doable. But a solar-powered Pinz seems to be a steep climb to a accomplish. Hope they can do it!

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Re: Project Ecarus - A solar-powered 712M project...

Post by VinceAtReal4x4s » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:59 pm

It's always cool to see someone try the impossible but if we are talking powering a car, much less a 4x4, with solar only, the technology just isn't there nor is it even close to being efficient enough. They would need panels the size of your average corn field on top of the truck for starters.
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Re: Project Ecarus - A solar-powered 712M project...

Post by rmel » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:44 pm

Good luck with that one.\ :P Agree with Vince. Even if you had a Solar conversion
efficiency of 100% the best y'd do is 13KW off the roof of a 712. That's not gonna
cut it. And the best panels on the market today are less than 20% efficient or 2600W,
hairdryer power.
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Re: Project Ecarus - A solar-powered 712M project...

Post by VinceAtReal4x4s » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:42 pm

Maybe it's not meant literally but it sure seems that way. Building a full camper set-up with the usual appliances that can sit on it's own for a few days, being powered (charged) with solar only is enough of a challenge alone.

Still looking forward to seeing what it's about.
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