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I always wondered about solar powered EV charging stations. Just imagine what could be done right now. Below is a link that caught my eye. There are many more design ideas out there. We could make it happen. We should also not discard the idea of mass transit, not by a long shot. We need more of that as well. And I for one would love it if we could make inroads regarding better infrastructure for riding bikes.. Riding a bike to work or other places they need to go where the pathway is safe and open would make folks happier and healthier too. It should be a joy to live an efficient life full of discovery.

 

https://inhabitat.com/beautiful-solar-powered-ev-charging-stations-promise-to-charge-a-vehicle-in-15-minutes/

 

I think we have not even touched the surface regarding the use of Solar Power.

 

Peace!

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14 hours ago, TheOldBarn said:

I always wondered about solar powered EV charging stations.

 

This is the ideal.  The Copenhagen based architectural firm, COBE has come up with a charging station as sustainable as humanly possible.  It's even made of recycled materials !   And 47 more are planned throughout Scandinavia.  Once again, Northern Europe is leading the way.  Not just politically, this time, but with practical adaptations for a changing world.

 

And in Sweden, they have built the first road that charges electric vehicles as they drive along it.  Sweden has set the ambitious goal of completely breaking free of dependence on fossil fuels by 2030.

 

No one knows how long it will take to achieve the holy grail of clean nuclear fusion.  These countries are not waiting.

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I love solar but the way a battery gets to be in front of us needs to be considered ?

 

with a healthy supply of facebook friends we will not need a charging stations

 

 

solar roofing shingles 

 

Image result for solar tile roof

 

 

the cats meow for me is  a chameleon shingle

 https://thedaily.case.edu/chameleon-roofs-of-future-could-save-money-energy/

 

Idaho has 4 seasons so we would have 4 shades 

 you could "and I am sure someone is " apply the same ideas to the siding and trim and have your whole exterior change with the seasons 

 

there is  uncharted territory  left in solar. I hope we elect to play more dominant role again, sooner than later 

 

 

 

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Electric vehicles are expected to begin to dominate the new car market by 2022 when an electric vehicles will become cheaper than a gasoline vehicles. 

 

 

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10 hours ago, rrober49 said:

I love solar but the way a battery gets to be in front of us needs to be considered ?

 

Because of their light weight and high energy density, lithium-ion type batteries are used exclusively in smart phones and electric vehicles.   The environmental cost of mining lithium and manufacturing the batteries is high.  And, as of now, there is almost no recycling of spent batteries.  Extensive recycling could ameliorate the problem by cutting down the need for mining, drastically.  Research is currently being conducted in Australia and the UK, among others.  But until large-scale recycling becomes a reality, making lithium batteries remains a problem

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/lithium-batteries-environment-impact

 

Another aspect is where the energy to recharge these batteries comes from.  If an EV is plugged in at night, and the power comes from the burning of coal, the EV is contributing to carbon emissions, even though not burning fossil fuel itself. 

 https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/4/27/17283830/batteries-energy-storage-carbon-emissions

 

 

Solar-powered charging stations, as shown in OP, reduce the carbon footprint of rechargeable vehicles.

https://inhabitat.com/beautiful-solar-powered-ev-charging-stations-promise-to-charge-a-vehicle-in-15-minutes/

white electric vehicle under wood covering

aerial view of green-roofed charging station

 

 

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the cats meow for me is  a chameleon shingle

 https://thedaily.case.edu/chameleon-roofs-of-future-could-save-money-energy/

 

Idaho has 4 seasons so we would have 4 shades 

 you could "and I am sure someone is " apply the same ideas to the siding and trim and have your whole exterior change with the seasons 

 

there is  uncharted territory  left in solar. I hope we elect to play more dominant role again, sooner than later

 

Barring hidden pitfalls and unforeseen consequences, this sounds like a huge advancement in generating independent, home or business solar power.   Hopefully, solar, wind, geothermal and tidal power sources can replace most fossil fuels until clean nuclear fusion becomes practical, replacing most other sources.  But even then, there will be extensive use of storage batteries.  A problem which must be addressed with the aim of minimizing environmental fallout.

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18 hours ago, rrober49 said:

I love solar but the way a battery gets to be in front of us needs to be considered ?

 

with a healthy supply of facebook friends we will not need a charging stations

 

 

solar roofing shingles 

 

Image result for solar tile roof

 

 

the cats meow for me is  a chameleon shingle

 https://thedaily.case.edu/chameleon-roofs-of-future-could-save-money-energy/

 

Idaho has 4 seasons so we would have 4 shades 

 you could "and I am sure someone is " apply the same ideas to the siding and trim and have your whole exterior change with the seasons 

 

there is  uncharted territory  left in solar. I hope we elect to play more dominant role again, sooner than later 

 

 

 

 

Very cool. They need them in Idaho for sure. We need to implement many of these very cool technologies sooner than later!!! Takes Leadership I guess.

A party, any political party, that spent it time informing the public at large about these things, would... be smart.

 

Peace!

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8 hours ago, bludog said:

 

Because of their light weight and high energy density, lithium-ion type batteries are used exclusively in smart phones and electric vehicles.   The environmental cost of mining lithium and manufacturing the batteries is high.  And, as of now, there is almost no recycling of spent batteries.  Extensive recycling could ameliorate the problem by cutting down the need for mining, drastically.  Research is currently being conducted in Australia and the UK, among others.  But until large-scale recycling becomes a reality, making lithium batteries remains a problem

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/lithium-batteries-environment-impact

 

Another aspect is where the energy to recharge these batteries comes from.  If an EV is plugged in at night, and the power comes from the burning of coal, the EV is contributing to carbon emissions, even though not burning fossil fuel itself. 

 https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/4/27/17283830/batteries-energy-storage-carbon-emissions

 

 

Solar-powered charging stations, as shown in OP, reduce the carbon footprint of rechargeable vehicles.

https://inhabitat.com/beautiful-solar-powered-ev-charging-stations-promise-to-charge-a-vehicle-in-15-minutes/

white electric vehicle under wood covering

aerial view of green-roofed charging station

 

 

 

Barring hidden pitfalls and unforeseen consequences, this sounds like a huge advancement in generating independent, home or business solar power.   Hopefully, solar, wind, geothermal and tidal power sources can replace most fossil fuels until clean nuclear fusion becomes practical, replacing most other sources.  But even then, there will be extensive use of storage batteries.  A problem which must be addressed with the aim of minimizing environmental fallout.

 

I feel as though we have not even scratched the surface regarding how far solar can go. You can put pv into pavement, and thin film ware to be incorporated on may surfaces.

That would mean big time job creation here in the US. And just think, if we had the technology that could be easily implemented, private industry would love to get into that game.

Also think about saving the rest of the world. All of this would be an immense step in helping out third world nations so that they too could one day enjoy the dream of prosperity.

Yes, diversity and unity, strength in numbers. 

Peace!

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Efficiency can be found in cities where you need to make the most out of tight spaces. Travel is always a big issue regarding congested streets and wasted time getting from point A to point B. 

 

 

https://www.curbed.com/2018/9/18/17873726/transportation-best-cities-bus-scooter-light-rail-public-transit

 

We got to also deal with the overuse of plastics, and food waste.

We got to also deal with the overuse of plastics, and food waste.

A point that is worth repeating.

 

The video in this link is worth listening to. A lot to think about. 

https://greatist.com/health/how-to-ways-reduce-food-waste#1

 

Stewardship Definitions from Websters:

 

1: the office, duties, and oblications of a steward

2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something especially ; the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care - stewardship of natural resource.

 

Interesting book below. The Dayak in Borneo live in the extreme wild and have lost their language. Their belief systems have changed since hearing about the rest of the world. They wonder why cannot they change. They spiritually feel as though the white men who have visited their tribe are actually ghost. And the land from where they come from is heaven, the promise land where each of them will go, once they leave their small wild zone nestled in the jungles swamp.

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