THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER, 2012 |
Solar Helps Power New Electric Motorcycle Speed Record
The Lightning SuperBike set an electric motorcycle land speed record a few days
ago, with help from a mobile solar power unit featuring SMA Sunny Island
The motorcycle attained a speed of just over 304 kilometres per hour at El Mirage Lake
in California's Mojave Desert; blasting past the previous record of 273
kilometres per hour.
features a IPM liquid cooled 125kw+ 10,000 rpm motor and a 370V
12kwh battery pack. It has a usable freeway speed range of over 160 kilometres and a combined city and highway
range of over 240 kilometres. The street-legal version of the bike starts at
"This event is a testament to how far electric vehicle and solar technology has
come," said Henry Dziuba, president and general manager of SMA America.
"It is a thrill to see solar energy powering record-breaking vehicles, and it was a pleasure working with Lightning Motorcycle and DC Solar Solutions to achieve this great
DC Solar Solutions' mobile solar generators are produced in 5, 10 and 20kW power capacities;
providing a clean power alternative for off-grid applications such as providing
electricity at remote construction sites. The company's mobile solar
arrays are also being used in the Solar
project, which is bringing power to some New York residents still
without electricity after the storm.
The Sunny Island is SMA’s battery-based inverter charger for off-grid and backup power
applications. Solar and wind energy systems, diesel generators, hydro power or CHP (Combined Heat and Power) can be modularly integrated in a large off-grid
system using the devices.
SMA is probably best known in Australia for their solar inverters, which are
used in thousands of home solar
. The world's largest manufacturer of these devices, over 3
gigawatts of SMA
are installed globally and the company employs over 5,000
people on four continents in fifteen countries
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