Eco Bike Design Contest 2012



Дедлайн: 29 июня 2012

Компания Solsonica (один из мировых лидеров по производству солнечных батарей) совместно с объявляют конкурс на создание дизайна (концепции) велосипеда, способного производить энергию посредством солнечной батареи, и базы, перерабатывающей эту энергию. Проект должен быть функционален, мобилен, экологичен и эстетичен. Никаких ограничений по материалам и конструкции.

Aim of the contest

Solsonica and, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, are announcing a competition with the aim of selecting innovative projects involving an electrically assisted bicycle and a photovoltaic shelter to protect and recharge it. The two products (the assisted bicycle and the shelter) must constitute a single project that exhibits continuity in terms of functionality, usability, and aesthetics, and which can embody the values and identity of the Solsonica brand.

Theme of the contestAssisted bicycle

The appearance of the bicycle must express the identity of the Solsonica brand (, and embody the values of sustainable mobility, ecology, and responsible choices. From a functional point of view, the bicycle must be equipped with a detachable, autonomous battery, and it must be possible to switch from using the bike in the assisted mode, to using it as a pedal vehicle. There are, however, no specific restrictions regarding the morphology, typology, techniques, or construction materials.

Photovoltaic shelter

The shelter must be fitted with photovoltaic panels to recharge one or more battery packs. It must house the assisted pedal bike and potentially other types of electric vehicles. The shelter must be installed on a site for private use and be able to be connected to mains electricity.More detailed guidelines on the photovoltaic power supply system The (mono or multi) crystalline silicon photovoltaic technology, which is based on cells of the dimensions 156mm x 156mm (thickness 200µm), and can be assembled in series in rigid matrices of variable composition (6x6, 4x8…), should be used as a point of reference. In order to guarantee a useful voltage for charging of 16V, the shelter must have an exposed surface capable of housing at least 32 cells. The colour of the cells is blue-black and cannot be changed.Since the cells are very fragile, they are usually enclosed in two flat sheets: the upper sheet is made of clear glass, while the lower one is made of a stiff, usually opaque panel, although this could also be transparent.As an alternative to the stiff panel, it would in theory also be possible to use a transparent protective polymeric film. In this case the panel can be considered flexible, with a minimum radius of curvature of 2mm, but it cannot be considered self-supporting.The system must also include a box for the electrical connections of the modules, which must have the minimum dimensions 140x80x20mm, and be positioned at one end of the photovoltaic panel.

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