Printed solar panels in an extreme test: Tesla will drive as much as 15,000 kilometers

Australian scientists will test printed solar panels to power an electric vehicle on a 15,100km road starting in September and hope the experiment will prompt the public to think about new options to prevent climate change.

The “The Charge Around Australia (CAA)” project will power a Tesla electric car with 18 printed plastic solar panels, each 18 meters long.

The panels will be unwound next to the vehicle to absorb solar energy when it needs to be charged.

Paul Dastoor, inventor of printed solar panels, said the University of Newcastle team will test not only the durability of the panels but also their potential use for other applications.

“This is actually an ideal test space that will give us information on how we will use and power technology in other remote locations, for example, in space,” Dastoor told Reuters in the city of Gosforth, north of Sydney.

Printed solar is a lightweight, laminated PET plastic that can be made for less than $ 10 per square meter.

The plates were made on a commercial printer that was originally used to print wine labels.

Dastoor said using car dashboards would make Australians think more about electric vehicles and could help them alleviate “anxiety” related to the range of electric vehicles.

“(The community) is looking for answers like this to the problems it is facing, day in and day out, because of climate change,” he said.

On the 84-day trip to Tesla, the team plans to visit about 70 schools to show students what the future may bring.

Asked what Elon Musk, Tesla’s carmaker and founder of Tesla Inc., could say about the CAA project, Dastoor said he hoped he would be pleased.

CAA “shows how our innovative technology can be combined with its development of new solutions for the planet,” Dastoor said.

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