Nissan Leaf goes wireless - charged by electromagnetic induction from floor pad

THE sight of electric cars umbilically attached to their charging stations hasn't yet become commonplace. But already the technology is about to be superseded. Nissan in Japan has given a glimpse of the very near future in the form of a wireless charging station for its Leaf electric car. Present electric vehicle charging technology requires the connection of a cable to the vehicle to recharge its battery via mains electricity. Now Nissan has developed a wireless charging pad that recharges the battery simply by parking the vehicle on top of a ground transmission unit. Much like the charging system on electric toothbrushes, the Nissan wireless charger works by electromagnetic induction. Electricity is drawn from the recharging coil in a housing mounted on a garage floor and into contacts inside the vehicle. Charging your EV is something you never have to think about. You simply drive into the garage at night, park squarely over the charging pad, and leave the car to charge itself. By morning the car is fully charged and you're on your way. The system is 90 per cent as efficient in power transmission as a cable system, meaning it will charge the car in about eight hours.

MAGE POWERTEC PLUS Modules Powering EVs at GM Facility

Solar tracker merges cutting-edge PV-technology and high performance; features integrated charging stations for Chevrolet Volt

OPEL Solar, Inc. and IG Solar Partner Tracking Systems and High Concentration Photovoltaic is the Technology

OPEL Solar Inc. and OPEL Technologies Inc., a leading global supplier of high concentration photovoltaic ("HCPV") solar panels and solar tracker systems, and a semiconductor device and process developer, announced today that it has signed an agreement with IG Solar of Madrid, Spain.

NEW SUNTRACKER AND PV RACK, DESIGNED FOR RIGID CLIMATES: ESPE SUNPARC AMERICA Inc. LAUNCHES SSK 30 and SUNLAZY ST

Mississauga Ontario-Canada, 5th December, 2011 – Easy and practical to mount, an innovative solar tracker and a new practical ground mount rack enter the stage of Cansia Solar Canada 2011.

Dynamic Fuels and Solazyme Partner to Supply Renewable Fuel to U.S. Navy

Supply Contract Represents Single Largest Purchase of Biofuel in Government History

ITS modules excellently suited to coastal and agricultural use

The ITS Economy NEW module series has been successfully tested for use by the sea and on farmland. Independent test institute SGS Germany GmbH carried out salt mist testing to determine the effects that long-term exposure to sea air would have on the modules.

Sentinel Solar Corp. Continues to Expand in Ontario

Sentinel Solar has expanded its product offering to better benefit the supply needs of their customers for the new 2012 year.

Targray Launches New Aluminum Paste from World-Leading Manufacturer Giga Solar

Targray Technology International announces that it has been appointed as the global distributor of Giga Solar Materials Corp.'s new Back Surface Aluminum Paste.

Investment Capital Grows for Commercial-Scale Solar Heating

TEVA Energy Funded for Growth in Large-Scale Commercial and Industrial Solar Heating Markets

Apricus Announces New Webinar Series

Free webinar series for solar industry and design professionals.

Solar industry rushes to beat tariff cuts

Solar power installers are rushing to get orders fulfilled and installations completed for homeowners before December 12

GD Solar Presents Powerway With Advanced Construction Company Award

Powerway received the accolade after successfully mounting a 10MW power plant in the remote region of Alxa, Inner Mongolia, China.

Lumin Solar signs agreement with LDK Solar Co. Ltd.

Lumin Solar Inc., a manufacturer of high quality, high efficiency solar photovoltaic modules announced today that it has signed an agreement with LDK Solar Co. Ltd. to manufacture Ontario domestic content compliant, LDK monocrystalline PV panels from their Thornhill, ON facility.

Low temperature steam engine now available for residential CSP

The missing link in residential scale solar and other heat generated electricity has been a practical low temperature, low pressure steam engine. Now 230 - 300 degF heat can create realistic amounts of electricity.

A dead-easy way to kill vampire power

Belkin this month released perhaps the simplest way to cut that standby power with its Conserve Power Switch. The small gadget is just a switch in a handy format that cuts the flow of power to anything that plugs into it. There's not much to this device, but that's its appeal. The Power Switch, which costs $6.99, plugs into a regular outlet and you plug a device into that. When you want to use your coffee machine, flick it on and a small green light turns on to indicate the plug is live. Could this simple act actually be worth it? Depending on what power source you intend to cut off, this little gadget or one like it can pay for itself in less than a year. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory calculates that the average coffee maker uses 12 watts when it's off. That means if you only turned it on for the few minutes that it's actually making coffee, you'd save about $12 a year based on the national average electricity price.

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