Sanyo Electric has completed the installation of two ‘solar parking lots,’ incorporating solar panels and lithium-ion battery systems, as well as providing 100 Sanyo developed electric hybrid bicycles named ‘eneloop bike,’ in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.
The power generated by the solar panels installed on the roof is stored to recharge the 100 electric hybrid bicycle batteries and illuminate the parking lot using LEDs at night.
Each of the bicycle parking lots operated by the city of Setagaya at Keio Line Sakurajosui station and Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line Sakurashinmachi station feature Sanyo’s HIT solar panels. which are approximately 46m2, and 7.56kW, on the roof.
The 100 eneloop bike units provided at the three locations, including Odakyu Line Kyodo Station, in addition to Sakurajosui Station and Sakurashinmachi Station will be used as ‘community bicycles’ by a wide range of people residing in and outside Setagaya.
The lithium-ion battery system also features AC power outlets that can be used to power external equipment during an emergency. In addition, the installed system incorporates a DC charger. This enables photovoltaic energy generated and stored in DC to be used directly and effectively without AC conversion.