Today, the wind conditions were more favourable than last Tuesday, however the Vered Sun of the early afternoon provided less energy. By adjusting the engine power to 100W, I drove at an average speed of 31.5 km/h on a 90 km course with 650 m of positive elevation.
Yesterday I experimented with my new solar bike! It is made up of a classic bike and a motorised trailer. I built this new trailer in order to support 3 solar panels of 100Wc (I only had 2 last year).
My intention is to increase the length of my courses. With 2 panels last year, I had completed courses of a little more than 200 km. With 3 panels, I now hope to exceed 250km per day.
For this first 2-step test, I travelled a total of 129 km with 1080 m of elevation gain in 4h25. My average speed was close to 30 km/h.
Due to the sunshine conditions, I set the electrical assistance between 90W and 115W with short moments at 225W.
In quite unfavourable wind conditions (wind of 20/25 km/h with brutal gusts at 50 km/h), I was able to appreciate the good behaviour of the trailer, very stable in turns of the road.
Discover the route of Sun trip tour 2019: a solar bike route that crosses the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, from Puy-en-Velay to Valence, via the Monts d’Auvergne, Vulcania, Divonne-les-Bains, Chamonix, Val Cenis, Pinerolo (Italy) and Crest.
50 adventurers propelled by solar energy to attack the most beautiful passes of France!
a project in partnership with EDF, EDF renewables, the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and GEO.fr!