The operation of a solar panel, by Christophe Dugué

It was during the course of preparation for Sun trip 2019 and 2020, in Lans-en-Vercors, that Christophe Dugué gave us important information about solar panels. In a very clear presentation, he explained to us the design and operation of a solar panel, the definition of its technical characteristics (maximum power) etc…
Christophe also informed us about practical aspects important for solar cyclists: the influence of temperature on performance, the impact of shading, the consequences of micro-cracks in photovoltaic cells…

The solar panels are its domain: Christophe works at Photowatt, a french manufacturer of solar panels for houses and buildings.
And most importantly, Christophe designed and manufactured prototype solar bike panels. He tested his first prototype during the Sun trip Tour 2017. Then Stéphane Bertrand was equipped for the Sun trip 2018, Lyon-Canton. For the Sun trip Tour 2019, Christophe will also equip his wife who will participate with him.
These panels are both light and rigid, therefore resistant to the hazards of a solar bike trip.

Preparation for Sun Trip 2019 and 2020

In mid April, the Sun trip team organized a weekend of preparation for the Sun trip. The aim of this internship was to help the participants better prepare themselves from a technical point of view:

  • understand the operation of solar panels,
  • know the different components of a bike with electric assistance (motor, controller, battery…),
  • share experiences from previous Sun trips,
  • prepare itineraries…

This weekend was intense and very rich, as well by the contributions of the speakers: Florian Bailly (creator of the Sun trip), Christophe Bayard (Association Vécolo), Christophe Dugué (Photowatt), Bernard Cauquil (Professor industrial technical and suntriper 2015 and 2020) and by exchanges between participants.
Thank you all!

Here is a video that translates the atmosphere of these encounters:

Training for the Sun Trip Tour 2019

After the first test outputs come the longer exits to experience the machine and train the cyclist!

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Follow the Sun trip tour 2019 participants on their social network!

Nationalities of participants at Sun trip 2019 50 participants from 7 different nationalities will participate in the 2019 Edition of the Sun trip tour, from July 6 to 20! Some of us have already met during a very fruitful weekend of preparation, organised by the Sun trip team, in Lans-en-Vercors in April.

Find each participant on his social network or blog: discover his preparation, his expectations, his enthusiasm before the big start…

NomNb pers.PaysSun TripBlogAutreRéseau social
AMORAVAIN Céline, MOCELLIN Pierre & Thomas3Francelogo instagramlogo facebook
ANDREA Gilles1France
ASPE Yannick & CAZANAVE Béatrice2France2015,
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BAYARD Christophe1France2017logo facebook
BERMEJO Paul1Maroc2015,
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BROCHARD Laurent1Francelogo facebook
BUJADOUX Stéphane1France2017logo instagramlogo facebook
CHATAGNY Laurent & HENCHOZ Corentin2Suisse
CIANI Dario1Suisselogo facebook
CORSELLI Catherine & DURAND Jean-Michel2Belgique
COSANDIER Michel1Suisse
COTTARD Francis1France2017
DENEL Francoise1France2018logo facebook
DUGUÉ Christophe & Stéphanie2France2017logo facebook
FLORET Jean-Jacques1Francelogo facebook
GADOIN Fabrice1Francelogo facebook
GANIVET Benoît1Francelogo facebook
GILLESPIE Ryan & THORESEN Rain2USA2017logo facebook
GONANO Daniele1Italie2017logo facebook
GUILLE François1France
GUYOT Olivier & SCHULZ Norbert2Allemagnelogo facebook
HADIK Stephen1Suisselogo facebook
HELSEN An & Peter2Belgique2017,
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IETTER Alain1France2017logo facebook
INACIO Jérôme1Francelogo facebook
KELLER Jean-Claude1Suisselogo facebook
LAGRIFFOUL Claude1France2017logo facebook
LEWIEN Ralf1Allemagnelogo facebook
MACHADO Jean-Louis1France2017logo facebook
OLCHEWSKY Michel1Francelogo facebook
PLOZNER Patrice1France2018logo facebook
RAMBEAU Perrine & VAN NESS Nate2France
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ROULLAND Arnaud1Allemagnelogo facebook
RUSSO Fabio1Italielogo facebook
TOUZET Bertrand1Allemagnelogo facebook
TROUCHE Jean-Claude1Francelogo facebook
VAN TIEL Pieter1Suisselogo facebook
VOLLUZ Jean-Marie1Suisselogo facebook

Luc Giros’ solar bike tour of Europe

During the Sun trip 2018, part of Lyon, Mickaël Joguet had put 50 days to arrive in Canton with his solar bike. He won the second place on the podium.
His bike will go back around the world, piloted by Luc giros (30 years old). On May 5, Luc will depart from La Rochelle and depart for an unusual tour of Europe for 17,000 km!

His project is to take out his veil on the three seas but also on the inland lakes. Its route will be along the southern coast of Europe in order to “kitesurfer” on most spots.
Luc will make his journey in complete energy autonomy: thanks to the sun, his bike can pull the trailer carrying his kite.
In addition to the sporting challenge, this journey will also be an opportunity for Luc to evoke his illness, the bladder exstrophy, a complex malformation of the urinary bladder.

Listen again : “my Poitou with Luc Giros 1/5”
Read more about Luc Giros’s adventure