Sunday, May 20, 2007
Red Rover, Red Rover
Thanks to Abe and Josie of Vela Creations for passing along this red rover...or should I say, solar rover. It'll be powered by the sun and will also double as a battery bank for the dome by using six 8 volt batteries. We boosted the charging power of the solar panels by connecting them together as a chain, much like a battery chain. With this rather minimal solar array, it will take about a day to fully charge the rover and have a range of about 10 miles. This is a good distance for gathering building materials such as adobe, rocks, and sand, and hauling them to the building site. It will also get me to neighbors, the grocery/hardware store at the freeway, and the postal boxes. A future project may be to install a more powerful solar array on the roof for real time driving power. A wind turbine would be ideal for recharging overnight.