The University of Twente is carrying out research into solar powered Smart E Bike, concentrating on their efficiency and also on user satisfaction. The investigation project is part of the Living Smart Campus programme, in which the campus is used for scientific experiments. University of Twente staff are invited to participate in within the ‘Solar powered e-bike’ project.
Professor Karst Geurs has this to express concerning the project: “In holland, e-bikes are actually hugely popular. They are also a very promising and sustainable alternative mode of transport. We still know hardly any about using several types of e-bikes, or with regards to their impact on health, motorized transport, and bicycle use. Their technical performance is additionally poorly understood, as is the influence on mobility patterns of making use of solar power to charge e-bikes, and people’s ‘charging’ behaviour. These represent the areas we shall be studying. We should also know what users think of the solar bike.”
From the upcoming months, Professor Geurs is keen to recruit another eighty participants from the University of Twente staff for your test phase. Each subject will use one of five solar bikes to get a week, to cycle to operate.
From May onwards, in the context from the Living Smart Campus programme, another twenty individuals staff are important to get a study into charging bicycles (either their very own e-bike or possibly a solar bike) using solar powered energy. In addition to solar bikes, the Living Smart Campus programme will investigate two other charging techniques. Besides charging while cycling, regular smart bike helmet users can opt to use a solar charging system both at home and a solar-charging system on campus. With all of three variants, there may be always the option for charging the battery from the traditional way, using mains electricity, if required.
The solar bikes were developed by the Technical University of Eindhoven, included in the ‘4TU.Bouw Lighthouse Solar Bike project,’ in which Professor Karst Geurs (Centre for Transport Studies) and Dr Pauline van den Berg (Urban Science and Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology) are involved.
Dr Angèle Reinders (ARISE) initiated the Living Smart Campus project ‘Solar powered e-bikes,’ where Professor Srinivasan Keshav (University of Waterloo, Canada) is involved too. Pablo Gaete Haller is participating in the project by conducting the research included in his Master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Technology.
Various tests are completed, during which details are collected and analysed. The aim is always to identify the patterns of e-bike use, and they bikes’ potential benefits as being a sustainable 29dexlpky system. According to Dr Angèle Reinders “Charging e-bikes with solar technology involves a twenty-fold cut in CO2 emissions compared to charging through the grid.”
Master’s student Pablo Gaete Haller recently visited the University of Waterloo, which, being a partner in the project, developed home charging stations alongside the University of Twente. This Canadian university is performing a similar research project, using their own staff. That enables both of these institutions to talk about and compare data through the entire study. Additionally, it has potential regarding postdoctoral research.
The ‘Solar powered 2 wheel electric scooter’ project is portion of the University of Twente’s Living Smart Campus programme, which happens to be aimed at fulfilling the chance of the campus. The Living Smart Campus programme is a collection of campus development projects (involving education, research and/or the support departments) which take advantage of the campus as a living lab.