Sanyo has completed installation of two Solar Parking Lots, incorporating solar panels and lithium-ion battery systems, and provision of 100 electric hybrid bicycles, eneloop bike in Setagaya, Tokyo Japan. The Solar Parking Lot is a completely independent and clean system eliminating the use of fossil fuels, and the clean power generated from the solar panels installed on the roof is stored to be used to recharge the electric hybrid bicycle batteries and illuminate the LED parking lot lights. The 100 eneloop bike units provided at the three locations will be used as community bicycles by a wide range of people residing in and outside Setagaya.
By combining HIT solar panels with lithium-ion battery systems Sanyo’s Solar Parking Lot enables recharging the electric hybrid bicycles without any commercial power source, even at night or on a rainy day. 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. The DC charger enables photovoltaic energy generated and stored in DC (direct current) to be used directly and effectively without AC (alternative current) conversion.