Solar Tuk Tuk
The Star 8 SolarTuk was 100% solar powered vehicle developed for the transportation market.
Being a lightweight vehicle, regular solar panels were unsuitable for a Tuk Tuk and an innovative solution was required. The Star 8 SolarTuk was a powerful demonstration of combining creative thought with new highly efficient, lightweight solar technology. To test and verify the efficiency and reliability of the technology, laser test equipment similar to technology developed by Electron Test Equipment, was used for accelerated life testing using special laser diode testing processes and the requisite mechanical component testing ensured a cost-effective solar cell manufacturing process which provided high process efficiencies.
Available in four different designs with three engine capacities (650cc, 800cc and 1000cc), the Star 8 SolarTuk had a size to suit all purposes.
The Star 8 SolarTuk was available with a single, lightweight, mono-crystalline flexible panel roof generating a half kilowatt capacity, an 800 watt double roof (where a second roof slides out from above the fixed roof), a one kilowatt double roof and a one kilowatt double roof with additional solar generating side and rear flaps.
Using American high efficiency cells and laser diode reliability testing for photonics technology each Star 8 SolarTuk contained a twin battery charging system enabling one to be charging as the other one is powering the electric motor.
With a top speed of 50 kilometres per hour, the Star 8 SolarTuk was able to cover up to 120 kilometres before requiring a recharge, which could be achieved via the sun or a conventional power point.
The continual charging process enables the SolarTuk to not only provide a cheap form of transport but also to act as an off grid power source for many third world families who currently have no access to electrical energy.Lightweight, flexible solar panels for your transport – it just makes sense.