[EVDL] Odd assortment of solar vehicles and the aerodynamic ramifications of solar panels as a wing.

2015-03-08 Thread John Lussmyer via EV
On Sun Mar 08 11:01:39 PDT 2015 ev@lists.evdl.org said: I've been researching solar vehicles. There is a ration of panel to size of vehicle to efficiency that is very interesting. A couple of designs were small cars with huge solar panels. One and I think one of the first was simply a

[EVDL] Odd assortment of solar vehicles and the aerodynamic ramifications of solar panels as a wing.

2015-03-08 Thread Lawrence Rhodes via EV
I've been researching solar vehicles. There is a ration of panel to size of vehicle to efficiency that is very interesting. A couple of designs were small cars with huge solar panels. One and I think one of the first was simply a velomobile with a flat solar panel placed on top. Two in the

Re: [EVDL] Odd assortment of solar vehicles and the aerodynamic ramifications of solar panels as a wing.

2015-03-08 Thread Michael Ross via EV
Sunpower now makes some very nice flexible panels. You could get an airifoil effect from them, and they are very efficient. However, I don't think it is a useful exercise trying to get lift or ground effect from solar panels. You don't want lift as it would be less stable and a poorer road

Re: [EVDL] Odd assortment of solar vehicles and the aerodynamic ramifications of solar panels as a wing.

2015-03-08 Thread Lawrence Rhodes via EV
Whoa...John this coming from you, a guy with a 1995 Ford F-250 weighing 4 tonsIf you had that setup in a Mazda B2000 with lithium you might have something. I'm talking aerodynamics, light weight and solar. I have questions about how a solar panel acts like a wing on the top of a

Re: [EVDL] Odd assortment of solar vehicles and the aerodynamic ramifications of solar panels as a wing.

2015-03-08 Thread EVDL Administrator via EV
On 8 Mar 2015 at 16:21, Lawrence Rhodes via EV wrote: I have questions about how a solar panel acts like a wing on the top of a vehicle. Can it be made into an advantage. PV panels are flat, aren't they? I don't see why one would act like a wing unless it were shaped like a wing. That