Ski Lift Running on Solar Power

Ski Lift Running on Solar Power
Started by Bandit in Switzerland - 93 Replies
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May-2010
Bandit
Tenna in Switzerland is installing a solar powered lift. All surplus energy will be sold to the grid.

http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/swiss-town-to-get-a-solar-powered-ski-lift/
May-2010
Calvahead
Looks great, we are all Hydro Electric here but not as eco friendly.

Our lift at Les Masses is going to be replaced in the next year or so, would be nice to get a solar one

Hot and Sunny in Valais today
May-2010
AllyG
There must be a tremendous number of solar panels involved to produce that much electricity (90,000 KWh). I was looking at installing some, but they are very expensive and they produce very low power levels, e.g. one about 2 foot by 4 foot only produces 80 W of electricity, enough to run one light bulb (and is also very heavy - 21 lbs), like the one below:

http://www.pvpower.com/sharp-80w-pv-module-NE-80EJEA-solar-panel.aspx

Ally
May-2010
TheoBane
Great idea,will the cables be able to support all those panels and a very busy day in feb with the lift. Just thinking how much each of them weight then and combine all of them plus the chairs and then the people on them chairs
May-2010
Pablo Escobar
TheoBane wrote:Great idea,will the cables be able to support all those panels and a very busy day in feb with the lift. Just thinking how much each of them weight then and combine all of them plus the chairs and then the people on them chairs


I'd imagine they have thought it through.
May-2010
Brooksy

I hope they have allowed for the weight of snow & ice that will lay on them.
May-2010
Pablo Escobar
brooksy wrote:
I hope they have allowed for the weight of snow & ice that will lay on them.


From the article:

The panels are adjustable and can be removed to clear accumulated snow.



Ally, I wonder how much more energy the higher altitude panels get not to mention they may get more days of sunshine per year than rainy Wales.
May-2010
Mekka
Isn't it a drag lift? I assume that will cut out a lot of the 'snow weight'. The panels will have to be kept clear to be able to collect the energy, let alone to counter the weight of the snow.

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