Segun Oyeyiola, a Student of engineering at the Nigerian Obagemi Awolowo University, has made his Eco-dream-come-true. The budding engineer spent about a year in a VW beetle into a solar and wind - powered vehicle to rebuild, which he created in part with free scrap metal from friends and family members and, in part, with specially made materials for a total of under 6000 dollars (around 5350 Euro).
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Oyeyiola installed a large solar panel on the beetle and built under the bonnet, a kind of wind turbine. The idea behind it is that during driving air flows into the grille, and the rotors of the Turbine rotates, so that the battery, which is installed in the rear part of the car is charged. He constructed also a new suspension with a strong suspension for the beetle, to the high weight of the battery cushion."this is something I have never seen"
Dr. John Preston, chair of the Department of engineering physics at Canada's McMaster University, and faculty Advisor to the solar car team of the University, that he had never seen something like Oyeyiolas construction. This was even equipped with a GPS-App for Monitoring the condition of the Vehicle. "If you could find a way to use both Wind and solar energy in the same vehicle, that would be a wonderful thing," said Preston to the technology magazine Fast Company. Recognizing he added: "If you could use the Wind and sun, it would mean that you could not only drive in daylight. If he has actually found a way to achieve this, that would be pretty remarkable.".
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: The vehicle is not yet quite perfect. The battery requires approximately four or five hours to charge, but Oyeyiola says he's working on this Problem. The biggest challenges had been to find suitable materials and the people to hide, and told him he was wasting his time.
On the question of what he wants to do with the car after finishing his studies, responds Oyeyiola: "continue to improve It until it is Nigeria's car of the future."
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This article was written by Tobias steel
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