Émile Rivoire ready for 2,500 km of solar-powered cycling
Categorie(s) : Life @ MINATEC, MINATEC, News
Published : 7 June 2022
Émile Rivoire of Phelma’s Class of 2016 is ready for Sun Trip Alpes 2022, a 2,500-km solar-powered cycling adventure. He recently picked up his two CEA-built solar modules which, he hopes, will get him all the way to the finish line without plugging in to the grid.
A team at CEA was tasked with building the 2.3 kilogram, 0.8m2 modules from commercial SunPower cells on an aluminum honeycomb substrate for structural support.
A 750 Wh lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in two hours of full sunlight, for a range of 80 km to 120 km. Each of the two modules has five power lines so that they can continue to provide a partial power supply even if some of the cells get damaged.
The fully equipped and packed solar bike will weigh in at more than 30 kilograms, but that doesn’t scare Émile, who only plans to use the electric assist as just that—an assist.
Don’t miss a special pre-tour event on June 16 at Maison MINATEC where the riders will present their solar-powered bikes.