The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013, which ended here Thursday, demonstrated that solar energy is not seen equally advantageous by different energy and environmental parties.
One of the highlights at this year’s WFES, which was part of the 1st Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, was the solar-powered Dragonfly-car at the Swiss Pavilion.
Designed by Henri-Philippe Sambuc, a Geneva-based lawyer, the Dragonfly does not need to be plugged at an electricity station, but gets it energy from 1.7-square meters-large solar-panel installed on the car’s roof.
Experts at Chinese solar energy firm BYD, which produces solar energy-powered vehicles, said that the Dragonfly, which has yet to be produced in masses, will not work.
A solar panel on the rooftop of a car was not enough to provide sufficient power for a vehicle to drive with people in it. BYD provides energy stations in China’s Shenzhen city for people who drive their electric cars.
Engineers at Mitsubishi Electric, Japan, which also had a stand at the 6th edition of the WFES, expressed similar concerns.
Asked by Xinhua how he would respond, Sambuc said his the Dragonfly would work because its body is out of pressed flax from the nature. “The Dragonfly weighs just 350 kg, its battery only weighs 12 kg.”
The car would cost only 8,000 U.S. dollars and that mass productions would start with a partner company in Tunisia this year, he said.
Plugged-solutions and hybrid-cars are out, solar-power is the future, Sambuc said.
The designer said he would have been happy if anybody from the big companies which produce solar-powered cars that still had to be plugged had approached him on the stand.