ESET E-Bike and Solar Alternative

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Michael Lasante
Email address of primary contact person: 
lasante@siast.sk.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

This project started as an experiment to see if a regular gas burning motorcycle that had reached the end of its lifecycle could be reborn as a low emission daily commuter vehicle. A motorcycle rather than a car was chosen as it could be brought into the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology labs to be used as part of the Power Electronics, Printed Circuit Board Design and Technical Thesis courses.

A 1977 Yamaha 400cc motorcycle was acquired at no cost and over the next number of months, stripped down and rebuilt as an electric motorcycle. The vehicle uses four electric vehicle dry cell batteries to power a 48 volt DC motor. Students have assisted with the design and use the motorcycle as a test bed for design projects.

The motorcycle has been at numerous career fairs for students and teachers as well as a number of trade shows and exhibitions. It promotes careers in technology, especially the emerging Green Energy field.

I am currently working on an Applied Research project to design a solar powered recharging system. This will make our “Low Emission” vehicle “Zero Emission” as it will no longer require recharging from the existing fossil fuel generated power grid.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

2011

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Low emission vehicle
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

This project was not designed to be a prototype for future production. Its goal was to educate, both existing and future students of the Electronics Systems Engineering Technology Program at SIAST Kelsey Campus. It has expanded its educational mandate to high school teachers, support staff and the general public. Both as an example of what our students are capable of, but also what can be done at the grass roots level when it comes to experimenting with low and zero emission vehicles.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

I am currently working on an Applied Research project to design a solar powered recharging system. This will make our “Low Emission” vehicle “Zero Emission” as it will no longer require recharging from the existing fossil fuel generated power grid.

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from recognition event 2011