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The V8 supercars are not the only high-tech four wheelers on the streets of Bathurst.

Bathurst man, Bob Triming, has modified his wheelchair to use solar energy. By converting his electric wheelchair to use solar power, he not only sends a valuable message about caring for the environment, he also has increased his mobility and improved the safety of his wheelchair.

Bob installed a pair of 20W panels in series to deliver the 24V required by his wheelchair. The extra energy provided by the solar panels gives Bob an extra 30 minutes of full power every sunny day, and sunny days are the days you want to be out and about. When it rains the solar panels are not useless; they function as an umbrella. The solar panels and frame are easily detached to allow for easy transportation of the wheelchair.

Bob has also added some side and rear LED lights to his wheelchair. These LED lights use very little electricity and greatly improve the visibility and safety of the wheelchair.

Energy Matters provided the solar panels and wiring diagrams, with Bob Triming coming up with the idea, design and implementation.

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