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Published on July 17th, 2012 | by James Ayre


Solar Power Resources & EV Driving Potential Estimated with Free Solar App (iPhone & Android)

July 17th, 2012 by  


You can now use the screen of your smartphone to simulate the active surface area of a solar panel, and receive an estimate of the solar resources in that position.

In addition to that, the free app, available for iPhones or Android phones, also gives you information such as “hours of light generated, CO2 emissions avoided and even the distance traveled by an electric car with the energy generated by the PV installation!”

All you have to do is place the smartphone in the same position that your installation would be. The results will vary depending on the inclination and rotation used, so you can compare different setups and locations. Here’s more from the solar blog:

Isn’t it extraordinary that an installation measuring just 10 m2 can, over the course of a single year, generate enough electricity to power an electric car for more than 10,000 km?

In order to make these calculations we have developed a simple, intuitive photovoltaic-estimation tool which is available for free on our website and can be used on any device.

For a better understanding of the results, the app translate the estimated energy into hours of light, electric car mileage and CO2 emissions avoided thanks to the clean energy generation.

Onyx Solar app is available on both Apple and Android devices and completely free. Thus, it can get downloaded from Apple Store or Android Market.



You can learn more here.

You can get the android version or iPhone version now.

If you check it out, let us know how it compares to the solar panels suitability app we recently wrote about!

Source: Onyx Green Building

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About the Author

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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