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Solar powered toy uses flexible solar cell to teach kids about renewable energy

Solar powered toy uses flexible solar cell to teach kids about renewable energy
Introducing Volta Racers - the world's first solar motorcars powered by flexible polycrystalline solar cells. (PRNewsFoto/ToyLabs)

A Silicon Valley start-up, ToyLabs, Inc. has developed the first toy motor car powered by a flexible polycrystalline silicon solar cell.

ToyLabs developed the Volta Racer as a fun way to teach kids the fundamental principles and concepts behind solar energy and mechanical engineering.

The Volta Racer is packaged with all the prefabricated components necessary for the child to build their own little solar powered vehicle. It can be assembled in as little as fifteen minutes with no special tools.

The vehicle is powered by a flexible polycrystalline silicon solar cell. The curvature of the solar cell allows the car to capture sunlight from numerous angles for a regular source of power.

"We're extremely excited to launch our very first product, the Volta Racer," said Tim Curley, ToyLabs' Founder. "The launch is a culmination of many discussions and ideations with my seven year old son who pushed me to complete the design and to ready the product so he could start playing and sharing the Volta Racer with his friends. I was inspired by my own kid's enthusiasm and desire to learn about solar energy and how it can be applied to power toys.

ToyLabs is planning to develop other alternative energy powered devices for children. The goal is to come up with products to capture the attention and imagination of children in a way that also helps them learn about the basic principles of science.

Currently the Volta Racer is available for purchase online at www.toylabs.com. In the United States, it is also available from ToyLabs’ retail partners, Talbot’s in San Mateo, California and Cheeky Monkey Toys in Menlo Park, California. – EcoSeed Staff



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