By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
As a part of its “solar-powered mobile coffee bikes” promotional project, the TEPU showcased six solar-powered bicycle coffee shops on the square in front of the Red House in the Ximending shopping district on Monday.
TEPU chairman Liu Gin-show said the goal of the project is to publicize the many uses of solar energy and to donate the coffee bikes to social welfare organizations so that they can raise funds and promote green energy at the same time.
After being ridden to a destination, the solar panels on the coffee bike can be unfolded and stretched out to begin absorbing solar energy and generate electricity, Liu said. The fully charged battery can be used to make about 100 cups of coffee Americano, Liu said, adding that the mobile coffee cart uses fair trade coffee, which can help African coffee bean farmers build a better quality of life for their families as well as promote greater equity in international trade. [FULL STORY]