A butterfly-shaped solar trailer named “Larso” has been on the road for three months now. It has visited over 50 cities across 14 countries completely powered by solar cells all in a bid to inspire more people into action. Between 9-11 September, Larso will be in Hungary, the birth country of the project’s founder, Louis Palmer.
Designed and built by Swiss universities and engineers, the SolarButterfly is a role model for sustainable living. It’s a tiny house with a kitchen, toilet, shower, running water, A/C and up to 6 beds, which is powered entirely by solar energy. It turns into a butterfly at the push of a button and collects enough solar energy with its large wingspan to drive up to 300 km a day, with no emissions at all.
The effectiveness, power and reliability of the solar cells that are provided by LONGi have been evident on the road, as the Tesla Model X has been pulling Larso around the world.
The goal of the SolarButterrfly project is to present 1000 first-hand ingenious ideas, projects and companies that work on solutions to climate change for the 10th anniversary of the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2025. Until then, the Solar Butterfly is set to visit more than 90 countries.
In the past months, the world´s first solar-driven mobile home has been in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Germany and between 9-11 September Larso will be in Hungary, the birth country of the project’s founder, Louis Palmer.
“I am very happy to come back to Budapest, the city where I was born in 1971. Even though I left Hungary at the age of 16 months and was raised in Switzerland, it is a very special moment for me to come back to my hometown with the SolarButterfly and to speak my parent’s language again. And I am very excited to see what Hungary is doing with solar energy to protect our children’s future,” said the project’s founder.
The Solar Butterfly will have a busy schedule during its three days in Hungary. Hungarian Minister of Technology and Industry Lászlo Palkovics will be present at the official inauguration of the first industrial Tesla storage facility in Hungary, and welcome Larso together with the MET Group.
This will be followed by a visit to the Zero Carbon Hub at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, a knowledge centre that stimulates various interdisciplinary collaborations.