Australian transport fuel company Caltex Australia has built what it believes to be the world's first off-grid, solar-powered truck stop and gas station.
The idea behind the scheme is to extend the range of the company's truck refueling network, which already consists of 200 "dedicated truck stops" as well as 300 "truck friendly sites."
Two sites in remote areas of the Pilbara region in Western Australia have been set up with solar panels and on-site battery storage. They are not connected to mains power.
"The biggest challenge of supplying fuel in remote parts of Australia isn't getting fuel there," Leon Calvetti, Caltex network development manager for Western Australia, said in a statement this week.