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31 July

Solution To India’s Worst Power Failure of the Decade-Solar Power

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Have you heard about the worst power failure in the decade in India, such that half of India could be in the dark?!  This energy crisis is caused by three of its collapsed regional grids, leaving 620 million people without government supplied electricity in one of the world’s biggest blackouts ever.  The power outage occurred a day after India’s northern power grid collapsed  but was restored several hours later. But on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at 1:05P.M. the northern grid collapsed again (according to Shailendre Dubey, an official at the Uttar Pradesh Power Corp. of India’s largest state).  Then, about the same time, both the eastern and the northeastern grids failed.  Hundreds of trains  stalled across the country,  widespread traffic jams in New Delhi resulted from non-functional traffic lights, coal miners trapped underground, electric crematoria stopped operating….  These consecutive events of power failure, therefore, is raising serious concerns about India’s outdated infrastructure and the government’s inability to meet its energy need.

Indian Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde blamed the new crisis on states taking more than their allotted share of electricity. It is also true that Indian utilities have not been able to meet the soaring demand for electricity in recent years, with India’s Central Electricity Authority reporting power deficits of more than 8% in recent months.  This power deficit was worsened by a weak monsoon that lowered hydroelectricity generation and kept temperatures higher than usual,further increasing power demand due to need to cool off. Let’s listen to the reporting of this event, below:


Not every one in India is without power.  For those who took measures and installed solar panels and prepared themselves with solar chargers, solar generators, etc., they can obtain their energy from the sun.  If there were more people using solar power in India, it would/could have reduced the stress on the power grid (the brighter and sunnier it is, the more solar power would have been generated and would have placed less demand on the power grid). This is a wake up call for all of us in the rest of the world because power outage may also occur in other parts of the world.  This is the reason why I started Sun Is The Future ( to call attention to the need for decentralized solar power distribution) and now I have also installed amazon ad widgets on this site so visitors to the site may freely browse and purchase  solar products from amazon.com to prepare for future emergency situations and/or make the transition into renewable/solar energy age.

Let’s hope our friends in India will soon be able to resolve this power problem.  Let’s find some ways to send/supply our friends in India with solar power. Any of your suggestions will be welcomed below or at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

~have a bright and sunny day~

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27 July

You Are Invited To View The New sunisthefuture Youtube Channel!

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This is a quick note of celebratory invitation

celebratory fireworks (wikipedia/wikimedia)

to invite you all to visit the newly established sunisthefuture Youtube Channel !

Previously I’ve uploaded many of our solar events/interviews at susansunnunamaker’s channel, but for better organization purpose, from this point forward, all videos pertaining to the topic of solar energy will be uploaded at sunisthefuture Youtube Channel.

Below is one of the many video clips at the Finish Line of American Solar Challenge 2012 (near the Capitol Building of St. Paul, MN) that’s been made available by sunisthefuture.  This one is about the arrival of CalSol/University of CA-Berkeley  Solar Vehicle escorted by its team members. More videos will continue to be uploaded. Enjoy!   Your comments, questions, suggestions, concerns are welcomed below or at sunisthefuture@gmail.com  .


~have a bright and sunny day~

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23 July

Stage 5 and Overall Final Result of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012

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Here are the results of Stage 5 and Overall Final Results of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012 you’ve been waiting for.  July 21, 2012, was the end of the Stage 5 and overall American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012, right in front of the Capitol Building of St. Paul, MN.  Even though there’s been rain during the early part of the day, the sky had cleared and the sun was welcomed by all participants and supporters of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012 around noon.

Capitol Building at St. Paul, MN, on July 21, 2012, the finish point of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012

Stage 5 Results

Team # and Name LaCrosse Start 7/21 St. Paul Finish 7/21 Stage 5 Penalty Time Stage 5 Elapsed Time
35 – Minnesota 09:05:00 12:58:57 00:00:00 03:53:57
32 – Principia 09:02:00 13:31:11 00:00:00 04:29:11
254 – CalSol 09:03:00 13:28:17 00:12:00 04:37:17
9 – Iowa State 09:01:00 13:50:42 00:00:00 04:49:42
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 14:23:55 00:00:00 05:23:55
20 – Western Michigan 09:05:00 14:36:52 00:00:00 05:31:52
256 – Oregon State 09:04:00 15:21:35 00:01:00 06:18:35
5 – Illinois State 09:07:00 Trailer 05:48:54 12:48:54
55 – Montreal 09:06:00 Trailer 04:38:15 11:38:15
28 – New Paltz 09:09:00 Trailer 06:27:42 13:27:42
4 – MIT 09:11:00 Trailer 07:08:48 14:08:48

Last updated 7/21/12 – 22:00 Central. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

Univ of MN team (with their solar car & mascot) was the first to arrive at the finish line of Stage 5

These photo images are photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker at http://sunisthefuture.net.

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Principia College, the liberal arts college of about 500 students consistently overcame all challenges

 

 

 

CalSol/Univ of CA-Berkeley team running to greet their solar car

Iowa State University's Hyperion returning to the finish line, with its team members running along side of it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Univ of MI, came in first from Stage 1-4, and is the winner of overall American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012

 

 

 

 

Western Michigan University zoomed into the finish line in its golden chariot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon State University solar car, escorted by its enthusiastic team members

 

 

 

 

Illinois State University completing the race, cheered on by supporters. This is also the team that was stopped by OH state trooper along their journey.

 

 

 

 

Montreal Polytechnique Esteban arriving, with its fluttering flag above

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNY's New Paltz, a 2nd year participant, learned a great deal and appreciated support from other teams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIT's Chopper Del Sol encountered a moderate crash on second day, but team members repaired parts and persevered to the end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will continue to upload our photos & video interviews onto: sunisthefuture channel at Youtubesusansunnunamaker’s channel at Youtube in the coming week, sharing much lessons learned and stories experienced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall Final Results

Team # and Name Stage 1 Time Stage 2 Time Stage 3 Time Stage 4 Time Stage 5 Time Total Elapsed Time Miles Credited
2 – Michigan 04:13:29 10:32:55 12:26:15 11:59:47 05:23:55 44:36:21 1652.80
9 – Iowa State 04:22:34 16:03:25 14:02:33 15:36:49 04:49:42 54:55:03 1652.80
32 – Principia 05:26:59 14:22:48 17:12:00 14:18:31 04:29:11 55:49:29 1652.80
254 – CalSol 05:34:35 15:32:19 16:04:08 15:33:46 04:37:17 57:22:05 1652.80
35 – Minnesota 04:32:09 13:25:16 22:01:03 17:00:52 03:53:57 60:53:17 1572.45
256 – Oregon State 5:56:04 17:07:27 16:30:44 31:11:09 06:18:35 77:03:59 1390.05
5 – Illinois State 06:12:05 23:57:36 29:33:27 29:54:57 12:48:54 102:26:59 911.80
20 – Western Michigan 05:10:14 35:54:12 24:18:45 32:07:57 5:31:52 103:03:00 886.80
55 – Montreal 07:21:18 32:25:12 28:46:39 28:58:57 11:38:15 109:10:21 829.35
28 – New Paltz 08:54:39 30:48:12 28:03:03 35:25:57 13:27:42 116:39:33 727.70
4 – MIT 05:27:05 47:10:06 39:49:33 16:00:52 14:08:48 122:36:24 854.65

Last updated 7/21/12 – 23:37 Central. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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20 July

American Solar Challenge Stage 4 Result, Bill Gates & Steven Chu’s Discussion on Energy

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Here is a quick post on the outcome of Stage 4 of American Solar Challenge 2012, below (University of Michigan-First; Principia College-Second;CalSol-UC Berkeley-Third):

Team # and Name Normal Start 7/19 Verona Arrival 7/19 LaCrosse Finish 7/20 Stage 4 Penalty Time Stage 4 Elapsed Time
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 14:23:10 12:43:47 00:16:00 11:59:47
32 – Principia 09:02:00 16:21:44 15:16:31 00:02:00 14:18:31
254 – CalSol 09:03:00 16:31:04 16:30:46 00:03:00 15:33:46
9 – Iowa State 09:01:00 15:22:27 16:26:49 00:10:00 15:36:49
4 – MIT 09:10:00 15:33:23 16:04:52 00:56:00 16:00:52
35 – Minnesota 09:05:00 16:57:01 17:58:52 0:02:00 17:00:52
55 – Montreal 09:05:00 Trailer 10:58:57 28:58:57
5 – Illinois State 09:06:00 Trailer 11:54:57 29:54:57
256 – Oregon State 09:04:00 Trailer 13:11:09 31:11:09
20 – Western Michigan 09:04:00 Trailer 14:07:57 32:07:57
28 – New Paltz 09:08:00 Trailer TBD 18:00:00

Last updated 7/20/12 – 23:37 Central. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

More video clips will continue to be uploaded at
sunisthefuture channel & susansunnunamaker’s channel at Youtube


Remember that Stage 5 will be completed on July 21, 2012, between
La Crosse, WI to St. Paul, MN

  • Stage 5 will start on July 21st at Western Technical College, 750 Badger St (Parking Lot D), La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Finish on July 21st at Minnesota State Capitol, MLK Boulevard, St. Paul,
    MN 55155.
    Finish line closes at 4pm.

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Now that I’ve gotten your attention, I would also like to take this opportunity to share a video clip of a discussion/interview involving two leaders of our energy world, Mr. Bill Gates and Secretary of Department of Energy Steven Chu in discussing how America can meet and prosper from 21st century global energy challenges (moderated by John Podesta during the ARPA-E2012 Summit), below.


 

I would also like to share another important incentive policy for renewable/solar energy, Feed-In-Tariff (please click) that would help to speed up our transition into renewable energy age.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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19 July

Updates Before Results of Stage 4 of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012

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Before the results come in for Stage 4, I’d like to respond to some of your questions regarding regulations and solar cells of this race.  Details are in links below:

*Recall our July 18, 2012 post of http://sunisthefuture.net, where one would find the heaviest Finish Penalty Time by the MIT team;this is due to  the fact that the penalty, in this case, is based on how many miles the car is trailered (please refer to Regulations above, under 8.7  Time Penaltis)and MIT’s Chopper Del Sol experienced a moderate crash on Sunday, the second day of the race for American Solar Challenge 2012. Nevertheless, the spirited MIT students quickly repaired the damaged composite body in the lower front and the affected electrical system, regained the functioning of their solar car, and aimed to finish this race.  Yes, they have definitely shown us the importance of  not to be discouraged by momentary set backs and how to get back up on the horse/solar car, in this case, in life’s journey. We shall be cheering them on.

In case some of you missed the channel/uploaded videos from sunisthefuture.net in our previous post, you will find some of our uploaded interviews  at sunisthefuture channelsusansunnunamaker’s channel of Youtube.  At this channel, you will also find other interviews/reports of World Solar Challenge 2011 and various other informative video clips.  Enjoy!  More will be coming in future posts.  Until then….

~have a bright and sunny day~

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18 July

Stage 2 & Stage 3 Results of American Solar Challenge 2012

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Here are the Stage 2 (July 15-16, 2012: Erie, PA to Mansfield, OH and Mansfield, OH to Ann Arbor, MI) and Stage 3 (July 17-18, 2012: Ann Arbor, MI to Kalamazoo, MI and Kalamazoo, MI to Normal, IL) Results of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012, below:

ASC2012 Stage 2 Results: University of Michigan-First;University of Minnesota-Second;Principia College-Third

Team # and Name Erie Start 7/15 Mansfield Arrival 7/15 Ann Arbor Finish 7/16 Penalty Time Stage 2 Elapsed Time
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 14:20:38 11:31:55 00:01:00 10:32:55
35 – Minnesota 09:02:00 16:01:45 14:23:16 00:02:00 13:25:16
32 – Principia 09:04:00 16:38:10 15:22:48 00:00:00 14:22:48
254 – CalSol 09:02:00 16:47:14 16:31:19 00:01:00 15:32:19
9 – Iowa State 09:01:00 16:03:25 00:00:00 16:03:25
256 – Oregon State 09:07:00 16:55:27 00:12:00 17:07:27
5 – Illinois State 09:08:00 Trailer 05:57:36 23:57:36
28 – New Paltz 09:10:00 Trailer 12:48:12 30:48:12
55 – Montreal 09:09:00 Trailer 14:25:12 32:25:12
20 – Western Michigan 09:03:00 Trailer 17:54:12 35:54:12
4 – MIT 09:05:00 Trailer 29:10:06 47:10:06

Last updated 7/16/12 – 23:50 Eastern. Times given as hh:mm:ss.

ASC2012 Stage 3 Results:  University of Michigan-First;Iowa State University-Second;Principia College-Third  

Team # and Name Ann Arbor Start 7/17 Kalamazoo Arrival 7/17 Normal Finish 7/18 Penalty Time Stage 3 Elapsed Time
2 – Michigan 09:00:00 13:02:09 13:14:15 00:12:00 12:26:15
9 – Iowa State 09:03:00 13:29:33 14:57:33 00:10:00 14:02:33
32 – Principia 09:02:00 14:15:17 17:57:00 00:15:00 17:12:00
254 – CalSol 09:04:00 15:08:08 17:02:08 00:02:00 16:04:08
256 – Oregon State 09:05:00 14:30:12 17:18:44 00:12:00 16:30:44
35 – Minnesota 09:01:00 13:35:20 Trailer 04:01:03 22:01:03
5 – Illinois State 09:06:00 Trailer 11:33:27 29:33:27
28 – New Paltz 09:07:00 Trailer 12:12:09 30:12:09
20 – Western Michigan 09:06:00 14:26:34 Trailer 06:18:45 24:18:45
55 – Montreal 09:05:00 Trailer 10:46:39 28:46:39
4 – MIT 09:09:00 14:22:40 Trailer 11:35:33 29:35:33

Last updated 7/18/12 – 23:40 Central. Times given as hh:mm:ss.


Next stage, Stage 4, will start on July 19-20, 2012: Normal, IL to Verona, WI and Verona, WI to La Crosse, WI

  • Stage Start on July 19th at Illinois State University, 210 N School St (Parking Lot F67), Normal, IL 61761
  • Checkpoint on July 19th at Reddan Soccer Park, 6874 Cross Country Road , Verona, WI 53593. Checkpoint opens at 11am and closes at 5:45pm.
  • Stage Stop on July 20th at Western Technical College, 750 Badger St (Parking Lot D), La Crosse, WI 54601

Final stage, Stage 5, will start on July 21, 2012: La Crosse, WI to St. Paul, MN

  • Stage Start on July 21st at Western Technical College, 750 Badger St (Parking Lot D), La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Finish on July 21st at Minnesota State Capitol, MLK Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155.Finish line closes at 4pm.

 

*Some of the interviews with various American Solar Challenge 2012 teams have already been loaded up to sunisthefuture channelsusansunnunamaker’s channel at Youtube (and more will be uploaded as the week continues), so  be sure to check them out!

More videos will be available in future posts.  Any of your comments, suggestions, questions, and concerns will be welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

~have a bright and sunny day~

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17 July

BO GT of Bochum University of Applied Sciences May Have To Reroute

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Please excuse my interruption of the reporting on American Solar Challenge 2012.  A quick note to let you know that BO GT solar car (Germany) of Bochum University of Applied Sciences (in our July 1, 2012 post of http://sunisthefuture.net), circumnavigating the globe,  may have to reroute their trip due to budget reason. They may not be able to get to China now.

reported & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,  sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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16 July

Photo Coverage of American Solar Challenge 2012

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This post will be a continuing reporting on American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012.  Since many of the ASC teams have displayed tremendous amount of team effort, enthusiasm, and support from their schools, community, and alumni, Sun Is The Future would like to take this opportunity to share images of these special moments that were necessary in order to make the ASC solar car race possible, moments of cooperative team spirit, of ingenuity in solving problems, of willingness to do what it takes to carry the torch toward our Renewable and Solar Energy Age….

Hope you will enjoy these photos below, all under ( Creative Commons with attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net).

More interviews/videos with various team members will be coming in future posts. Until then,

~have a bright and sunny day~

written, photographed, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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University of Michigan students unloading their solar car Quantum. Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net

 

 

Illinois State University students were the first to arrive at display area (Rochester Institute of Technology) Creative Commons w/attribution:photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

MIT students discussing what to do next, this is a team with many students on their solar car team.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Oregon State University students & alumnus with their sharp looking orange solar car. Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Principia College, a Liberal Arts College with only 500 students (and no Engineering College), have shown up/qualified in both World Solar Challenge 2011 in Australia and American Solar Challenge 2012 as a school with tremendous cooperative spirit and community support.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

University of Minnesota students discussing various issues involved in setting up for their display. Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Oregon State University students preparing for their display tent.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Michigan State University student guarding their solar car at the display area (Rochester Institute of Technology). Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

The other side of Illinois State University's charging team spirit, students and professors alike, to make this solar race possible.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

a good look of Oregon State University solar car.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Iowa State University solar car charging from the sun.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

University of Michigan students solving mechanical issues during the move.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

MIT students overlooking their Chopper Del Sol solar car engine for final check.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Principia College students also received warm reception from their alumnus (who proudly commented that for Principia College students, "sky is the limit").Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Charging moments/minutes for University of Minnesota solar car Sunpower.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Let's get a closer look of the Illinois State University's solar car.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Michigan State University with the new venture in solar race and alumnus and students anticipating solar future opportunities in our renewable energy age/world.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

MIT's Solar Electric Vehicle Team's beautiful Chopper Del Sol solar car.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Illinois State University students carefully deal with every step of setting up for their display.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

Iowa State University solar car Hyperion charging from the sun.Creative Commons w/attribution: photographed by Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net

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15 July

ASC 2012-Result of Formula Sun Grand Prix & Stage I of American Solar Challenge 2012

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For those of you who are waiting for the result of the Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12, 2012, @ Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, NY) and Stage I of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012, started on July 14, 2012, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G, Rochester, NY 14623,

American Solar Challenge 2012 Displays on July 13, 2012, at Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G

American Solar Challenge 2012 Displays on July 13, 2012, at Rochester Institute of Technology, Parking Lot G

and stopped on July 14, 2012 at the Tom Ridge Center, 301 Peninsular Drive, Erie, PA 16505. This stage closed at 4:00 pm on July 14, 2012.  Please also refer to some of our previous posts regarding ASC 2012 July 9, 2012 post of http://sunisthefuture.net and Jan. 13, 2012 post of http://sunisthefuture.net .  Results of the Formula Sun Grand Prix and Stage I of American Solar Challenge 2012 are listed below :

The 2012 Formula Sun Grand Prix is complete! 

Team # and Name Day 1 Laps Day 2 Laps Day 3 Laps Penalty Laps Total
2 – Michigan 145 158 146 449
9 – Iowa State 125 146 155 426
20 – Western Michigan 120 119 127 366
5 – Illinois State 88 131 131 350
256 – Oregon State 84 80 19 2 181
35 – Minnesota 109 0 71 180
32 – Principia 103 58 0 10 151
55 – Montreal 76 28 109 137
254 – CalSol 0 110 0 110
4 – MIT 0 55 107 107
28 – New Paltz 0 66 94 2 92
13 – Michigan State 0 0 50 50
505 – New Mexico 22 0 0 22
3 – Kentucky 0 0 6 6
11 – Northwestern* DNQ
49 – Georgia Tech* DNQ
QUALIFIED – ASC LAPS FORFEITED

Last updated (and finalized) on 7-12-2012 -17:45 Eastern. Each lap is 1.6 miles. * Team Not Yet Inspected – See Team Status (click & see)for more info

*End of Formula Sun Grand Prix: University of MI with highest total,  IA State University with second highest total (IA State University also has the Fastest Lap record at 2:18), Western MI University with third highest total. Cars must be both nimble and capable of rapid acceleration to succeed on this course. Teams must complete 105 laps in a single day, or 160 cumulative laps over two consecutive days, in order to qualify for ASC. Each driver must also complete a minimum of 25 laps to be allowed to drive on the road race.  As you can see, the list of cars that have qualified for ASC is below:

American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012: Stage 1 Results, below:

Team # and Name            Rochester Start         Erie Finish       Penalty Time      Elapsed Time

2 – Michigan                           09:00:00               13:08:29             00:05:00              04:13:29

9 – Iowa State                       09:01:00                13:23:35             00:00:00              04:22:34

35 – Minnesota                      09:05:00                13:36:09             00:01:00              04:32:09

32 – Principia                         09:06:00                14:32:59             00:00:00              05:26:59

4 – MIT                                   09:09:00                14:18:05             00:18:00              05:27:05

254 – CalSol                          09:08:00                 14:42:35            00:00:00              05:34:35

256 – Oregon State              09:04:00                 14:59:04            00:01:00              05:56:04

5 – Illinois State                    09:03:00                 15:15:05            00:00:00             06:12:05

55 – Montreal                        09:07:00                 00:00:00          00:21:18               07:21:18

28 – New Paltz*                    09:10:00                 00:00:00          01:54:39               08:54:39

13 – Michigan State*            09:11:00                                                                       DNF/Withrawn

Times given as hh:mm:ss. * indicates teams with conditional status.

*Stage I Winners: University of MI-First; IA State University-Second; University of MN-Third

Student of IA State University Solar Car Hyperion washing/cleaning the solar cells to increase efficiency before the race

 

University of MI Solar Car Quantum on display at Rochester Institute of Technology Parking Lot G

 

University of MN Solar Car Sunpower at Rochester Institute of Technology parking lot G before the race

If you have any questions regarding these records, please contact ASC 2012 at ascteams@americansolarchallenge.org

Until more  photos and videos of ASC 2012 (interviews with team members) will be posted,

~have a bright and sunny day~

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9 July

Here Comes The American Solar Challenge (Solar Car Race) 2012!

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Dear Solar Enthusiasts,

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Remember our coverage on Veolia World Solar Challenge of 2011 between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia? Here, in North America, we will have our very own solar car race soon, the American Solar Challenge, from July 14-21, 2012. The event will take student teams and their solar cars from Rochester, NY, to St. Paul, MN. This is a competition for student teams to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars that will race through 1,650 mile course through multiple cities (in NY-PA-OH-MI-IL-WI-MN) across the United States. All teams (18 teams have registered and 16 teams are planning to compete in both Formula Sun Grand Prix-July 10-12, 2012 and the American Solar Challenge-July 14-21, 2012) have to go through three days (July 7-9, 2012) of careful scrutineering process in Monticello, NY, at the Monticello Raceway, where each and every solar car is inspected from electrical and mechanical engineering adherence (such as body and sizing) to safety regulations and dynamic testing (consisting of a slalom course followed by a breaking test where each driver must demonstrate that he/she can come to a complete and controlled stop, under wet driving conditions, within a time limit) before the solar car will be allowed to enter the track.  This is a very friendly competition, so occasionally some teams are given additional shot at the braking qualifier. The purpose and emphasis of the scrutineering process is in safety and adherence to regulation.  Then Scrutineering will be followed by three days of track racing, the Formula Sun Grand Prix portion of the event. On July 13, 2012, solar car teams will travel to Rochester, NY, to be displayed and to prepare for the start of the cross-country rally, The American Solar Challenge. On July 14, solar car teams will leave on the start of the race at 9:00AM at one minute interval.

Day I       (July 14, 2012): Rochester, NY———>Erie, PA

Day II     (July 15, 2012): Erie, PA—————–>Mansfield, OH

Day III   (July 16, 2012):Mansfield, OH———->Ann Arbor, MI

Day IV    (July 17, 2012):Ann Arbor, MI——–>Kalamazoo, MI

Day V      (July 18, 2012): Kalamazoo, MI——–>Normal, IL

Day VI    (July 19, 2012): Normal, IL————->Verona, WI

Day VII  (July 20, 2012): Verona, WI————>LaCrosse, WI

Day VIII (July 21, 2012): LaCrosse, WI———->St. Paul, MN

The American Solar Challenge race will finish at the Capitol Building of St. Paul, MN, on July 21, 2012.

Below, please allow me to share a clip of ASC 2012 (American Solar Challenge 2012):

Take a look at the team photos of this year’s American Solar Challenge solar race teams (University of MI, University of KY, MIT, IL State University, IA State University, Northwestern University,  MI State University, Western MI University, State University of NY-New Paltz, Principia College, University of MN, Georgia Institute of Technology, Polytechnique Montreal, University of CA-Berkeley, OR State University, University of NM) .  So far,  we’ve received reporting of Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Car Team has withdrawn from the 2012 American Solar Challenge due to insufficient time in completing the vehicle before the race starts (July 14, 2012) in Rochester, NY. “The team, which consists of a large percentage of new student members, was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project and thus the design and fabrication took longer than anticipated,” says Dr. Roger A. LaBoube, director of S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center. “I’m sure our team will take what we learned during this process in preparation for the next big race.” It is true that experience really matters and we wish Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Car Team the best next time. Let this also be a lesson for all potential future entering teams: please allot a great deal of safety factor in terms of preparation time because these are complicated designs and it will always take more time than one anticipates.

Here are some links/video clips that may be of interest to you: American Solar Challenge 2012 official site,  past American Solar Challenge 2010, Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, below:

More coverage of the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) 2012-July 10-12, 2012 and American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012-July 14-21, 2012 will unfold in future posts.  Until then, I wish all of these teams…..

~bright and sunny days during the complete course of the race~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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