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26 October

Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva and Microfinance

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If you like this photo image of Central Florida Sunset by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, click on the red link for Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva (below)to find out how we can keep our planet Earth as beautifully sustainable as possible.

Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva has just helped Gladys Raquel (Nicaragua) with her purchase of solar panels. Her community is not connected to the conventional electricity network, so this will be able to help to increase her standard of living significantly. If you’d like to help people like Gladys, please join the Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva (goal: speed up earthly transition toward Solar/Renewable Energy by helping entrepreneurs throughout planet earth to develop small businesses in renewable energy, solar energy, energy efficiency, recycling, all via microfinance). Our first solar loan took  1034 lenders from different parts of the world to help a distributor in Tanzania to start a micro Solar Lighting Kits business.  Money was raised within less than 10 days. In recent years, we have also helped entrepreneurs at a new site, www.zip.kiva.org focused in helping small businesses in USA and Kenya with solar energy and recycling. Join us in reducing the carbon footprint, ridding poverty, and spreading sunshine, by becoming either/both a lender or/and borrower/entrepreneur at Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva.

To understand what Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva, Kiva, or microfinance is about, please view this video below:


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18 October

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 of TAFE South Australia Is Wonderfully Comfortable !

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This is an interview with a team member David of TAFE SA Solar Spirit team of TAFE South Australia University at World Solar Challenge 2013 at Hindmarsh Square of Adelaide, Australia. SOLAR SPIRIT 3 is an extremely comfortable car to be sitting in. I can now attest to that fact. Below is the interview conducted inside SOLAR SPIRT 3 of TAFE SA:

TAFE SA stands for Technical and Further Education South Australia at: www.tafesa.edu.au Below is description/explanation of TAFE SA from their web site.

TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training (VET) in South Australia delivering more than 1000 courses to an average of 80,000 students per year at our campuses across the State. TAFE SA offers training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas with a wide range of quality courses and flexible study options to suit your personal needs. TAFE SA plays a major role in the development of South Australia’s future workforce with 88% of students employed or in further study after graduating. In building the State’s skill base, TAFE SA works with industry and business to deliver relevant, high-quality, vocational education and training to better link skills and training with job opportunities, ensuring sustainable employment within the state.

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 at the finish point of World Solar Challenge 2013, at Adelaide, Australia (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 at the starting point of World Solar Challenge 2013, in front of the Parliament House of Darwin, Australia (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 of TAFE South Australia is a very comfortable solar car drive or sit in (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building solar car is part of the curriculum for students at TAFE South Australia University. Students at TAFE should be proud of what they have accomplished and be thankful for this opportunity to advance their skills in green technology of solar car building as I am thankful for being able to sit in this wonderfully comfortable vehicle to conduct this interview.

For a closer look at many of the solar cars participating at World Solar Challenge 2013, please feel free to click-> Sunisthefuture Photo Gallery.

More development will be brought forward as the challenge progresses. Keep checking back www.sunisthefuture.net for more !

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www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

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17 October

Why Cambridge Withdrew From World Solar Challenge 2013

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RESOLUTION of UK's CUER (Cambridge University Eco Racing) team after a crash that damaged some solar panels in the right front portion of the RESOLUTION, contributed to its instability, and prevented it from participating in the race (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

The only entrant in the trans-continental World Solar Challenge 2013 from Britain was Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) team. This year, CUER team entered the race with an innovative design, RESOLUTION, with tilted solar panels and the body shape of a torpedo.  RESOLUTION is named after the HMS Resolution,

HMS Resolution by Henry Roberts

in which Captain James Cook made his second voyage of exploration to the South Pacific to search for the fabled Terra Australis. This ship was the successor to HMS Endeavour. HMS Resolution performed some remarkable feats, becoming the first ship in the world to cross the Antarctic Circle, exactly 240 years ago (in 1773) setting a record for the furthest southern latitude ever explored. So, CUER’s RESOLUTION is a name that reflects spirit of adventure, exploration and determination. Below, is a video clip of the making of CUER’s RESOLUTION:


Unfortunately, this daring design experienced a  crash before the time trials (to determine the grid positions of all solar cars in the race). While the vehicle was operable after the crash, the team could not be assured of the safety of its solar car drivers as a result of tests conducted after crash repairs, indicating “revealed new dynamic instabilities, which we have not been able to fix in the time we have left before the race.”

However, in this race where the emphasis is place on collaboration and learning, there are many positives and lessons that can be taken from this year’s event for CUER, listed in an official statement provided by the team:

First and foremost, our engineers have ensured that our drivers have been safe at all times, with the car’s crash structure performing as designed in the event of an accident. Secondly, Resolution produced its best ever results while testing in Australia, indicating that CUER would have been on target to be competitive. Additionally, we have developed several new and innovative technologies over this design cycle: the tracking plate, flexible fairings, and concentrator systems – all of which will stand CUER in good stead for future competitions. And finally: Resolution has been an inspiration – to us; to the many members of the public who have been able to see her displayed; and to the next generation of engineers.

To this, I would simply add that RESOLUTION is a daring design because of its short axle track (between the two front wheel).  The axle track in automobiles and other wheeled vehicles which have two or more wheels on an axle, is the distance between the centerline of two roadwheels on the same axle, each on the other side of the vehicle. After practicing yoga, gymnastics,  martial arts for decades, intuitively I would sense that vehicles with shorter track distance (all other conditions are the same) would be more susceptible to rollover under windy condition or turning at corners/curves.

At this point, please allow me to share some information on basic dynamics and vehicles with you:

  1. All vehicles are susceptible to rollovers to various extents. Generally, the higher the center of mass, the narrower the axle track,

    Track (measured between center line of wheels, credit: Wikimedia Commons)

    the more sensitive the steering, and the higher the speed, the more likely a vehicle is to roll over.

  2. Vehicle rollovers are divided into two categories: tripped and untripped. Tripped rollovers are caused by forces from an external object, such as a curb or a collision with another vehicle. Untripped crashes are the result of steering input, speed, and friction with the ground.
  3. In an event without forces from an external object, untripped rollovers occur when cornering forces destabilize the vehicle. As a vehicle rounds a corner, three forces act on it: tire forces (the centripetal force), inertial effects (the centrifugal force), and gravity. The cornering forces from the tire push the vehicle towards the center of the curve. This force acts at ground level, below the center of mass. The force of inertia acts horizontally through the vehicle’s center of mass away from the center of the turn. These two forces make the vehicle roll towards the outside of the curve. The force of the vehicle’s weight acts downward through the center of mass in the opposite direction. When the tire and inertial forces are enough to overcome the force of gravity, the vehicle starts to turn over.

Having a wider axle track is analogous to a yogi having a wider stance. This would lead to more stability for the yogi’s position (with feet instead of wheels). So it stands to reason that having a shorter axle track (as seen above in RESOLUTION of UK’s CUER team) would lead to less stable stance for a solar car.

Once again, allow me to point out that World Solar Challenge is a solar car race that is focused on collaboration and learning.  I can assure you that all members of the CUER team has learned a great deal in preparation for World Solar Challenge 2013 and in having participated in this race. They have good reason to proudly hold their heads up high,

Team member of CUER team of UK walking along side of RESOLUTION, waving and looking forward to becoming a stronger contestant in WSC 2015. (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker at www.sunisthefuture.net)

waving, and looking forward to becoming a stronger contestant for World Solar Challenge 2015. As Captain Cook would have done so, holding his head up high and continued on with his voyages, searching. As all solar innovators would have done so, after multitude of defeats, we’d continue on, searching for a better, cheaper, cleaner, safer way of lighting up/powering the world, regardless what obstacles had been placed before us.

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

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www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

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16 October

Interview With Chris Selwood, Event Organizer of Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013

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I was very fortunate to have caught up with Chris Selwood, the event organizer of World Solar Challenge 2013, at Hindmarsh Square in Adelaide, Australia, to chat about this once-every-two-year event. This year, about 40 teams from 23 countries participated in Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013 to cross 3000 km between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia.

Mr. Selwood shed some light on the history of World Solar Challenge, its purpose, its growth, its future, and the opportunities it provides for companies such as Google and others for recruitment.  This event is well supported by enthusiastic energy and fantastic talents for our transition into the future of renewable/solar energy world. We look forward to a bright future for World Solar Challenge and Solar Energy. We hope many companies will help to support and tap into the wealth of human resources at this event. Please view this interview with Mr. Chris Selwood, below:


Take a look at the list of sponsors for World Solar Challenge 2013 and consider becoming part of the list for future events (by contacting: admin@worldsolarchallenge.org)so we can insure the continuation of this optimistically energized event that helps to drive our vehicles toward the Solar Energy Future.

Here is another interview with Mr. Chris Selwood back in 2011.

There will always be more on solar energy at sites below. Please get into the habit of checking at these sites for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

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15 October

Chat About The Massive Solar Progress With Dr. Bill Parker During World Solar Challenge 2013

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Sun Through The Cloud (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

On the sixth day of the World Solar Challenge 2013, solar car race, I met up with Dr. Bill Parker, a veteran of solar energy industry and academics for over two decades and the editor of “Solar Progress” magazine. Dr. Parker’s career spans both the academic and business worlds. He was trained in bacteriology and is currently a director of a biotechnology company in Perth, Australia. His interest in solar energy began in the late 1980s with establishment of a solar energy information center in Perth, and became the director and manager of the center. He was also involved with the Australian Solar Council (aka ANZSES) at one time and was/is an editor of the magazine “Solar Progress”. He lives in a passive solar house that he built and looks forward to the future when all homes are entirely energy self sufficient.

During the interview, Dr. Parker touches upon the exponential growth of solar industry in recent decades, the importance of incentive policy in influencing the spread of use of solar energy, how critical the distributed solar power is for regions such as the Outback, how necessary it is to have enlightened power companies in establishing and educating the general public on the use of solar energy, incorporation of feed-in-tariff and community solar gardens, and last but not the least: the active participation from the people in requesting and working with the government for the smooth transition into solar energy age. Below, is this interview with Dr. Bill Parker:


 

Solar Progress is both a printed and online magazine. For a look of a sample issue of Solar Progress, please visit:  http://issuu.com/commstrat/docs/solar_iss2_2013_sample

For more photos and videos of all solar cars participating in World Solar Challenge (WSC) 2013, please visit sites below:
www.sunisthefuture.net
www.instagram.com/sunisthefuture
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www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture
www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture
To find small businesses and projects assisted by Sun Is The Future, please visit:   www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture
If you’d like to help support our cause for a Cleaner, Healthier, Safer, and more Collaborative Planet Earth, or to find unique gift ideas with inspiring designs, please visit:  www.cafepress.com/sunisthefuture &  http://sunisthefuture.logosportswear.com &  www.zazzle.com/sunisthefuture

Any of your comments, suggestions, questions will be welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com
~have a bright and sunny day~
sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

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www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

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14 October

“Change To Solar, It Is The Energy of The Future!” Cheered by Jane Lindsay

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Solar is the energy of the future! Solar energy world is represented by people of all age groups, gender, and socioeconomic background. Just a quick post and video to share with you the joy and  heart warming story of Jane Lindsay, a 50-year-old Registered Homeopath whose wish for her 50th birthday was to be able to drive a solar car. Below, in the video, you’re able to see Jane after her return from the World Solar Challenge 2013 at Hindmarsh Square of Adelaide, Australia, as the Solar Car Driver for ARROW1 of Team Arrow

ARROW1 of Team Arrow of QUT (Queensland University of Technology) (Australia)(credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)



of QUT (Queensland University of Technology) . You are also welcomed to click on the red link Jane Lindsay above to find out more of Jane’s other hopes and dreams. More topics from World Solar Challenge 2013 will surface. Please get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

 

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13 October

World Solar Challenge 2013 Final Results

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Here is the final results you’ve all been waiting for, regarding World Solar Challenge 2013 (official release from World Solar Challenge 2013):

The Dutch have dominated this year’s 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Having already won the elite Challenger Class title when team NUNA7 of Nuon Solar Team

 

 

NUNA7 of Nuon Solar Team of Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) came in First of the Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (credit: World Solar Challenge 2013)

crossed the line first on Thursday (Oct. 10, 2013), Stella of Team Eindhoven

STELLA of Solar Team Eindhoven of Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) came in First for Cruiser Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

made it two from two winning the Cruiser Class category announced tonight at the Awards Ceremony in Adelaide.  With a score of 97.5% to Eindhoven it was perhaps closer than the Dutch had predicted, with Germany’s Hochschule Bochum team

POWERCORE SUNCRUISER of Hochschule Bochum SolarCar Team of Univ of Applied Sciences Bochum (Germany) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

a close second on 93.9%, in turn just beating Australia’s UNSW Sunswift team who scored 92.3% in

EVE of UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift of Univ of NSW ( Australia) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

third place.  The Cruiser class was judged on the key criteria of solar kilometres travelled; passenger kilometres; speed; energy efficiency; and a subjective element of design and practicality.  Of the eight Cruisers built especially for the Australian event, four completed the 3020 kilometres on full solar power, the University of Minnesota from the USA

DAEDALUS of University of MN (USA) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

joining the ranks with the Dutch, German and Australian teams, taking out fourth place with 79.2%.  Each of the top teams had differing strategic approaches to the contest. Eindhoven being a four seater car easily accounted for the most passenger kilometres; Bochum were the most energy efficient, and UNSW Sunswift were the fastest to the finish line.  Final judging occurred on Saturday afternoon with the expert panel assessing characteristics such as: ease of access; comfort; controls; features; style; ease of charging, overall desirability; road registration; parking and cargo space. Judges put the cars through their paces on the finish line. Teams were tested for their parking skills, their ability to load the trunk with numerous suitcases and the ultimate cargo test – could the Aussie esky also be stowed the right way up in the trunk?  The judging panel spent hours deliberating final scores with the topl three cruisers all shining in their own right. Team Bochum’s Powercore Suncruiser scored high on accessibility and desirability and Sunswift’s ‘EVE’ was the most stylish. In the end it came down to just five points between the three top teams with the world’s first four seater solar family car , ‘STELLA’ taking the honours.  The remaining four cruisers completed the Challenge with a combination of solar kilometres and trailer kilometres: Goko High School from Japan (2288 km);

KAITON II of GoKo High School (Japan) (Credit:sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Apollo from Taiwan (1558);

APOLLO Cruiser Solar Car of National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (Taiwan) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Australia’s TAFE SA (1469)

SOLAR SPIRIT 3 of TAFE SA Solar Spirit of TAFE South Australia (Australia) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

and University of Calgary (719)

 

SCHULICH DELTA of Univ of Calgary (Canada) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Event Director Chris Selwood said that after more than 3,000 kilometres it was perhaps fitting, in a category that was intended to bridge the gap between high-end technology and driving practicality, that the results would come down to practical design and the ability to appeal to every day drivers.

“I congratulate Team Eindhoven on their innovation, practical design, and foresight, to think outside the square and add the extra seats. ‘STELLA‘ is a wonderful solar car in a field of exceptional cars and teams. I look forward to 2015 and the prospect of more cruisers as we work toward the world’s most efficient electric car,” Chris said.

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Top 4 of each of the three classes, below:

Challenger Class

  1. NUNA7 of Nuon Solar Team of Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), image above
  2. TOKAI CHALLENGER of Tokai University (Japan)
  3. THE RED ENGINE of Solar Team Twente of University of Twente and Saxion, University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
  4. LUMINOS of Stanford Solar Car Project of Stanford University (USA)

Cruiser Class

  1. STELLA of Solar Team Eindhoven of Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
  2. POWERCORE SUNCRUISER of Hochschule Bochum SolarCar Team of University of Applied Sciences Bochum (Germany)
  3. EVE of UNSW Solar Racing Team-Sunswift of University of NSW (Australia)
  4. DAEDALUS of University of Minnesota (USA)

Adventure Class

  1. AURORA EVOLUTION of Aurora Vehicle Association (Australia)
  2. INTIKALLPA 2 of Antakari of Universidad de La Serena y Minera Los Pelambres (Chile)
  3. SIKAT II of SIKAT Solar Philippines (Philippines)
  4. SOPHIE IV of IVE Solar Car Team of Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Hong Kong)

More development will be brought forward as more topics for World Solar Challenge will be posted. Keep checking back www.sunisthefuture.net for more !

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on World Solar Challenge 2013 and solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

www.instagram.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.cafepress.com/sunisthefuture

http://sunisthefuture.logosportswear.com

www.zazzle.com/sunisthefuture

 

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12 October

World Solar Challenge 2013 Event Updates

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Updates from World Solar Challenge 2013, below:

38 TEAMS SHINE IN ADELAIDE Adelaide turned on the sun today to welcome home all teams from the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.  It was a journey of adventure and endurance across 3,000 gruelling kilometres. Teams faced adversity, for some such as Cambridge from the UK the challenge was over before it

RESOLUTION of Cambridge University Eco Racing Team (UK) of Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

HI-TECH of Hachinohe Institute of Technology (Japan) in Adventure Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: World Solar Challenge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

began, having gotten their solar cars to Darwin only to be faced with the reality of not being able to compete. For others the strong wind gusts, dust storms, rolling spinifex and sheer distance proved too much.  Regardless of their placing, all teams had reason to celebrate their achievements and were given a rousing reception and their moment in the sun on the official finish line at Hindmarsh Square in Adelaide.  In the Challenger class, Onda Solare from Italy in their solar car Emilia 3,

EMILIA 3 of Universita Di Bologna's Onda Solare Team (Italy) in Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunishefuture.net)

made the 3020 kilometres under solar power for the first time crossing the finish line at 4.25 pm on Friday putting them into the top ten. In the Adventure Class, Team Antakari from Chile also made the distance under

ANTIKALLPA 2 of Antakari Team of Universidad de La Serena y Minera Los Pelambres (Chile) in Adventure Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: World Solar Challenge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

full solar power crossing at 9.31am Saturday morning which put them in second place in their class.  With 22 countries competing in Australia for the event, the Challenge welcomed first timers: China, Sweden, Indonesia, and Colombia.

SUN SHUTTLE of Beijing Institute of Technology (China) in Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

NATURAL MAGIC ENERGY of Ju Solar System Jonkopoing University (Sweden)'s first entry at World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

SAPU ANGIN SURYA of ITS Solar Car Team of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Surabaya (Indonesia) in Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

PRIMAVERA of EAFIT-EPM Solar Car Team of EAFIT University (Colombia) in Challenger Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker of www.sunisthefuture.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China’s entrant from the Beijing Institute of Technology, Sun Shuttle, was welcomed into Adelaide today, having recorded 1398 solar kilometres. Colombia’s Universidad EAFIT Empress Publicas de Medelin, in their solar car Primavera, recorded 2505 solar kilometres; The Jonkoping University team from Sweden in their solar car, Natural Magic Energy, struck difficulties in the windy conditions, despite their damaged car they managed to record 1301 solar kilometres; and the team from Indonesia’s Intitut Teknologi Sepuluh Surabaya in their solar car Sapu Angin Surya drove 748 kilometres under solar power.  Event Director Chris Selwood congratulated all the teams saying the spirit of competition is just as important as the result.  “This is a truly unique event that brings people from diverse backgrounds and cultures together across the Australian outback. I look forward to our final day tomorrow, with our first ever street parade from 2pm followed by the Awards Ceremony and the announcement of the inaugural Cruiser Class winner,” he said.

For Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, activities at Hindmarsh Square will include:

  1. 38 solar car teams from 22 countries
  2. Hire a free Adelaide City Bike
  3. Adelaide Clean Drive – free test drive – some of the latest lowest emission production cars through the city streets
  4. Feast on Fork on the Road, from 12noon Sunday
  5. The world’s first solar car street parade, from 2pm Sunday starting in Hindmarsh Square and travelling through the city streets to Edwards park.

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11 October

Necessary Supports For World Solar Challenge 2013

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Solar enthusiasts come from all walks of life, irrespective of their ethnicity, national of origin, gender, socio-economic background. What they do have in common is the hope, optimism, and energy derived from the belief that Solar Energy is the Cleanest-Safest-Healthiest-Most Secure form of energy available to us Earthlings. At the World Solar Challenge 2013 (about 3000 km between Darwin and Adelaide of Australia), solar cars from 38-40 teams are driven and competed by students from 22 countries. But, keep in mind that behind these dazzling, futuristic looking solar cars, there are many solar enthusiasts supporting the completion of each and every solar car project.  Once every two years, I come to Darwin to soak up the happy energy from these wonderful fellow solar enthusiasts and gather their unique stories, shared below:

1. On the first day that I arrived in Darwin, at the Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex, I’ve come across Mr. Shusei Yamada.

Shusei Yamada-solar car driver, photojournalist, and biodieseladventurer, www.biodieseladventure.com (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Mr. Yamada supports World Solar Challenge 2013 by being one of the drivers for KAITON II of  GoKo High School.

GoKo High School's KAITON II (Japan) (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

Besides his involvement with World Solar Challenge, Mr. Yamada also seeks adventure in another kind of renewable energy (besides solar). Apparently, he established the Biodiesel Adventure Project to support an attempt to drive around the world without using fossil fuels, in a car powered by biodiesel fuel. On December 1, 2008, Mr. Yamada completed his journey around the world in 360 days, totaled  47,853 km, on 6504 liters of cooking oil (supplied by 2496 individuals). Check out www.biodieseladventure.com. To find out more about his project and experience, he may also be reached via email: shusei@ex-station.com .

2. While waiting at the Darwin airport for the flight to Adelaide, Australia, I met an adorable Dutch couple, also waiting to get to Adelaide. As it turned out, they are Marycke and Gerard Seder

Gerard and Marycke Seder (Netherlands), parents of Koan of the Solar Team Twente. (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

from Netherlands and parents of Koan from the Solar Team Twente with The Red Engine.

The Red Engine of the Solar Team Twente (Netherlands) (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After finding out that Gerard teaches math and physics and Marycke enjoys taking beautiful photos, I couldn’t help encouraging them to consider  building a web site of their own, relating subject matters in math and physics with beautiful photos.  Perhaps this lovely couple will collaborate on such project together in the future.  Just remember that Blogger and WordPress have all made it very user-friendly for people to start sharing information online and Google is your friend. Any question one may have regarding how to get something done, just ask Google.

3.  Last but not least of this post is Wubbo Ockels.

Wubbo Ockles of the support crew-adviser of Nuon Solar Team at World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

I can’t believe it! I met the  Dutch physicist,  former astronaut of European Space Agency (ESA), and the first Dutch citizen in space, Wubbo Johannes Ockels! All I saw is some one in the orange Nuon Solar Team’s support crew shirt, with an unassuming manner, and a big happy kid not much different from rest of the students on the solar team from the Netherlands,

Timeless Ritual of Fountain Celebration of Nuon Solar Team, First Place in World Solar Challenge 2013 on Oct. 10, 2013 at Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, Australia (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

full of energy and enthusiasm for life and solar energy.  Dr. Ockels is currently professor of Aerospace for Sustainable Engineering and Technology at the Delft University of Technology.  From the long list of accomplishments of Dr. Ockels, I simply want to highlight two projects associated with energy:

  • First project is Laddermill. A Laddermill is a kind of windmill consisting of ladder of kites as quoted from his web site:  The LadderMill is the response to the challenge for exploiting the gigantic energy source contained in the airspace up to high altitudes of 10 km. The concept has been developed with the aim to convert wind energy at altitude in electricity on the ground in an environmental and cost effective manner.
  • Second project is: Cofounding www.happyenergy.com I encourage you all to visit this site and help to make/spread the Happy Energy Sign the new WorldWide Symbol for  Sustainable & Positive Energy.

Without the exuberance and happy energy of all of these support groups mentioned above and many more (there are over a hundred volunteers locally and thousand throughout the planet earth),

Happily supportive ladies/mothers from the Netherlands and Belgium for World Solar Challenge 2013 (photo credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

World Solar Challenge would not have been possible. So, Hip, Hip, Hurray, for all of you who have been most supportive!

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10 October

NUNA7(Netherlands) Is The First To Arrive At Finish Point of World Solar Challenge 2013

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Nuon Solar Team celebrating their NUNA7 (Delft University of Netherlands) being in the First Place of World Solar Challenge 2013 in their “Victoria Square Fountain Substitute” at Hindmarsh Square of Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

It’s great to see that even the cloudy day such as today would not dampen the enthusiasm of Solar Enthusiasts. Upon arriving at Hindmarsh Square of Adelaide, Australia, we are greeted by the Bridgestone Mascot entertaining youngsters among the crowd. There are even bikes made available by the Adelaide City Council for general public for free rides

Free bike rental made available by Adelaide City Council for Oct. 10, 2013 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

today (Oct. 10, 2013).  What tickled me the most is the Victoria Square Fountain Substitute,

Victoria Square Fountain Substitute, conjured up by the brilliant Nuon Solar Team (students who are taught to think outside of the box) (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

conjured up by Nuon Solar Team students…there is nothing that would be able to stop these students (quite capable of thinking outside of the box) from celebrating their timeless ritual of jumping into the Victoria Square Fountain. Below is the  interview with Professor Wubbo Ockels and member Maarten Frijling of Nuon Solar Team of Delft Unviersity of Technology (Netherlands) after arrival of NUNA7 at the Hindmarsh Square at Adelaide, Australia (filmed by Michael Nunamaker and uploaded by Susan Sun Nunamaker):

 

The Timeless Ritual of Victoria Square Fountain Celebration at World Solar Challenge by the Nuon Solar Team, after NUNA7 arrived First at Hindmarsh Square in Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

There is nothing as infectious as their exuberant laughter and hopping into the Victoria Square Fountain in celebrating a successful project beautifully executed.

Professor Wubbo Ockels carefully places flag of Netherlands on top of NUNA7 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Every One (including the champaign) waits for the driver to ascend out of the NUNA7 so the celebration may officially begin at World Solar Challenge 2013 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the Official Announcement from World Solar Challenge 2013: FLYING DUTCH SHINE THROUGH THE CLOUDS CONTEST FOR SECOND  The Nuon team from Delft University, the flying Dutch in the Netherlands claimed their title back today in the Challenger class as they crossed the finish of timing line first in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge at 10.03 Darwin time. They took 33.05 hours to drive their car, Nuna 7, 3021 kilometres on solar power averaging a speed of 90.71 kilometres per hour.  The jubilant team and support crew celebrated briefly in Angle Vale as their time was recorded before driving to the Official Finish Line in Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Square. Champagne flowed as team did not let the lack of a fountain stop them from the traditional dunking synonymous with the finish line. They’d organised their own wading pool to ensure the tradition continued.  It was a close fought battle until the last 50 kilometres. The gallant team Tokai from Japan gave it all they had. The two teams shared the final checkpoint in Port Augusta just minutes apart. But as the rain came down and the clouds rolled in it became clear the Japanese team in their solar car Tokai Challenger were not going to be able to close the gap. There was drama for Team Tokai who were forced to stop and recharge. They were able to travel slowly into Angle Vale at 1.22 pm Darwin time in a time of 36.37 hours with an average speed of 82.43 kilometres per hour. Team Tokai were not able to proceed to the Official Finish line as they did not have enough solar power to travel at a safe speed in traffic. The question is now whether Team Twente from the Netherlands can reach the finish of timing and continue on to Hindmarsh Square.  Stanford from the US is currently in 4th, Belgium’s Punch Powertrain is in 5th position, followed by Solar Energy Racers who are now south of Port Augusta. Australia’s team Arrow are in 7th position and are expected to cross the finish line around midday tomorrow. Onda Solare from Italy and Blue Sky Solar from Canada are also in top ten position and still proceeding on solar power.  Closing the gap on the Challengers, are the Cruiser Class who left Coober Pedy this morning. Australia’s UNSW Sunswift solar sports car eVe, is now just 50 kilometres behind Team Arrow, followed by the Hochschule Bochum team from Germany and Team Eindhoven from the Netherlands. All Cruisers are expected into Adelaide tomorrow, judging will occur over the weekend.  In the Adventure Class, the Aurora team from Australia continue to dominate closing on many Challenger solar cars. The stage is set for more dramas tomorrow on the final leg to Adelaide. Provisional times & updates will be available following close of day five, 5pm Darwin time.

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