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, (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 To find out more about his project and experience, he may also be reached via email: .

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 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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