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12 October

First Three Arrivals of Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017 at Adelaide, Australia

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Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017 at Adelaide, Australia (presented at www.sunisthefuture.net)

Crowds awaiting for the arrival of solar cars at Adelaide, Australia (presented at www.sunisthefuture.net)

Finish Line at Adelaide, Australia (presented at www.sunisthefuture.net)

Awaiting for the arrival of solar cars at Adelaide, Australia (presented at www.sunisthefuture.net)

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On this gorgeous Oct. 12, 2017, sun drenched day, Victoria Square at Adelaide, Australia, was filled with enthusiastic solar or vehicle advocates, parents, solar car racers/students from 30 countries, and curious audience, awaiting for the first solar vehicles to arrive. Without further ado, allow me to share the excitement of participants and audience of Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017 at Adelaide, Australia, below:

The first solar vehicle that arrived was Nuna9 of Nuon Solar Team from Netherlands from Netherlands

The second solar vehicle that arrived was Novum of  fromUniversity of Michigan Solar Car Team USA

The third solar vehicle that arrived was Punch Two of Punch Powertrain Solar Team from Belgium.

More photos, videos, and posts about these and other solar vehicles designed, built, and raced by students from 30 countries will be presented in the following posts.

For more on history of World Solar Challenge, please feel free to refer to our previous posts, below:

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11 October

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017-Solar Car Racers Will Arrive Tomorrow In Adelaide

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World Solar Challenge 2015, Parade at Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia (photo of sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, presented at sunisthefuture.net)

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Yes, this is the year to celebrate the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge’s 30th Anniversary in Australia! The event began on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at State Square, in front of the Parliament House of Northern Territory (at 6:00 am-8:30 am, with the first car leaving at 8:30 am) and expect to see the solar car teams arriving at Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga of Adelaide, Australia (between Wednesday, Oct. 11 to Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017).  After teams of students from 30 countries designed and built their own solar cars, they have traversed 3,000 km  between Darwin and Adelaide in 5-8 days, to meet the challenge of 3 classes of World Solar Challenge of 2017: Challenger Class; Cruiser Class; and Adventure Class.

World Solar Challenge was the brain child of solar pioneer Hans Tholstrup and car racer Larry Perkins. In 1982, they embarked on a quest to drive a home-built solar car The Quiet Achiever across Australia from West to East. Hans also enthusiastically urged others to explore and develop solar transport. So, the World Solar Challenge was born. Inaugurated in 1987 with pioneer sponsor, the South Australian Tourism Commission, the World Solar Challenge continues to showcase the development of advanced automotive technology and promote alternatives to conventional vehicle engines.

Using no more than six square meters of solar panels, bright young minds from different parts of the world are on track  in developing efficient solar powered electric vehicles. Every two years, teams from international universities and technical institutes gather with private entrepreneurs at Down Under to promote the knowledge and fact that sun/solar is the future.

 

 

Above are photos and videos from  World Solar Challenge 2015. Keep in mind that these solar car teams will be arriving tomorrow Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Adelaide, Australia. If you will be near Adelaide, check out Victoria Square for views of many interesting designs of solar cars.

To find out the motivation behind organizing this event, please feel free to view the video of an interview with Event Organizer Chris Selwood in 2013, below:


To find out the updated result for all teams and all classes and to see all the solar cars at World Solar Challenge 2017, please click HERE.

To find all the supportive Scientific Faculty behind World Solar Challenge, please click HERE.

For Regulations of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, please click HERE.

For World Solar Challenge web site, please click HERE.

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25 October

A Glorious Day For Solar Car Parade For Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and a Glorious Time For Solar Energy Age

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Glorious Day For Solar Cars Parade at Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan SUn Nunamaker)

Glorious Day For Solar Cars Parade at Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan SUn Nunamaker). It is Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015  (Adelaide time) but Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in some parts of the world.

The Solar Car Parade of World Solar Challenge will start at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 (Adelaide time…although it is still Oct. 24, 2015 in some parts of the world), at Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia. It’s a glorious day for Solar Car Parade and a glorious time for Solar Energy Future!

Solar Car Parade of World Solar Challenge 2015 at Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Solar Car Parade of World Solar Challenge 2015 at Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Below is the video of the Solar Cars that came in on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. A great big applause for all of these teams, students, and supporters for their time, energy, and effort. It’s been a great learning opportunity for all of us! More will be posted and video uploaded later.

 Below is the video of all of the solar cars that participated in World Solar Challenge 2015 Solar Car Parade on Oct. 25, 2015, at the Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia:

You may also be interested in these posts from the past, below:

100% Electric Vehicle and 100% Solar By 2030

Discussion of the Importance of Value of Solar With Karl Rabago

Expanded Discussion of Value of Solar

In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy With Toby D. Couture 

“Solar Tsunami” Shared by the Effervescent Professor Jose Cordeiro of Singularity University During World Future Society 2014 

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24 October

Support For Solar Cars of World Solar Challenge

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Solar Cars on display for spectators and participants of World Solar Challenge 2015 in Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Solar Cars on display for spectators and participants of World Solar Challenge 2015 in Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia, on Saturday, October 24, 2015 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Bridgestone, local volunteers, and event organizer Chris Selwood have all done a terrific job in facilitating for the success of this event, World Solar Challenge 2015. But the reality is that much work, time, energy, and expenses are required for these universities/schools, students, and parents in order for these teams to participate (from research, design, testing, obtaining material, to plane fare and hotel expense, etc.) As a matter of fact, some of the teams that were participating in 2013 are not here in 2015 because of the lack of funding support. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you  some ingenious methods (thought up by students and participants of WSC2015) of obtaining funding for future participation in World Solar Challenges.

First Method Example: Owl of Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle Project from Japan Is For Sale !!!

Owl of Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle Project from Japan, Winner of the Cruiser Class in World Solar Challenge 2015 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Owl of Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle Project from Japan, Winner of the Cruiser Class in World Solar Challenge 2015 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

A Historical Moment has arrived! The solar vehicle that has just come in first in the Cruiser Class of World Solar Challenge 2015, by Kogakuin University, is now selling it as a way to raise fund for future World Solar Challenge races. It is designed with a family in mind, traveling up to 100 km/h and with a carrying capacity for four. Any car collectors, car dealerships, educational institutions, or solar businesses would have a wonderful opportunity to acquire/showcase/support solar projects by considering to purchase this vehicle. If any of you out there is interested, please contact the Kogakuin Universtiy Solar Vehicle Project via email: kogakuin.solarcar@gmail.com

A shout out to Jay Leno (well known American talk show host who has a passion for collecting cars and is now running a show call Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC)! Jay, this is the car for your show to usher in our Renewable/Solar Energy Age!!! Let’s all tweet to Jay: @jayleno  and @LenosGarage to help him realize this fantastic opportunity at World Solar Challenge!

If any other Solar Car Teams will be interested in raising fund in this manner, please keep Sun Is The Future informed so we can help you to let the world know that there is such opportunity for car enthusiasts and organizations to obtain Solar Cars !

Second Method Example: Solis Bellator of Liberty Christian School Solar Car Team from U.S.A.

Above is a student (Cameron Mutis, the media consultant of Solis Bellator) from Liberty Christian School of Argyle, TX (of USA). These students are amazing! They simply got dressed and pitched at various organizations, companies, and individuals to gather $150,000 then designed, made, and participated in World Solar Challenge 2015. In this process, they have not only learned about the building of a solar car, but also various aspects of locating resources and funding an organization or project. What they have accomplished is not easy, especially when you consider that some of the other university solar car teams are running on a budget of multiple millions of dollars and with guidance from industries. I suspect their teacher/coach Brent Dragoo had contributed much to the success of the team, for between Oct. 20-21, their charge controller died and they had to order another from the company in Brisbane to overnight it to Coober Pedy. Truly resourceful! If you should be interested in helping to support this school and/or their solar car project, please feel free to contact Liberty Christian School at 940-294-2000 (USA) and/or Donate (with Designation specified for “solar car“)

Third Method Example: Fund Raising Campaigns globally via various Crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter, etc. Remember that there are a lot of crowdfunding platforms out there. You may find one or more most suitable for your particular situation/school by googling. Keep in mind that tips on how to start or run a successful campaign may be obtained via youtube. Incredible as it may seem, one of the well known solar campaigns funded via indiegogo was by an Idaho (USA) couple who were designing for Solar Roadway. They were asking for $1 million but ended up receiving slightly more than $2 million by the end of the whole campaign. When any one team is running a campaign, it is important to try to let as many people know about the motivation and duration of the campaign. Sun Is The Future would be gladly help to assist in letting the world know about your campaign. But it is crucial that individual solar car team would set up their own campaign and provide their own web site with appropriate contact information before contacting Sun Is The Future at sunisthefuture@gmail.com . Sun Is The Future will help to promote campaigns but would not be involved with the collection of donations.

May there always be plentiful beautiful Sunshine and sufficient funds for these beautiful Solar Cars for many many more decades to come….

More coverage on World Solar Challenge 2015 in the coming posts and at our youtube channel….

~have a bright and sunny day~

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23 October

Solar Cars of Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015 Arriving At Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia on Oct. 23, 2015

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Today is another day of perfect temperature to watch our hope for the future, the Solar Future, to roll into Victoria Square, at Adelaide, Australia. These students from across the globe have spent countless hours to prepare, research, design, test, and improve their solar cars. Regardless which position their car has arrived in, the simple fact that they are here, in Adelaide, Australia, participating in World Solar Challenge 2015, means that they have won. They have won the experience of working on a team project, learning that many segments of the project is always taking more time than anticipated, and realizing that one always has to continue learning and refining one’s skill and knowledge. Finally, in arriving at the appreciation for power of the Sun. Allow me to share with you, this video of about 18 solar cars crossing the ceremonial finish line at Victoria Square at Adelaide, Australia, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, below:

 

 

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22 October

Winning Solar Cars of World Solar Challenge 2015 On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

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It’s a beautiful sunny day (Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015) for all the Solar Cars to head toward Adelaide, Australia. While the red carpet is being set up for these winners,

Red Carpet awaits for all the Solar Cars of World Solar Challenge 2015 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Red Carpet awaits for all the Solar Cars of World Solar Challenge 2015 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

the solar energy users/drivers, clouds start to disperse to allow the sun shine through. The first solar car that arrived is Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team (Team #3 from Netherlands) and the second is the Red One of Solar Team Twente (Team #21 from Netherlands). Followed by Tokai Challenger of Tokai University (Team #10 from Japan) in the third, Aurum of University of Michigan Solar Car Team (Team #2 from USA) in the fourth, Punch One of Punch Powertrain Solar Team (Team #8 from Belgium) in the fifth, Arctan of Stanford Solar Car Project  (Team #16 from USA) in the sixth, and MegaLux of GAMF Hungary (Team #23 from Hungary). Video below is a record of all of these winning solar cars (each solar car is allotted 2 minutes of presentation) that arrived at Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015:


After having covered the World Solar Challenge for the third time/sixth year, I have to declare that the Dutch (from Netherlands) really know how to party and race solar cars! Not only are the first two places being occupied by the Dutch, Nuon Solar Team is coming in first this year and last time (2013).Their enthusiasm is infectious. Their energy level is uplifting. For centuries, the Dutch have had to deal with much of their endowed geographic position below the sea level. Such rigorous trials and tribulations may have contributed to their engineering prowess reflected in their design for solar cars. So goes the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This year one person, Professor Wubbo Ockels, from the Nuon Solar Team, is conspicuously missing. After talking to the team members, I found out that Professor Ockels passed away in 2014. Professor Ockels, we hope that you are enjoying World Solar Challenge 2015 from up there, cheering and laughing with all of us. In his memory, I’d like to invite you all to view this post and visit www.happyenergy.com .

Tokai University and University of Michigan have been perennial top finishers for many years. Stanford University’s Stanford Solar Car Project,  Punch Powertrain Solar Team, and GAMF Hungary have all made great strides. These teams have given much hope for all of those who participate in World Solar Challenge. As the world of solar energy technology continues to evolve, much remains to be seen for future races. For example,  perovskite-based solar technology may bring huge gains to solar cells in the future. If interested, please refer to these  links below for more on perovskite-based solar technology:

  1. Dr. Christopher Case (of Oxford PV) Discusses Game-Changing Future Transformer of Solar Power Generation-Perovskite Based Solar Cell Technology
  2. Dr. Henry Snaith Believes That We May Have Entirely Clean Energy In Five Years
  3. Perovskite Solar Cell Technology of Oxford PV-the Potential Gamer Changer

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20 October

World Solar Challenge 2015 Is In Progress

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It took a bit more time for Sun Is The Future team to upload this particular video above because we’re trying something new…a bit of time spent for learning curve. We want to make sure that all teams’ solar cars would be presented/included here. Hope you have or will enjoy this video above. Please feel free to share it with others. We have so far reached readers/viewers in 193 countries. We want every single nation on earth think about using solar energy! Help us to spread the Sunshine!

We would also like to take this opportunity to share a terrific concept (–>Click), Value of Solar, succinctly explained by Karl Rabago. Value of Solar is the most cost effective and fair way for our world to transition into a sustainable future quickly. If you’d like to have a more in-depth understanding of Value of Solar, please also visit (–>Click) Expanded Discussion on Value of Solar and/or contact Karl Rabago at: karl@rabagoenergy.com.

Day 2, Oct. 19, 2015, the reports below:

 

Day 3, Oct. 20, 2015, the report below:

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, we’ve been informed that Red One of Solar Team Twente (Team #21 from Netherlands), is leading and the Nuna8 of Nuon Solar Team (Team #3 from Netherlands) are only separated by 2 kms ( Pretty amazing consider the fact that they’ve traveled 2,160 kms. ), passing Alice Springs. Then followed by Aurum of Univeristy of Michigan Solar Car Team (Team #2 from United States). There’s been alternating leading team, so it remains to be seen as to which team will be the first to arrive in Adelaide either tomorrow (Wed., Oct. 21, 2015) or the day after (Thurs., Oct. 22, 2015).

Besides the three leaders in the Challenger Class listed above, the leaders in Cruiser Class are: Owl of Kogakuin University (Team #88 from Japan), Stella Lux of Solar Team Eindhoven (Team #40 from Netherlands), and Sun Riser of HS Bochum SolarCar Team (Team #11 from Germany).

And the leaders of Adventure Class are: Sundancer of Houston Solar Race Team (Team #20 from United States), Solis Bellator of Liberty Solar Car Team (Team #34 from United States), and TAFE SA Solar Spirit of TAFE SA Solar Spirit (Team #42 from Australia).

For a more complete list of all solar cars’ positions, please click HERE.

We will look forward to seeing all the teams finishing at Victoria Square at Adelaide, Australia, on Wednesday (Oct. 21, 2015) or Thursday, (Oct. 22, 2015).

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17 October

Cars of The Future-Solar Cars Will Take On Challenges Between Darwin & Adelaide, Australia, During Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015

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World Solar Challenge Route (courtesy of World Solar Challenge)

World Solar Challenge Route (courtesy of World Solar Challenge)


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As solar energy and solar car enthusiasts, and solar car racers and teams from all corners of the globe converge upon Darwin, Australia, awaiting for the first day of this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015, these 44 teams from 25 countries/regions are taking on the ultimate endurance challenge in the harshest of climates to demonstrate to the world that our automotive future will be shaped by the solar energy. This 3,000 kilometer event between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia, will begin from the State Square (in front of the Parliament House) of Darwin, Australia, on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., and the leading cars are expected to arrive late on Wednesday (Oct. 21, 2015) or early Thursday (Oct. 22, 2015), finishing at the City of Adelaide’s Victoria Square, Australia.

To give you a feel of what these solar cars might be like, allow me to present to you what took place during the last race, World Solar Challenge 2013, below:

In case you’re wondering who was/is the organizer of this energizing event, let’s take a look at what the event organizer Mr. Chris Selwood said during World Solar Challenge 2013, below:

 Historically, this event is full of enthusiasts for solar and renewable energy, imbued with much spirit of collaboration, learning, and innovation. Let’s get a closer look at some of these participants and solar cars from previous race in 2013, below:

  1. World Solar Challenge (Solar Car Race) 2013-Day 1
  2. NUNA7 (netherlands) Is The First To Arrive at Finish Point of World Solar Challenge 2013
  3. Necessary Supports For World Solar Challenge 2013
  4. World Solar Challenge 2013 Final Result
  5. World Solar Challenge 2013 Event Update

The Cruiser Class was added for the first time in 2013 and its winner in 2013 was Stella, below:

(There are now three classes in the race: Challenger, Cruiser, Adventure)

 Since last race in 2013, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of entries for Cruiser Class (up to 11 in 2015). For a complete list of all the entering solar cars this year–>click HERE.

For an overview of this race so far (thanks to Bridgestone), please take a look at these videos below:

    1. World Solar Challenge 2015 Introduction, below:

         2. Day 1 Report of World Solar Challenge 2015 (prior to the race) , below:


3. Day 2 Report of World Solar Challenge 2015 (prior to the race), below:

  4. Day 3 Report of World Solar Challenge 2015 (prior to the race):

Here, at Sun Is The Future, we wish all participating teams a good night’s rest and a great journey! Keep in mind that we earthlings all owe a great deal to these energizing people for being the forerunners of the Solar/Renewable Future! More will be reported on World Solar Challenge 2015 in future posts.

 ~have a bright and sunny day~

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6 May

Tindo, World’s First Solar eBus

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I’ve been wanting to share this piece with you for quite some time now because transportation is responsible for almost a third of the CO2 emissions in most developed nations. So I was thrilled to find out about Tindo, the world’s first Solar Electric Bus that are being used every day by the people of Adelaide, Australia, through the Adelaide City Council’s free Adelaide Connector Bus service.

Tindo, the Kauma Aboriginal name for sun, is the culmination of the Adelaide City Council’s eight-year project to deliver a pure electric community bus. Adelaide’s air conditioned 40-seater and low-maintenance Tindo solar ebus is designed by DesignLine International, a New Zealand company. Green public transportation such as Tindo solar ebus is one of the ways to help mitigate global warming. Tindo is recharged using solar PV system at the Adelaide Central Bus station.  The solar PV system on the Bus Station’s roof is currently Adelaide’s largest grid-connected system, generating 70,000 kWh (or 70 MWh)of zero carbon emissions electricity each year to offset the total energy required to recharge Tindo’s batteries. Much of the funding for this $550,000 solar PV system was  provided by the Australian Government through the Adelaide Solar City program, with the Adelaide City Council also committing significant funding. Adelaide City Council looks forward to the future when a fleet of solar buses will be serving throughout the city of Adelaide.

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26 March

The Magnificent Solar Project of Royal Adelaide Showground of Australia

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I’ve got quite a treat for you today!

Panoramic view of Adelaide Showground Solar Panels at Rooftop (generating 1,400 megawatt-hour of solar electricity every year) (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Besides the Australian Federal Solar Incentives and Australian State Feed-In-Tariffs, Australian government also provided other forms of encouragement for solar/renewable energy projects. In 2008, Premier Mike Rann announced the $8 million investment in the largest rooftop solar installation to take place at The Royal Adelaide Showground (locally known as the Wayville Showground). The Showground is located in the inner-southern Adelaide suburb of Wayville, just south of Greenhill Road. It is bordered by Goodwood Road (east), Leader Street (south), the railway line (west) and Rose Terrace (north). The Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia (RAHS) has controlled the site since the 1920s, the land having been purchased by the South Australian government prior to the First World War. The Royal Adelaide Showground  moved to the present site in 1925. The Adelaide Showground has one of the largest under-cover exhibition spaces in the Southern Hemisphere, hosting over 140 exhibitions and conferences,  attracting over 1.3 million visitors each year. From its 3.5 million liter underground water tanks to its solar installation generating 1,400 megawatt hour of solar electricity each year (equivalent to the capacity of powering 250 South Australian homes, powering 40% of the total average annual Showground’s power needs, saving 1,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emission annually), Adelaide Showground is arguably the most environmentally friendly multi-purpose venue in Australia. It also provides a valuable educational resource for the wider community (check out its Solar Power Meter below, rarely seen at any other solar rooftop installations).

We were quite fortunate to have Mr. Ross Hocking of The Adelaide Showground, showing us the Showground, talking about its history, power generation, and showing us the simple but wonderfully educational Solar Power Meter

Adelaide Showground's Solar Power Meter, indicating the solar panels are functioning at about 40% of the maximum capacity...pretty good efficiency level for a cloudy day! Standing next to the Solar Power Meter, our technical advisor at Sun Is The Future, Mr. Michael Nunamaker (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Ross Hocking of Adelaide Showground (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

that I have never seen at any other solar installation sites. It is easy to see the pride of the local people in their Royal Adelaide Showground solar rooftop through the eyes of Mr. Ross Hocking.

The project is the first MW-scale industrial rooftop  solar plant in Australia and the first commercial installation of First Solar Cd-Te thin film technology. The total area of the panels is 9,239 square-meters, installed on six buildings: Goyder, Jubilee, Wayville, Dairy/Goat Pavilions, Duncan Gallery, and Ridley Center. 12,612 First Solar 77.5 watt thin film CdTe modules, manufactured in Malaysia, and 108 Suntech 210 watt polycrystalline Si modules, manufactured in China, were installed on northern facades, Jubilee and Goyder Pavilions and screens. It took just three months to complete. The system is divided into 184 sub-systems, each is monitored for power production. The thin film technology chosen for this project has better temperature tolerance than typical mono- or poly- crystalline panels. These panels are warrantied for 25 years, but are expected to last at least 30-40 years. Its estimated average 1,400 annual power production will generate a gross saving of approximately $126,000 pa. Furthermore, as an Accredited Power Station, Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) are received for MW’s generated, estimated at about $46,000 (traded at market value).

Adelaide Showground layout, where multiple pavilions have solar installations either on the rooftop or on the side of the building (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Adelaide Showground Solar Panels at Duncan Gallery (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adelaide Showground rooftop solar panels seen on multiple pavilions' rooftops (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adelaide Showground solar rooftop (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation of the solar panels and associated systems was managed by building and engineering company Built Environs in partnership with grid-connect solar systems provider Solar Shop Australia. Usually the panels are washed once a year. Maintenance was contracted for the first ten years by the systems integrators, Solar Shop Australia Pty Ltd, to ensure the correct functioning of all structural and electrical components.

Once again, we see the importance of effective government policy and/or actions that would benefit both the consumers and growth of solar energy industry, insuring local economic prosperity while solving a nation’s concern for energy security and environmental quality. Australian government and politicians have accomplished a great deal. Bravo!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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

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