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27 October

Please Support These Solar Car Teams

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After much careful consideration, I’ve decided to still post this piece on “Please Support These Solar Car Teams“. I want to clarify that these teams come from  cultural backgrounds that do not complain much nor easily request for assistance from others.  Therefore, none of the teams nor their team leaders had asked me to post this piece. It is based on other sources and my personal observations that had brought me to the conclusion. I would also like to remind every one that the goal of these challenges, whether it be World Solar Challenges, American Solar Challenges, Abu Dhabi Solar Challenges, SaSol Solar Challenges of South Africa, the purpose is to stimulate learning opportunities, exchange ideas to stimulate the growth of Solar Energy, and help our future generations to transition into  solar energy quickly. In order to help our planet to transition into a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable place to live in, we need to help all continents and countries to transition into EV (Electric Vehicle) and Solar Energy Age. So, I am taking this opportunity to shout out to electric vehicle companies such as Tesla Motors, Nissan, BYD, Ford, General Motors, etc. to ask for assistance for these teams in whichever way possible.

First: the two new solar cars from South Africa- Sirius X25 of North West University and Hulamin-iKlwa of University of Qwa Zulu Natal are the first and only two entrants from Africa. Both of these two teams are on very tight budget. They represent our hope for the solar future in the African continent, a place with much future growth potential.

WSC2015-Sirius X25 of North West University from South Africa (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

WSC2015-Sirius X25 of North West University from South Africa (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

WSC2015-Hulamin-iKlwa of University of Qwa Zulu Natal from South Africa (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

WSC2015-Hulamin-iKlwa of University of Qwa Zulu Natal from South Africa (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Second: first entrant from China-Sun Shuttle of Beijing Institute of Technology entered for the second time. Contrary to what some other bloggers presumed, Sun Shuttle hardly had any support this time. It’s amazing that they actually made it to WSC2015! For the good of the planet, it is critical for the Chinese to transition into EV (electric vehicle) and Solar EV future, because China is inhabited by one fifth of the earth’s population. A cleaner China will translate into a cleaner planet earth!

WSC2015-Sun Shuttle from Beijing Institute of Technology of China (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

WSC2015-Sun Shuttle from Beijing Institute of Technology of China, with Professor Zhang You-tong (with sunglasses) and students (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Third: Aurora of Aurora Vehicle Association has entered every World Solar Challenge since 1987 until this year (2015). Apparently Aurora’s loss of its garage workspace further led to dramatic decrease in membership of the organization. It would be a pity not to see Aurora of Aurora Vehicle Association, the most competitive entrant of our hosting country Australia, in the future. It would feel as though part of the tradition of World Solar Challenge has been lost.

WSC2015-Aurora of Aurora Solar Vehicle Association with its loyal member and Chairman Martin Brook (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

WSC2015-Aurora of Aurora Solar Vehicle Association with its loyal member and Chairman Martin Brook (email: martin.brook@aurorasolarcar.com)(credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

I hope all electric vehicle companies, solar enthusiasts, car enthusiasts, or simply any one who is interested in protecting our planet from pollution and accelerated climate change would reach out to these universities and organizations mentioned above, to show interest in helping these solar car teams.

More posts about World Solar Challenge 2015 will be coming.

As I’ve previously mentioned in an earlier post:  If any solar car team needs to have a fund raising campaign, Sun Is The Future would be gladly help  in letting the world know about your fund raising 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.

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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1 January

Become a Participant or Sponsor For Formula Sun 2015

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Formula Sun 2015 Regulations

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Please click on Formula Sun 2015 Regulations to review details of the 44-page Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) 2015 Regulations.

The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) is hosted by the Innovators Educational Foundation. It  promotes and celebrates educational excellence and engineering creativity. Fueled by the spirit of friendly competition and teamwork, the FSGP event champions the creative integration of technical and scientific expertise across a range of exciting disciplines (such as engineering, mathematics, sciences, businesses, in multi-disciplined experiential learning and in subsequent careers.)  The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) is an annual track race that is held on grand prix or road style closed courses. This unique style of solar car racing is open to teams from universities and colleges around the world and truly tests the limits of the vehicles in handling curves, braking, and acceleration.

On years when the American Solar Challenge (ASC) is held, FSGP serves as the qualifier race for this competition. Teams must successfully complete FSGP to prove their vehicles before they are allowed to start the cross-country ASC journey. Below, you will see videos (filmed by Michael Nunamaker, interviewed, edited, and uploaded by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker) of some of the solar cars and students that had participated during the ASC (Americal Solar Challenge) 2012:


Part 2 of 2 of this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aAgXIdDA-w

The racing strategy applied during the three day FSGP track event is different than the cross-country ASC event. Driver training, passing strategy, and quick pit stops are crucial for teams racing in FSGP. It’s also essential to have a diligent team member in the timing booth and follow all of the rules of the track to ensure all laps get counted.

The winner of FSGP is determined by the total number of laps completed over the three days of racing. The team that completes the fastest single lap around the track is also recognized in the awards ceremony. If your university is interested in entering the next FSGP competition, please visit the Formula Sun 2015 Regulations of the event.

Please keep in mind that the Registration Deadlines is on p.7 of the Formula Sun Regulations. We will keep you posted of its location and date of the actual race in future post:

  1. Initial registration package is due: March 1, 2015
  2. Technical Documents are due: April 1, 2015
  3. Track registration package is due: April 1, 2015

A special note for Innovators Educational Foundation: It is a 501(c)(3) organization that is supported with 100% volunteers from all across the United States. These volunteers gave/give their time freely, understanding the importance of education and the impact that real experiences have in a learning environment. For information on how you and your organization can support their effort, please visit their sponsorship page.

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30 December

Announcing American Solar Challenge 2014!

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Please show your support for Renewable Energy by visiting-signing-sharing Renewable-FIT For Sunshine State!

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American Solar Challenge 2012, Oregon State University near finish line (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

I can’t wait to let you know about the American Solar Challenge 2014 (ASC/FSGP 2014) scheduled to take place in July of 2014.  The 2014 American Solar Challenge is going to be an 8 day 1700+ mile road course traveling through 7 states from Austin, TX to St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN.  Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP 2014) will be returning to the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX!  COTA provided excellent facilities and served as a great host for FSGP 2013.

Just a quick reminder of what happened last time at American Solar Challenge 2012, video of some special moments at ASC2012 (1 of 2) below:


Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (2 of 2) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aAgXIdDA-w

 

For photo coverage post on participating universities at American Solar Challenge 2012, click on–> ASC2012 Photos.

Below is the ASC Route and Schedule Overview. Exact locations of stage/checkpoints are still being finalized.

  • Mon, July 21: Start in Austin, TX with a checkpoint in (TBD), TX
  • Tue, July 22: Arrive at stage stop in Norman, OK
  • Wed, July 23: Depart Norman, OK with a checkpoint in Wichita, KS
  • Thu, July 24: Arrive at stage stop in Overland Park, KS
  • Fri, July 25: Depart Overland Park, KS and arrive at stage stop in Omaha, NE
  • Sat, July 26: Depart Omaha, NE with a checkpoint in Ames, IA
  • Sun, July 27: Arrive at stage stop in La Crosse, WI
  • Mon, July 28: Finish in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN

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13 April

Hear! Hear! Time For Solar Vehicles To Shine, With The Help From President Obama’s “Energy Security Trust”

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I am very pleased to find out about President Obama’s effort in creating the “Energy Security Trust” in a unique way. In one of his weekly addresses (this one took place on March 16, 2013, in Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL

Argonne National Laboratory, aerial view, creative commons

), he discussed the need to harness American energy in order to reduce our dependence on oil and make the United States a magnet for new jobs. He highlights his all-of-the-above approach to American energy, including a proposal to establish an Energy Security Trust, which invests in research in new technologies that will help shift our cars and trucks off of oil. This trust would be funded by royalties from oil and gas operations on federal lands and in the Gulf of  Mexico. Below, is a clip of President Obama’s weekly address on this particular topic:

Based on the fact that Sun Is The Future graced the cover of slashdot.org when we covered solar car race, I trust that you’ve enjoyed our  World Solar Challenge and American Solar Challenge coverage in the past. To jostle your memory, recall these links:

  1. some of our World Solar Challenge of 2011 coverage:  Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 Open Ceremony, Quantum of Univ of MI at WSC2011, Interview of Chris Selwood of WSC2011, Arrival of Nuna 6- Netherland at WSC2011, Arrival of Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team’s BO GT (Germany),
  2. some of our American Solar Challenge of 2012 coverage: Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (1 of 2 ), (2 of 2 ).
  3. Solar Car Is The Car of the Future: Which Is Better: Solar Powered EV or Biofuel Powered Car ?

So, students, researchers, scientists, and engineers in solar industry, let’s work toward a future for more cost effective Solar Cars ! For a taste of what future solar cars might look like….

Take a look at an example of Solar Car (Iowa State University’s Hyperion during ASC2012, photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Oregon State University’s solar car at American Solar Challenge 2012 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker) 

University of MN’s solar car of American Solar Challenge 2012 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

A look of the German Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team BO GT of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

Tafe SA’s Solar Spirit of Australia during World Solar Challenge 2011(photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 March

Let’s Take A Look At Solar Feed-In-Tariff WorldWide

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I’ve been quite busy this past week setting up Sun Is The Future Online Stores, which may also be found in the right hand margin under Information (below the search box). There has been so much news and activities in the solar world that I shall be posting frequently in the coming week. For those of you who have been with Sun Is The Future for over two years, you probably realize that I am a strong  proponent/ supporter for Solar/Renewable Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) policy.  To refresh our memory of some of our past posts:

Why FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) ?

Periodically, I still receive emails from viewers/visitors asking “what is feed-in-tariff?” Below is a clip of explanation of what FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) incentive policy is in its simplest form, by R. James Woolsey, on July 15, 2011.


Who Supports FITs (Feed-In-Tariff) ?

In addition to my collection of posts at www.sunisthefuture.net , I would like to share with you some valuable links/articles sent by my renewable/wind energy friend, Paul Gipe, below:

Finally, a wonderful resource from NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory): A Policymaker’s Guide To Feed-In-Tariff Policy Design and the latest addition to my treasure chest for Feed-In-Tariff, a web site that contains worldwide updates on Solar Feed-In-Tariffs (below, its screenshot): http://www.solarfeedintariff.net

www.solarfeedintariff.net

With the dramatic decrease in cost of solar modules/panels and various natural disasters in recent years, even without any subsidies, there are plenty of reasons to utilize solar energy. But if FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) were implemented, this policy would provide greater incentive for people, in general, to remain connected to the grid and increase the chance of greater economic stability for our society. Since there are varied circumstances from state to state, I would like to implore all state legislative bodies to seriously consider FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) for Renewable Energies within his/her particular state.

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15 August

“Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (2 of 2)” produced by sunisthefuture.net

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Due to the limitation (less than 20 minutes) YouTube has placed on sunisthefuture channel at the moment, I had to split the “Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012” into two parts: part 1 is posted for August 14, 2012, and part 2 is posted for August 15, 2012, at http://sunisthefuture.net .  Hope you have/will enjoy viewing these two parts of first movie production (w/music) here at sunisthefuture.net , sharing the trials, tribulations,  joy, and exuberant energy of participants of American Solar Challenge 2012.   One thing is for certain: it is the cooperative spirit and perpetual optimism of solar energy enthusiasts/industry (also seen among ASC2012 participants) that had brought down the cost of solar energy this past decade.

It is with both pleasure and excitement that I’d like to unveil the video of today, “Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012  (2 of 2)”, for this is the first time for me  to use movie/video editing software.  I’ve learned that one needs to be relentless in cutting footage and meticulous in tapering the music at the beginning and ending of each segment.  I’ve even explored many sites online  for royalty free music (available at Pond5) and discovered that  background music makes tremendous difference in the final product. There is definitely still much more to be learned.  After spending much time editing  various footage, synchronizing and fading in or fading out of the music, and overcoming  frustration in having to deal with instability with certain movie making software, I’ve moved on to Adobe Premier Pro (much more reliable and time-saving).  But for the moment, take a look at this clip below and compare it to the twenty-six videos already uploaded at sunisthefuture Youtube Channel (footages prior to yours truly’s attempt at compositing and adding  of music) and either leave a comment below or email me at sunisthefuture@gmail.com to let me know of your preference or suggestions.  Without further ado, let’s share these very special moments, below:

In the “Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012″, I selected only the most memorable moments (such as University of Michigan’s hydroplaning experience, Oregon State University’s picking up a cat and named it Tesla (in 1 of 2), Illinois State University’s encountering Ohio state police and receiving donuts in exchange for wearing hats, Principia College’s breaking their own record on speed of repair work, etc.) that occurred during this solar car race;those of you who were interviewed may still be able to find the uncut and uncomposited versions at sunisthefuture Youtube Channel.  Please be very forgiving of my first time working with Adobe Premier Pro.  Nevertheless, I am  pleased with the fact that I can actually refer to myself as a producer, for the first time, in sharing these special moments of energized solar enthusiasts…driven by the magical dust of  sunshine.

Be sure to also check out the part 1 of 2 of “Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012” posted on August 14, 2012, of http://sunisthefuture.net .

Any of your comments, suggestions, concerns, and questions are welcomed below or via sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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14 August

“Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (1 of 2)” produced by sunisthefuture.net

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It is with both pleasure and excitement that I’d like to unveil the video of today, “Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (1 of 2) posted under August 14, 2012 and (2 of 2) will be posted under August 15, 2012) “, for this is the first time for me  to use movie/video editing software.  I’ve learned that one needs to be relentless in cutting footage and meticulous in tapering the music at the beginning and ending of each segment.  I’ve even explored many sites online  for royalty free music and discovered that  background music makes tremendous difference in the final product. There is definitely still much more to be learned.  After spending much time editing  various footage, synchronizing and fading in or fading out of the music, and overcoming  frustration in having to deal with instability with certain movie making software, I’ve moved on to Adobe Premier Pro (much more reliable and time-saving).  But for the moment, take a look at this clip below and compare it to the twenty-six videos already uploaded at sunisthefuture Youtube Channel (footages prior to yours truly’s attempt at compositing and adding  of music) and either leave a comment below or email me at sunisthefuture@gmail.com to let me know of your preference or suggestions.  In the “Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012”, I selected only the most memorable moments (such as University of Michigan’s hydroplaning experience, Oregon State University’s picking up a cat and named it Tesla, Illinois State University’s encountering Ohio state police and receiving donuts in exchange for wearing hats, Principia College’s breaking their own record on speed of repair work, etc.) that occurred during this solar car race;those of you who were interviewed may still be able to find the uncut and uncomposited versions at sunisthefuture Youtube Channel.  Please be very forgiving of my first time working with Adobe Premier Pro.  Nevertheless, I am  pleased with the fact that I can actually refer to myself as a producer, for the first time, in sharing these special moments of energized solar enthusiasts…driven by the magical dust of  sunshine.  I would also like to thank my hubby Michael Nunamaker for being very helpful in playing the part of  a camera man and technical support whenever I needed an extra hand.  Of course, this short film would not have been possible without all of those who sponsored and participated in American Solar Challenge 2012 (July 14, 2012-July 21, 2012).   I look forward to producing more films for solar energy events in the future.  Finally, due to the fact that I was learning to use 4-5 different pieces of software these past few days, I had to delay posting quite a few articles until the coming week. Keep checking because there will be quite a few new articles about various aspects of progress made in solar energy industry.  Without further ado, “Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (1 of 2)”, below, and “Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (2 of 2) will soon follow (will be posted on August 15, 2012 at http://sunisthefuture.net):


This is a composite of most special moments of American Solar Challenge (ASC) 2012, filmed near the finish line, the Capitol Building of St. Paul, MN., on July 21, 2012.  Footage are filmed mostly by Michael Nunamaker (segment on driver Larry Chan of University of MN is filmed by Susan Sun Nunamaker), interviewed, edited, and uploaded by Susan Sun Nunamaker of Sun Is The Future at http://sunisthefuture.net of Susan Sun Nunamaker. This is a project out of appreciation and belief in solar energy as the most promising CLEAN energy for the future of earthlings. We would like to share the trials, tribulations, and special moments of all participating schools (University of Michigan, Iowa State University, Western Michigan University, Principia College, MIT, CalSol/University of CA-Berkeley, University of Minnesota, Oregon State University, Illinois State University, Montreal Polytechnique, New Paltz/State Universtiy of NY, Michigan State University) students, and alumni during the American Solar Challenge (ASC) of 2012.  The film has demonstrated the enthusiasm, cooperative spirit, and perpetual optimism pervasive among those involved with solar energy/industry. This is a car race of the most special kind, running on solar energy. We look forward to many more years of covering this special race.

For your viewing pleasure, I have edited/combined 26 videos in order to complete this film. Due to the purchased royalty free music added, this particular film will be under the Standard YouTube License rather than the Creative Commons License.  I hope you will enjoy viewing it. If you’d like to get hold of the video under Creative Commons License, the original (uncomposited, without music) 26 video clips can be found at sunisthefuture YouTube Channel at:    http://www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture?feature=results_main

“Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (2 of 2)” will be posted under August 15, 2012.
Again, any of your comments, questions, suggestions, concerns will be welcomed below or via sunisthefuture@gmail.com

P.S. If any of you have any learning experience from working with Adobe After Effects, I’d appreciate any pointer or helpful links. Thank you.

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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

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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  .


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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.

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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~

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

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