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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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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….

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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.

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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)

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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.

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

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18 August

Announcing the Upcoming World Solar Challenge 2013

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I simply cannot contain  myself when I heard the news! 2013 is going to be an amazing year for the World Solar Challenge (WSC)! The CEO of the South Australian Motor Sports Board, Mark Warren, announced on World Environment Day, June 5, 2013, not only the new classes and regulations for WSC, but the largest number of entries EVER in the history of World Solar Challenge! Yes, the new WSC is set to sizzle with the record breaking 43 teams from 24 countries, preparing to take on the Aussie outback in the 3,000 kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide between October 6-13, 2013.

The New Regulations of World Solar Challenge 2013 (<—click)

The three new classes (provided by WSC2013) are:

  1. Challenger Class: The slick, single seat aerodynamic vehicles making up the ‘Challenger class’, will be contested between the mostly big budget, solar powered elite, and line honours will go to the first car to travel 3,000 kilometres in a single stage across Australia under solar power. A major difference this year, however, is that they’ll have to do it on a four wheels, not three.
  2. Cruiser Class: This class is in deference to those teams who commit to the ideals of building a car that will never be the first across the line. Their goal is not speed but practicality. Inspired by the 2009 German entry, ‘Bo-Cruiser‘ and their successor ‘SolarWorldGT

    SolarWorld GT of Germany at World Solar Challenge 2011 at Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, photographer)

    which circumnavigated the globe, teams in this class will be seeking to employ advanced technology and materials to create more traditional road vehicles. The cruisers will have the option of overnight charging at select locations and will be scored according to their energy efficiency and practical design features by a panel of judges.

  3. Adventure Class: This class targets first time entrants often with lower budgets who are still developing their solar technology and encourages participation and learning on a global stage Route Map of World Solar Challenge (3,000 km between Darwin in the Northern Territory and travels the Stuart Highway to Port Augusta and then via Highway 1 to the finish line in the City of Adelaide in South Australia, October 6-13, 2013)  As we await for this inspiring event of 2013, let me share an interview with the event organizer, Mr. Chris Selwood, during World Solar Challenge 2011, about the premise behind the World Solar Challenge, below:


 

Winning team of World Solar Challenge 2011, Tokai University's TokaiChallenger 2 from Japan, First to arrive at Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia in Oct. of 2011 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, photographer)

Nuon Solar Team from Netherland at Adelaide, Australia, 2nd winning team at World Solar Challenge 2011 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, photographer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We threw down the gauntlet asking designers to push the limits of new technology and innovation by creating three new formalized classes. We wanted to ensure our event remained at the forefront of technology driving experienced teams and industry sponsors to exceed past results and at the same time inspire newcomers. Their response has been a resounding, bring it on!” Mr. Warren said. “We now have the makings of our most competitive field ever-in terms of time, speed, energy efficiency and innovation. All our top contenders are back to chase line honors. The changes also mean teams in both Challenger and Cruiser classes will be competing in brand new cars.” “Last year’s winners from Tokai University in Japan Tokai Challenger are looking for their third straight victory and former champions, Nuon Solar Team from the Netherlands, who had to be satisfied with second in 2011, are working furiously on Nuna 7, vowing to fight until the finish to get the gold back to Delft University. Of course, there is also the US Solar Champion Michigan team Quantum of University of Michigan still trying to best their third place result,” he said.

Quantum of University of Michigan Solar Team, 3rd winner at World Solar Challenge 2011 at Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, photographer)

The event director Chris Selwood commented that this year’s top three are not a foregone conclusion, with all eyes on new countries such as China and returning entrants such as Saudi Arabia.

World Solar Challenge 2011 Saudi Arabia King Fahd University Wahj Team (Seraaj) (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, photographer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You never rule out the Aussies either, who are back with a vengeance this year with teams in every category. The only state to field two teams is NSW

Australian Sunswift UNSW Solar Team Sunswift IV at Adelaide, Australia, during World Solar Challenge 2011 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, photographer)

and I’m told first time entrants from the University of Western Sydney don’t put too much stack in history. Sunswift from the University NSW are also confident they have the aerodynamic expertise and innovative design to win in their Cruiser category although the TAFE SA team will be doing their best too.

Australian SolarSpirit at Adelaide, Australia, during World Solar Challenge 2011 (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, photographer)

Melbourne’s Aurora team, competing in the Adventure Class are likely to be one of the lightest competitors and will be chasing the fastest qualifying time in their No 87 Aurora Evolution,

Australia's Aurora Vehicle Association's Aurora Evolution during World Solar Challenge 2011 at Adelaide, Australia (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, photographer)

so numbered to signify they’ve not missed an event since the Challenge began in 1987. New Queensland team, Arrow, hopes experience from seasoned campaigners will build a legacy for others to follow,” Mr. Selwood said.

There will be more posts & videos coming every week between now and World Solar Challenge 2013. Keep coming back to Sun Is The Future for more on this amazing event!

For more information on this unique event, please visit: www.worldsolarchallenge.org

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1 November

Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 Results Challenged

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Here is a quick note reporting on the fact that Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 Result is being challenged: we will report/update on the final results of the Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 by the end of the day.  Apparently, there was some issue regarding the number of kilometers actually traveled by certain team and Veolia World Solar Challenge team  is re-examining  all steps and numbers in order to carefully insure the integrity of the Veolia World Solar Challenge.  Mr. Chris Selwood, the leader and rightful owner of Veolia World Solar Challenge, wants to remind every one involved that the goal and focus of Veolia World Solar Challenge is to increase greater awareness and education for our future generations in application of solar energy in cars and to stimulate greater interest in math, science, and engineering.  He hopes that every one involved will not lose sight of this focus.

While awaiting the final results, I am providing two links that may be of interest to you all, below:

1. General Regulations of the Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:

http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/files/76_paticipants_regulations_general-regulations.pdf

2. Provisional Results, subject to protest from one of the teams and “such cannot remain provisional until the outcome of the protest is determined” (according to www.worldsolarchallenge.org):

http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/files/318_2011_veolia_world_solar_challenge_provisional_results_pending_protests.pd

More on human interest and lessons learned will follow.

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31 October

Wrapping Up Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011

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This post may had been prepared/written earlier than the day it appears, but right after the finish of the Veolia World Solar Challenge (world solar car race of twenty countries, 3021 km (1877 mi) between Darwin, Australia, to Angle Vale (official finish line) and Adelaide (ceremonial finish line), Australia, and thirty-seven solar cars) I had to fly to a location/ country where my internet access was not very convenient (it kept on being disconnected whenever I tried to write).  However, I was able to load up various video clips onto youtube and I hope many of you have been enjoying these videos about the Veolia World Solar Challenge of 2011.  I understand one of you from Netherland is trying to gather as much information about the race as possible.  Since this is my first  time covering Veolia World Solar Challenge, or WSC (and only had time and budget for the start and end of the race), I hope these photos I took and video clips I uploaded (and filmed by Mike) to youtube will help to meet part of your need.  I promise you in two years (next Veolia World Solar Challenge) more detailed coverage about the scrutineering process (before the race) and events along the race will be included.  Please keep in mind that the goal and focus of this World Solar Challenge is to increase greater awareness and education for our future generations in application of solar energy in cars and to stimulate greater interest in math, science, and engineering. The emphasis is both in how far and how fast (rather than just how fast) these solar cars can go using energy from the sun. As a matter of fact, part of the rule this year had actually restricted total surface area of the solar cells to 6 sq m and of which only 3 sq m can be of GaAs (gallium arsenide) so to even the playing field.    Facility is available if a solar car needs to be “trailered” when insufficient sunshine is available for the duration of the race.  This year, due to the extra challenges of cloudiness, rain, and bush fire, only about 7 out of 37 solar cars were able to finish the course completely using solar energy.  The atmosphere at WSC is friendly and encouraging rather than fiercely competitive. One finds this to be true either in the scrutineering process (insuring safety of drivers/pilots and those around), tracking of the timing (please refer to: http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/files/318_2011_veolia_world_solar_challenge_provisional_results_pending_protests.pdf), or in the finish presentation (ritual dip in the Victoria Fountain by all teams (those that were not too shy or too cold) at the end of the race or not so ritual “burning rubber” of the German team).  Finally, I’d like to take my hat off to Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 team for being able to pull off a race of this magnitude (involving solar cars from twenty countries) with mostly volunteers working together to make this race work.  Running an organization composed of mostly volunteers is not the same as running a normal company (I’ve had experience in both and believe me, running an organization composed mostly of volunteers is not easy!).  So, if any of you out there with good ideas (to help improve the solar car race), funding, or time to volunteer, perhaps you’d like to contact Mr. Chris Selwood (leader and rightful owner of Veolia World Solar Challenge) and/or the organization at  http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/contact_us For the ease and convenience of our readers’ pleasures, there are written descriptions for these solar cars with each of the youtube video clip of the interviews for its team members.  So please be sure to read (click on “Show more” at each youtube clip) about the descriptions for these solar cars.  I tried to take photograph and to interview as many of the participating solar cars of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 as possible, but due to time constraint, please forgive me if I missed any one.  With regard to all the video interviews at youtube, if any of the interviewees’ names is either misspelled or not mentioned, please feel free to contact me at sunisthefuture@gmail.com so I can make the necessary modification.  Below, you will find links to our youtube clips/interviews with various teams and photographs of these solar cars. Keep in mind that these videos and photos pertaining to Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 are under Creative Commons as long as you would attribute it/them to Sun Is The Future at http://sunisthefuture.net There will be more posts on human interest stories and lessons learned  regarding Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 later.

1.  Open Ceremony of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 at Darwin, Australia, part 1 of 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iAnz_sOjs4

2.  Open Ceremony of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 at Darwin, Australia, part 2a of 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gscMsAP1cpE

3.  Open Ceremony of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 at Darwin, Australia, part 2b of 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL282bRrUGg

4.  Interview with Chris, Selwood, the leader and rightful owner of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=102F8993NGs

5.  Interview with Nanyang Technological University of Singapore’s Nanyang Venture V day before the race started:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orKZfIGojiA

Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Venture V (Singapore)

6.  Interview with Wahj of Seraaj Solar Car Team and Professor day before the race started:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGfEfETJY0Y

Seraaj Solar Car Team’s Wahj (meaning glow) of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

7.  Interview with Tokai Challenger 2, Winner of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, at Adelaide, Australia:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFZA9kQnAnQ

Tokai University’s Tokai Challenger 2 (Japan), First Winning Team reaching Adelaide, Australia

8.  Interview with Nuna 6 Driver of Nuon Solar Team (Netherlands), Second Winning Team of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Riju3yX1OSc

 

Nuon Solar Team’s Nuna 6 (Netherlands), 2nd Winning Team that arrived at Adelaide, Australia

 

9.  Arrival of Nuna 6 of Nuon Solar Team (Netherlands), Second Winning Team of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, at Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdNZei5kJmw

10.  Interview of Quantum Driver/Member of University of Michigan (USA), Top Third of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWttRwxB96E

University of Michigan’s Quantum (USA), 3rd Winning Team that arrived at Adelaide, Australia

11. Arrival of Quantum of University of Michigan (USA),  Top Third Winning Team of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, at Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E6yO30-5Q8

12.  Interview with Ashiya University (Japan) Solar Car Project’s Ashiya Sky Ace V team (4th car that arrived) member at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtkKA2MKyYs

Ashiya University Solar Car Project’s Ashiya Sky Ace V (Japan), 4th Winning Team arriving at Adelaide, Australia

13.  Scrutinering of Ashiya University Solar Car Project’s Ashiya Sky Ace V after the race:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guxo7yrWFvo

14.  Arrival of  21 Connect of Solar Team Twente (Netherlands) as 5th Car Arriving at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcKRX8mw4-s

 

Solar Team Twente’s 21 Connect (Netherlands), 5th Winning Team arriving at Adelaide, Australia

 

 

15.  Interview with Xenith member of Stanford Solar Car Team (USA)at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTYEU-P6Y8M

Stanford Solar Car Team’s Xenith (USA)

16.  Arrival of Stanford Solar Car Team’s Xenith (USA):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPvnzfQAN4A

17.  Interview with volunteer Martin Brook of Aurora Vehicle Association (Australia) at aurorasolarcar.com:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeWLx2SaEes

Aurora Vehicle Association’s Aurora Evolution (Australia)

 

18. Interview with German Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team BO GT of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpkXy2-Ig2U

Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team’s BO GT (Germany)

19.  Arrival of Hochshule Bochum Solar Car Team’s BO GT (Germany) at Veolia World Solar Challenge 201:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3DFWlxu4hs

20.  Interview with Solar Spirit Australia (Australia) in Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHijwso8sHw

 

Tafe SA’s Solar Spirit Australia (Australia), rear view

Solar Spirit Australia of Australia, side view

 

21.  Arrival of Solar Spirit Australia of Tafe University of SA in Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ0zJ5oblsA

22.  Interview with Principia’s Ra 7s (USA) at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI_7nRL3n40

 

Principia’s Ra 7s (USA)

 

23.  Arrival of Ra 7s of Principia (USA) at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keenHgvTOC8

24.  Interview with MIT’s Chopper Del Sol (USA) at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jGy08T3odk

 

MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team’s Chopper Del Sol (USA)

 

25.  Interview with MIT’s Chopper Del Sol (USA) team member minutes before the beginning of the race at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8r2rVpfnEM

26.  Interview with French Canadian’s Eclipse 7 in Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwGqa9wt1J4

27.  Interview with Taiwan’s Apollo VI team member at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiMZtexRye0

Apollo Solar Car Team’s Apollo VI (Taiwan)

28.  Interview with Solar Ranger 2 team member of United Solar Ranger team (Malaysia) at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMRd4I15t-c

 

United Solar Ranger Team’s Solar Ranger 2 (Malaysia)

29.  Interview with Schulich Axiom team member of University of Calgary (Canada) at Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9xDtH3bnOU

 

University of Calgary’s Schulich Axiom (Canada)

Now, here are more photos of solar cars that were part of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, below:

Anadolu Solar Team’s Sunatolia (Turkey)

Aurora Vehicle Association’s Aurora Evolution (Australia)

More on human interest stories and lessons learned from Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 will be  coming in posts following.

 

 

 

 

Midnight Sun Solar Race Car Team’s Midnight Sun X, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Qiau’s Havin (Iran)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAITEM, Sakarya University Advanced Technologies’ SAGUAR2 (Turkey)

UC Berkeley Cal Sol’s Impulse (USA)

Durham University Solar Car’s DUSC2011 (UK)

Eolian Uchile’s Eolian 2 (Chile)

Cambridge University Eco Racing’s Endeavour (UK)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunswift UNSW Solar Team’s Sunswift IV (Australia)

 

 

Blue Sky Solar Racing’s Azure (Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCRAT Istanbul University’s Astay (Turkey)

Solaris’ Avenir (India)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Okinawa’s Lequion (Japan)

 

University of Tehran Solar Car Team’s Persian Gazelle II (Iran)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Umicore Solar Team’s Umicore Imagine (Belgium), using concentrated solar cells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More stories on human interests and lessons learned from Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 will appear in following posts.

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Team Solar Philippines’s Sikat II (Philippines)

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16 October

Veolia World Solar Challenge of 2011-Open Ceremony in Front of Parliament House at Darwin, Australia

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Dear Readers,

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Now, here is the report you’ve been waiting for, the first day of the Veolia World Solar Challenge of 2011, Sunday, October 16, 2011.  Some of the thirty-seven teams started to arrive in front of the Parliament House in Darwin, Australia, as early as 5:30 A.M.  Even though official post indicated that the race is expected to begin at 10:00 A.M., I found out from the WSC (World Solar Challenge) few days ahead that individual solar cars would most likely be taking off around 8:30 A.M.  So  hubby Mike and I got up around 6:00 A.M. and dragged our camera and tripod in front of the Parliament House by 7:00 A.M.  The following footage I uploaded to youtube actually started around 8:30 A.M.  as Mr. Chris Selwood (speaker in the footage who is also the leader and rightful owner to this event) did a wonderful job introducing each and every one of  these scifi-ish entry as they glided by him on the way to the starting point.

In this open ceremony footage, the person waiving the flag near the starting point is Minster Gerry McCarthy (Minister of Transport of Northern Territory of Australia). This is such a friendly competition that one can sense that the crowd is rooting for each and every one of the entrants to be able to complete their journey of passing through a variety of different ecosystems (from deserts to temperate forests and tropical climates) while reaching for the sun’s energy.  As we’ve discovered the day before during another interview with the Singapore’s Nanyang Technologcial University,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orKZfIGojiA, the whole process of scrutineering mainly focused on the safety of all involved and the judges tried their best to help all entries to meet the standard.

 

These thirty-seven teams of solar cars have come from twenty countries.  To see a few of them below:

Socrat Istanbul University's Astay (Turkey)

Tokai University's Tokai Challenger, under cover (Japan), a strong contender

University of Waterloo's Midnight Sun X (Canada)

University of Tehran's Persian Gazelle II (Iran)

University of Chile's Eolian 2 (Chile)

Umicore's Umivore (Belgium), with concentrated solar cells

Onda Solare's Emilia 2 (Italy)

Eclipse Solar Car Team's Eclipse 7 (Canada)

Nanyang University's Nanyang Venture V (Singapore)

Anadolu Solar Team's Sunatolia (Italy)

Nuon's Nuna 6 (Netherland), a strong contender

Ashiya University's Skyace-V (Japan)

MIT's Chopper del Sol (USA)

Durham University's DUSC 2011 (UK)

Taiwan's Apollo VI (Taiwan)

Aurora Vehicle Association's Aurora Evolution (Australia)

Seraaj Solar Car Team's Wahj (meaning glow) (Saudi Arabia)

Science plays an important part of the WSC.  A team’s success depends on the engineering of the car and the efficiency of its solar cells.  Each team has a large support crew and up to four drivers.  Each driver can spend between four and six hours at a time behind the wheel and driver changes are strategically planned at control stops (extra stops may cost time and are discouraged). The fact that WSC teams are only suppose to compete between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00P.M. and then set up camp wherever they might be makes WSC more of an adventurous race rather than a competitive  race, providing unique opportunity for participants to experience the outback Australia.

Some unique features of  WSC are: The driver may experience cockpit temperatures up to 50 degrees C, which requires a slow and steady intake of cold water to prevent dehydration and regulate body temperature;they may also have to regularly counter-steer against strong side winds, especially in South Australia; WSC participants are only allowed to store a very small amount of energy in batteries, meaning that they are heavily reliant on the sun and that the aerodynamics of the car is more important than battery size.

All solar cars are monitored by GPS (global positioning system) during the WSC so their progress can be tracked and officials can ensure that no rule is broken.  GPS uses satellites to provide location information by sending frequent messages to these satellites.  So organizers can estimate their average speed and make sure it was below the limit (these solar cars need to abide by the speed limit of the road).  To overcome the obstacle of the fact that many parts of the journey are without mobile phone reception, the GPS relies on marine communication satellites over the ocean, which can pick up the signal of the cars throughout the entire challenge of WSC.

More photos and videos are coming….

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

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