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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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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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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World Solar Challenge 2013 Final Results

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apollo from Taiwan (1558);

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

Australia’s TAFE SA (1469)

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

and University of Calgary (719)

 

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

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

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

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Top 4 of each of the three classes, below:

Challenger Class

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

Cruiser Class

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

Adventure Class

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

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

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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.

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

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