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25 October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

100% Electric Vehicle and 100% Solar By 2030

Discussion of the Importance of Value of Solar With Karl Rabago

Expanded Discussion of Value of Solar

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

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

~have a bright and sunny day~

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11 July

GemaSolar Power Plant-World’s First Solar Powered Catwalk, via Jessica Minh Anh!

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Solar Energy Has Arrived! Gemasolar Power Plant, a concentrated solar power plant with a molten salt heat storage system, located within the city limits of Fuentes de Andalucía in the province of Seville, Spain ,

Gamesolar Power Plant of Spain (attrib: Koza 1983)

Gemasolar Power Plant of Spain (attrib: Koza 1983),

is not only the first plant in the world to create a system that produces 24 hour a day electricity using only the power of the sun,it’s also been known to serve as the backdrop for various campaigns to set future trends (e.g.Louis Vuitton, Mercedes Benz and Ford). For the first time, in July (on July 17, 2015) of this year, this desert solar power plant in Spain will showcase the combination of haute couture and high end ready-to-wear collections from the 100-meter catwalk surrounded by circular formation of mirrors.

 This  spectacular event is organized and hosted by the famous Jessica Minh Anh, who is known for turning the most iconic venues into fantastic catwalks! She is the only fashion show organizer who has gained exclusive permission to some of the most phenomenal venues on earth (such as Grand Canyon Skywalk of USA, Eiffel Tower of France, London’s Tower Bridge of UK, Petronas Twin Towers’ Skybridge of Malaysia, Costa Atlantica of Dubai, or Gardens by the Bay’s OCBC Skyway of Singapore, etc.). Jessica’s status as the global fashion sensation and self-made entrepreneur is solidified by: FashionTV, Canale 5 Italia, Marie Claire, Le Nouvel Observateur, to name a few. She currently resides in Paris, France, and continues to travel the world in hosting her Unconventional Catwalks.  Press coverage for Jessica Minh Anh may be found on www.jmodelmanagement.co.uk and her daily update is at www.facebook.com/jessicaminhanhpage .

 As Jessica walks down this catwalk on July 17, 2015, the world will take note that Solar Energy belongs to the new generation of the multi-talented, bold, creative, and beautiful, just like Jessica Minh Anh.  Plant manager Raul Mendoza Ruiz said, “Gemasolar is an international symbol of the next generation of power plants and represents the future, as Jessica does in fashion.” This J. Summer Show of 2015 will be filmed from various angles, using flying drones to highlight the sunlight’s effect on the stunning circular concentrated solar power plant. With solar energy’s exponential growth pattern, one may anticipate many many more solar power plants of various sizes to be rising up from all corners of the planet earth, be ready to surpass hydropower within a decade. The simple fact that Solar Power Plant may be considered to be used as a fashion catwalk reflects the essence of Solar Energy: it is bountiful, clean, healthy, free from conflicts, and accepted by all. We look forward to more catwalks such as Gemasolar in the Solar Future. We will also look forward to Jessica showcasing solar wearables in the future.

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6 October

World Solar Challenge 2013 (Solar Car Race)-Day 1

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Sunday 6 October, 2013

NUNA 7 of Nuon Solar Team of Delft University of Technology(Netherlands), Leading By The End of First Day (Oct. 6, 2013) of the World Solar Challenge 2013 (solar car race) in Challenger Class (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Below is the video of beginning of the World Solar Challenge 2013 (Oct. 6, 2013), in front of the Parliament House at Darwin, Australia.


ARROW1 of Team Arrow of Queensland University of Technology (Australia) seen on Oct. 5, 2013, after dynamic scrutineering process at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex at Darwin, Australia (Credit sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

ARROW1 of Team Arrow of Queensland University of Technology (Australia) at starting line on Oct. 6, 2013, in front of the Parliament House of Darwin, Australia, also in fifth place of the Challenger Class by the end of the First Day of World Solar Challenge 2013 (Credit: World Solar Challenge 2013)

PROVISIONAL RESULTS DAY 1 of World Solar Challenge 2013

Team Nuon from the Netherlands, in their solar car Nuna 7, took an early lead in the Challenger Class of the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and at the end of day one are approximately 633 kilometres south of Darwin. Just 32 kilometres behind at the Dunmarra Control Stop there is one minute separating second placed Team Twente in ‘Red Engine’ also from the Netherlands

THE RED ENGINE of University of Twente and Saxion, University of Applied Sciences-Solar Team Twente in Second Place by the End of The First Day, Oct. 6, 2013, during World Solar Challenge 2013, Challenger Class (Crdit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

and the 2011 Champion team Tokai from Japan, who as predicted, made up time early from 20th position on the starting grid.

TOKAI CHALLENGER of Tokai University (Japan)'s Tokai University Team in third place at the End of the First Day of World Solar Challenge 2013, Challenger Class (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

University of Michigan Solar Car Team’s-Generation, is in fourth place by the end of the first day.

GENERATION of University of Michigan Solar Car Team in Fourth of Challenger Class by the end of The First Day (Oct. 6, 2013) of World Solar Challenge 2013 (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

approximately 10 kilometres out of Dunmarra with Australia’s Team Arrow showing they can mix it with the elite international field just behind in fifth place. In the Cruiser Class team Bochum from Germany

POWERCORE SUNCRUISER of Germany's University of Applied Sciences Bochum's Hochschule Bochum SolarCar Team in the first place of the Cruiser Class at World Solar Challenge 2013 by the end of the first day (Oct. 6, 2013) (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

is in first place approximately sixty kilometres north of Dunmarra, with team Eindhoven from the Netherlands

STELLA of Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)'s Solar Team Eindhoven in second place for Cruiser Class by the end of the first day (Oct. 6, 2013) of World Solar Challenge 2013 (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

just five kilometres behind in second place, the DAEDALUS of Minnesota Solar team from the University of Minnesota (USA) in third

DAEDALUS of University of Minnesota (USA) in third place of Cruiser Class by the end of the first day of World Solar Challenge 2013 (Credit: World Solar Challenge 2013).

place and University of NSW Sunswift team in fourth place

SUNSWIFT of University NSW (Australia) in Fourth of Cruiser Class by the end of the first day of World Solar Challenge 2013 (Credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

approximately 100 kilometres north of Dunmarra. Leading the Adventure Class was Australia’s team Aurora who have never missed a solar challenge; followed by IVE from Hong Kong and Antakari from Chile.

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4 October

End of Scrutineering Process of World Solar Challenge 2013 at Darwin, Australia

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Yes, we’ve just arrived at the sunny Darwin, Australia, for the World Solar Challenge 2013, soon (between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia, from  Oct. 6-13, 2013) to begin.  Darwin is the capital city of NT (Northern Territory) of Australia, situated on the Timor Sea. It is the most populated of the two cities in the sparsely populated NT, with a population of 129,062.

Since our last visit to Darwin two years ago (World Solar Challenge 2011), it’s gotten much more densely populated, resulting from a collaborative $33 billion Ichthys gas project between the Japanese gas company Inpex and its French partner Total in Darwin and off the coast of Western Australia. If you’re interested in finding out more about this project, then click-> Inpex confirms $33 bn Top End gas project. The influx of such huge projects has foreseeable outcomes: pace of life is picked up; longer opening hours for the local grocery stores such as Woolworths (closing hours changed from 5:00P.M. to 10:00P.M.);increased number of Hilton brand hotels (none in 2011, 3 in 2013);tripling Darwin real estate values in short period of 2 years.  It never fails to amaze me how well informed Australian taxi drivers are with local and international news. We were well caught up with most critical news of past two years during our 20 minute taxi ride from Darwin airport to our hotel.

Shortly after our arrival, we (the media) had received a terrific reception by all the teams of World Solar Challenge 2013 at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex.

Warm Reception from students at World Solar Challenge 2013. Three solar cars seen are:(L):University of Toronto (Canada)'s Blue Sky Solar Racing Team-B-7, (M):University of MI (USA) Solar Car Team's GENERATION, (R):EAFIT University (Columbia)'s EAFIT-EPM Solar Car Team's PRIMEVERA (photogaphed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)


Aurora Vehicle Association (Australia)'s AURORA EVOLUTION at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex of Darwin, Australia, of GoPro Adventure Class of World Solar Challenge 2013 (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex at Darwin, Australia (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Such energy and enthusiasm! This is why we keep on coming back to cover World Solar Challenge, for how can we not have hope and optimism upon facing these students! How can we not try our individual and collective best to help all earthlings to make the shift toward renewable/solar future!

 

At this note, let’s unveil the press release from World Solar Challenge, below:

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Who will take pole on the start…?All 40 teams (from 23 countries) have now been through the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge extensive three day static scrutineering process. (For a closer look of the static scrutineering process, allow me to share a video produced by the team from Singapore, SunSpec, that persevered through this process, below)


and Who will take to the start?The focus now turns to Hidden Valley race track tomorrow, Saturday 5 October, for the Dynamic Scrutineering involving a timed qualifying lap and Safety trials. Teams will take to the Hidden Valley track in an effort to post a time fast enough to ensure them a top place on the grid.Event Director Chris Selwood said even though the event is contested over 3000 kilometres and is about much more than just speed, the ‘top guns’ in the Elite Challenger Class will be wanting to post an impressive time.“Being in a top ten position ensures a cleaner run out of Darwin,” Chris said.“With static scrutineering now complete the teams have just one more hurdle to pass before they can take to the line. After such extensive preparation which for many has been over two years or more, to not compete at this late stage would be extremely disappointing for a team.“I think it’s easy to underestimate the commitment, time and resources needed to compete in this event. It is an achievement for teams just to get here,” Chris said.“As this event crosses some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain, over an arduous 3,000 kilometres in extreme temperatures, safety is paramount. Our scrutineering process is meant to be tough, to protect as much as we possibly can the well-being of our participants,” Chris said.Dynamic scrutineering starts tomorrow at Hidden Valley Race track from 8am – 12 noon with a chance to interview top teams at the conclusion. For further event media information please contact: Judi Lalor + 61 (0) 409188 129E: media@worldsolarchallenge.org

 

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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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16 October

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

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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….

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