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13 April

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

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

Argonne National Laboratory, aerial view, creative commons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~have a bright and sunny day~

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4 November

Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 Results, Re-Examined

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Dear Readers,

For those of you interested in the final results, after re-examination of the solar kilometers actually traveled, and the issue of protest, I am posting the exact quotes (bold print) from www.worldsolarchallenge.org for your perusal, followed by two links (one is of the pre-examination results and one is of the post-examination).

Teams not able to maintain a reasonable minimum speed are invited to maximise their experience in the event by running their solarcar for a few hours each day before moving their car forward in their truck or on their trailer.  The rules surrounding this exercise allow a great deal of flexibility in their application to enable the particular circumstances and the conditions to be taken into consideration.

The finalisation of the results was delayed mostly by the contention of one team who, so desperate to show their sponsors a clean finish, demanded recognition of a place the number of irregularities involved denied them.

A small number of teams questioned the number of solar kilometres  attributed to them so the decision was taken to audit all the log books where  these are recorded in the team log by the Observer  (which the team manager should sign at the end of each day) and transmitted to Mission Control for incorporation into the overall results.

Interesting errors such as trailered Km being substituted for Solar Km, and solar credits being given to Control Points instead of actual distance covered were discovered and the complications of this event outlined earlier led to some interesting arithmetic from some Observers!   Some gained from the exercise, others not.  The figures have now been checked and cross checked with the result that we are now able to verify the Official Record and present the final results.

Please note that there are some changes in rankings and km/solar distance traveled for various teams after the 7th  position.

1.  Pre-examination results:

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

2.  Post-examination results:

http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/files/319_2011_veolia_world_solar_challenge_final_results.pdf

Again, I would like to implore you all to refer/read my post of Nov. 3, 2011, http://sunisthefuture.net/?m=20111103 and let’s remind ourselves the spirit of World Solar Challenge is that of discovery and learning from our experiences/lessons.

Human interest and lessons learned will follow….

~have a bright & sunny day~

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

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3 November

Veolia World Solar Challenge (Solar Car Race) Update

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I have not yet received any official notice of any  modifications to Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 results.  The most I’ve discovered was an alleged issue involving discrepancy between the actual solar distance traveled vs. distance recorded by one of the teams.  To combat this issue, it’d be a good idea to have at least two time/record keepers at each segment traveled (to guard against potential human  errors).  Of course, resources available (be it in terms of man or monetary power) may be a constraint.  I will be sure to post any changes ASAP upon notice. In the meantime, I am searching for more details of the Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, hoping to find more information about the protest of the provisional results from any participating teams.  During the search, I came across this wonderful post by some one, Lucy Fielding, who was on the Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) Endeavor 2009 design team.  Ms. Fielding reminds us  the intended focus and spirit of this event and I implore you all to take few minutes to truly absorb/share the emotion and intensity level of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 at:  http://www.cuer.co.uk/blog/wsc/2011/11/03/lucys-race-report-2/

And Daniel Chambers, head of the electrical team of the CUER Endeavor 2011, with details on various working components for the solar cars. This is also a post well worth the read, especially for those who may be thinking of participating in the World Solar Challenge in the future:

http://www.cuer.co.uk/blog/electrical/2011/11/02/2293/

I have learned from both Ms. Fielding and Mr. Chambers that tremendous amount of pre-planning is necessary for all participating teams at Veolia World Solar Challenge and it is the experience of a lifetime for those participated.

More will follow….

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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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22 October

Interview With Mr. Chris Selwood, Leader of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011

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If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.


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Despite his busy schedule during the Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011, Mr. Chris Selwood managed to squeeze in a terrific  interview with Sun Is The Future, so to enable our readers to have a better understanding of the history and purpose behind Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011.  Mr. Selwood is a man of positive energy, enthusiasm, and vision.   He was previously seen in our footage as the Master of Ceremony on Oct. 16, 2011, at the Open Ceremony of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 in Darwin, Australia (in front of the Parliament House), and the voice behind the announcement as each and every one of the solar cars pulled in to the Victoria Square (the ceremonial finish line) of Adelaide, Australia. He deserves a great round of applause from all of us who have participated/viewed/reported  in/on Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 for he had brought energy and vision to all of our hopes in the future for solar energy.  Without further ado, here we have Mr. Chris Selwood:

 


written, interviewed, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com, filmed by Michael Nunamaker

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21 October

More Winners, Quantum (Univ. of MI of USA), Part 2 of 2, Day 6 of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011

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Continuing on with our top three winning teams arriving at Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia, Quantum team members of University of Michigan of USA presented us with Michigan’s eleventh generation car by completely revamping its design strategy. The team was able to take off 200 lbs from the previous vehicle weight and reduced the aerodynamic drag significantly.  Combining the engineering improvements and smart driving strategy, with a strong family members’ support, it is no wonder that this team is widely recognized as the best team in North America and being able to come in as one of the top three winning teams in the Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E6yO30-5Q8 The positive energy of these three top teams’ members is palpable as they all hopped into the Victoria Fountain, in full exuberance.  I even caught one of the University of Michigan team members’ successful attempt at reaching the top of the fountain on film, seen in one of the photos below, along with an interview with one of the female members and driver of the team, Rachel Kramer (yes, there are female drivers/pilots in Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 !):

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University of MI or Quantum team member reaching the top of the Victoria Fountain

Quantum members waving USA flag while hopping into Victoria Fountain with Tokai and Nuon members

Time For Champaign for the University of Michigan-Quantum Team!

 

Quantum driver welcomed by team members as one of the top three winning teams arriving at Victoria Square of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011

Driver Pilot of the Quantum being warmly received by team members

 

Quantum being escorted by University of Michigan team members

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21 October

More Winners, Nuna 6 of Nuon Solar Team (Netherland) and Quantum of University of Michigan (USA), Part 1 of 2, Day 6 of World Solar Challenge 2011

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On Friday of Oct. 21, 2011, around 10:15 A.M., the enthusiastic crowd waited for arrival of Nuna 6 of Nuon Solar Team (Netherland) and Quantum of University of Michigan (USA), at the Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia.  As Nuna 6 was seen coming down King William St., gradually approaching Victoria Square, the crowd no longer contains themselves and started banging on the plastic advertising bulletins… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdNZei5kJmwfor they knew that Nuna 6 and Quantum had already arrived at the official finish line, Angle Vale, the day before at 2:12 P.M. and 3:55 P.M., respectively, but decided to reach for the ceremonial finish line, Victoria Square, today (Oct. 21, 2011).

As Nuna 6 lands on the equivalent of its red carpet, but dark grey in this case,  reporting crews and the crowd swarms toward this marvelous solar vehicle of reliability and efficiency.  Every step of its progression reflects its vision of teamwork, from its supporting members carrying and laying down the flag of Netherland on the hood of this winning car, to the hugs and handshakes fellow team members giving to one another.  Then came the Champaign and Ritual Dip in the Victoria Fountain. One gesture was out of the ordinary: that the Nuna 6  and Tokai Challenger 2 members started to exchange their shirts in the Victoria Fountain, symbolizing either that “we’re in this together” or “we’re all winners”.  So in some of the video and photos one would find Nuon Solar Team members wearing Tokai’s blue and Tokai Challenger 2 Team members wearing Nuna’s orange.

Resistance is Futile...might as well have fun....

One of Nuon Team members may have resisted

Nuon & Tokai members in the Victoria Fountain, Adelaide, Australia

Nuon & Tokai members in each others' shirts in Victoria Fountain, Adelaide, Australia

Nuna 6 of Nuon Solar Team of World Solar Challenge 2011

Nuon (2nd Winning team of WSC 2011) arriving at Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia

One thing to be certain, they were all having a great deal of fun, as evidenced in these photos. I also have uploaded an interview with one of the Nuna 6 team members/drivers above.
For a better understanding of the landscape of this beautiful country, Australia, we’re visiting,  some help is obtained from Wikipedia, below:

 

 

Victoria Square is a public square in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The square is in the centre of the city’s grid of one square mile, and was named by the Street Naming Committee on 23 May 1837 afterPrincess Victoria, heir presumptive of the British throne. A statue of Queen Victoria stands in the center of the square. The fountain in the north of the square was designed by artist John Dowie to represent the three rivers from which Adelaide receives most of its water—the Torrens, the Onkaparinga and the Murray.

Victoria Fountain of Victoria Square at Adelaide, Australia

Victoria Square is bordered by numerous public institutions, including the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Adelaide Magistrate’s Court, the Federal Court of Australia, theTreasury and the AdelaideGeneral Post Office. On the eastern side is the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St Francis Xavier and the SA WaterHeadquarters. The Torrens Building, home to a number of community organisations, is now also used by the Heinz College Australia, an international campus of Carnegie Mellon University. TheAdelaide Central Market is located to the west of the Square.

King William Street passes through the square making a diamond shape with the southbound carriageway passing through the east side, and the northbound carriageway passing through the west side of the square. The square is bisected by a piece of road (technically part of the square) that connects Wakefield Street(entering from the east) with Grote Street (to the west). A tram stop (formerly the terminus) for the Glenelg Tram is in the southern part of the square; it was shifted from the center to the western edge of the square on 6 August 2007, as part of the extension that was made to the tram line around that time.

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20 October

Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011-Day 5-Winning Team Tokai Challenger 2 Arrives At Angle Vale & Victoria Square

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I am interrupting (will post Day 3 & Day 4 later) to report about the winning team, Tokai Challenger 2 of Tokai University of Japan, which had just arrived at Victoria Square of Adelaide, Australia, within the last hour. The official finish line is located at Angle Vale, Australia, approximately 40 km outside of Adelaide (to avoid too much traffic lights), another brilliant decision on the part of the organizing team of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011. So, as we waited at the Victoria Square, the ceremonial finish line, we chatted with and shared our excitement with some of the participants who have been loyal supporters of this solar car race for more than eighteen years. Despite the cloudy day with drizzle, our enthusiasm was not wavered the least bit. This is the special part of being solar participants, we/they are all full of extra dash of magical energy…perhaps a gift from the Sun…chuckle….

Here, we have a five-minute clip of interview with one of the winning drivers of Tokai Challenger 2 of Tokai University of Japan.

 

Even with the bush fire that they had to deal with, these winning drivers ended up averaging more than 91km/hr. They are so full of adrenaline that by the time they arrived at the Victoria Square, they did not hesitate to hop and hop

Winning Team, Tokai Challenger 2, of Veolia World Solar Challenge 2011 are so full of adrenaline that they are ready to hop

 

Driver/Pilot of the Winning Tokai Challenger 2

a closer look at the winning Tokai Challenger 2

Winning Driver/pilot is popping out as the crowd cheered

Upon arrival at Victoria Square, before the winning driver/pilot of Tokai Challenger 2 popped out

at the request of various reporters and of course the finale of hopping into the Victoria Fountain at Victoria Square. At the end of such a long journey through the desert of the Outback, one can fully appreciate/understand how this “Ritual Dip”  got started. But on a cloudy day with a touch of drizzle such as today, we thank our winning team in continuing this tradition in showing their exhilaration, undeterred by the rain.

Tokai Challenger 2 Team Members Carried the "Ritual Dip" Further in Victoria Fountain

The Historical "Ritual Dip" into the Victoria Fountain at the End of each team's journey

We are very pleased that Tokai Challenger 2 of Tokai University (from Japan) is the winning team and are not too surprised by the outcome, for they have replaced the unique single-crystalline silicon solar cells with space grade solar cells. They have kept their winning design concept from 2009 but improved the efficiency. I read that the Tokai Challenger had a drag coefficient of 0.11 whereas University of Michigan had a drag coefficient of 0.10 Keep in mind that drag coefficient is a dimensionless quantity used to quantify drag or resistance of an object in a fluid environment (be it air or water), so a lower drag coefficient indicates the object will have less aerodynamic or hydrodynamic drag/resistance, which would be better for a car in a car race ( or anything that moves). With a 10% difference in drag coefficient, University of Michigan should be in a more advantageous position, if solely based on drag coefficient (lower drag coefficient value). So my question here is: does Tokai Challenger 2 now has a different drag coefficient from 0.11 or are there other factors that had been more important than the 10% difference in the drag coefficient? If any of you out there who knows more about solar car race, please let me know.

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18 October

Veolia World Solar Challenge-Day 3, October 18, 2011

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This seems to be a good time to share some fundamentals of “How Does a Solar Car Work?”, for those of you who may be interested.  So, please allow me to use one of RiAus’ (riaus.org.au , RiAus stands for Royal Institute of Australia, with a focus on “Bring Science To People and People To Science”) pamphlets for demonstration purpose.  Please refer to the image “How Does A Solar Car Work?”   For clarification, the solar car design usually emphasizes the aerodynamics and lightness of weight, while maintaining a large surface area to allow the optimum number of solar cells (sometimes solar panels), with low friction tires and minimum wind resistance.  If you’d follow (1) through (5) in the graphics, they are:

(1). It starts with the sun: Solar energy, in the form of photons, radiates from the sun 150 million km from earth

(2). Solar energy becomes electricity: The photons hit solar panels/solar cells mounted on the car.  This energises the electrons in the panels/cells causing them to move.  This movement generates an electric current.

(3). Power storage: Batteries can store extra solar power in the form of chemical energy, which can then be fed to the motor when there is insufficient sunlight.

(Solar car panels/cells have a textured surface to maximize surface area.  This increases the amount of light energy can be harnessed.)

(4). Motor controller: the motor controller regulates how much power is fed to the motor. When the accelerator is pressed, the motor controller changes the frequency of the electricity output.  When the car is moving, electricity can be fed directly from the solar panels to the motor controller.

Fact: the motors unique hub design results in 98% efficiency. At 100km/hr the cars use the same energy as a toaster!

(5). The motor: power reaches the motor, which is contained within the wheel. A typical motor includes strong magnets and a wire coil to carry the current. The interaction between the magnetic force and electric current generates motion.

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