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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

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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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17 October

Cars of The Future-Solar Cars Will Take On Challenges Between Darwin & Adelaide, Australia, During Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015


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World Solar Challenge Route (courtesy of World Solar Challenge)

World Solar Challenge Route (courtesy of World Solar Challenge)

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As solar energy and solar car enthusiasts, and solar car racers and teams from all corners of the globe converge upon Darwin, Australia, awaiting for the first day of this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2015, these 44 teams from 25 countries/regions are taking on the ultimate endurance challenge in the harshest of climates to demonstrate to the world that our automotive future will be shaped by the solar energy. This 3,000 kilometer event between Darwin and Adelaide, Australia, will begin from the State Square (in front of the Parliament House) of Darwin, Australia, on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., and the leading cars are expected to arrive late on Wednesday (Oct. 21, 2015) or early Thursday (Oct. 22, 2015), finishing at the City of Adelaide’s Victoria Square, Australia.

To give you a feel of what these solar cars might be like, allow me to present to you what took place during the last race, World Solar Challenge 2013, below:

In case you’re wondering who was/is the organizer of this energizing event, let’s take a look at what the event organizer Mr. Chris Selwood said during World Solar Challenge 2013, below:

 Historically, this event is full of enthusiasts for solar and renewable energy, imbued with much spirit of collaboration, learning, and innovation. Let’s get a closer look at some of these participants and solar cars from previous race in 2013, below:

  1. World Solar Challenge (Solar Car Race) 2013-Day 1
  2. NUNA7 (netherlands) Is The First To Arrive at Finish Point of World Solar Challenge 2013
  3. Necessary Supports For World Solar Challenge 2013
  4. World Solar Challenge 2013 Final Result
  5. World Solar Challenge 2013 Event Update

The Cruiser Class was added for the first time in 2013 and its winner in 2013 was Stella, below:

(There are now three classes in the race: Challenger, Cruiser, Adventure)

 Since last race in 2013, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of entries for Cruiser Class (up to 11 in 2015). For a complete list of all the entering solar cars this year–>click HERE.

For an overview of this race so far (thanks to Bridgestone), please take a look at these videos below:

    1. World Solar Challenge 2015 Introduction, below:

         2. Day 1 Report of World Solar Challenge 2015 (prior to the race) , below:

3. Day 2 Report of World Solar Challenge 2015 (prior to the race), below:

  4. Day 3 Report of World Solar Challenge 2015 (prior to the race):

Here, at Sun Is The Future, we wish all participating teams a good night’s rest and a great journey! Keep in mind that we earthlings all owe a great deal to these energizing people for being the forerunners of the Solar/Renewable Future! More will be reported on World Solar Challenge 2015 in future posts.

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5 October

Cruiser Stella Will Start @ 8:15 am & Aussie Team Arrow Will Start @8:30 am For World Solar Challenge 2013


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Allow me share this recent release from the World Solar Challenge 2013, below:
Aussie team takes pole, as grid positions decided…

Australia’s solar car ‘Arrow 1’

Team Arrow (Australia) qualification (credit: Bart van Overbeeke Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013)

from the sunshine state of Queensland has claimed pole position in the Elite Challenger Class for tomorrow’s start of the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

Team Eindhoven from the Netherlands and their world’s first family four-seater car ‘Stella’

Stella, the world's first family four-seater solar car, also posted the fastest Cruiser Class time and the second fastest overall in today's qualifying trials at Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex at Darwin, Australia

posted the fastest Cruiser Class time and the second fastest time overall in today’s qualifying trials at Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex, Darwin.

Start line details: 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Where: State Square Darwin – steps of Parliament House


From 6 am: cars arriving

8.15 am: Chief Minister flags off Cruiser Class

8.30 am Chief Minister flags off Challenger Class

Adventure Class to follow…

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 for more !

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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,, 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.

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