Team leader, Professor Graeme Oliver, said the team got off to a bad start in the previous SSC as it wasn’t prepared and needed proper planning. Attract eyes and ears by having Nuna and our team at your exhibition, office opening, or celebration. The first three cars built by the team were single seaters, and two of them competed in the 2007 and 2011 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The team consider the car as a gift, given the long hours spent designing it. Anzet du Plessis Bridgestone has been the title sponsor of the event since 2013 and has continuously supplied teams with specially-developed solar car tires: ECOPIA with ologic. It provides a chance to showcase advances in solar technologies as well as highlight commitment to a sustainable future. The Alfaisal Boeing Solar Car team includes undergraduate researchers from a project funded by Boeing and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies of Alfaisal University. The Saudi team decided to participate in solar challenges so that they can design solar cars, test their creations in real world conditions, learn from top teams and share experiences. All rights reserved. Using solar energy as their main power source, participating teams must traverse approximately 3,000km across the Australian continent from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south. Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Teams Discussion has 2,339 members. The new solar car will have a carbon fibre shell, a MITSUBA motor, and one battery pack. Currently the team has 12 members aged 21 to 24 years old, including four drivers and three women. The CPUT has a long competitive history and has won the Sasol Mini Baja – a competition which allows engineering students to design and build car prototypes - several times. The manufacturing of the body and the motor is outsourced. For the upcoming SSC, their new car will be called “Ntsu” – Eagle. The World Solar Challenge runs every second year in August. The 2015 World Solar Challenge wrapped up October 25, after 40 teams from 20 countries covered around 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) on solar power.. The new car design looks like an eagle head and we’re hoping it will fly – or rather, drive like an eagle,” said team leader Nicolaas Luwes. They are also supporting the team financially, as well as mentoring and guiding them to put the solar car together. This year’s five-day long race was super exciting, with the lead three teams- Nuon , from University of Delft (NL), Solar Team Twente , from University of Twente (NL) and the guys from University of Michigan (US), being neck and neck throughout the whole time. This year, 50 teams from 26 countries will compete for the Challenger and Cruiser trophies and battle for line honours across the 1,900-mile journey from Darwin to Adelaide, which commences on 8 October. Some materials, including the motor, battery, and panels, have been outsourced. By building Nuna, a hi-tech vehicle which only uses the power of the sun, we will show the world what is possible when combining cutting edge technology with green energy. The rebuild will cost roughly R1 million, and is funded by the university and industry partners. I find this interesting because this competition is only done every 2 years also the vehicles are raced through the Australian outback so the vehicles must be able to withstand the rugged terrain. They loaded 360° footage shot from their solar car onto virtual reality headsets that young kids from towns along the route used to immerse themselves in the driving experience. The Saudi team decided to participate in solar challenges so that they can design solar cars, test their creations in real world conditions, learn from top teams and share experiences. Solar car racing refers to competitive races of electric vehicles which are powered by solar energy obtained from solar panels on the surface of the car ().The first solar car race was the Tour de Sol in 1985 which led to several similar races in Europe, US and Australia. They’ve also redesigned the electronics and many other features, and the design incorporates 3D-printing of custom components. They will also be testing titanium parts in the car, and redesigning the solar array to improve aerodynamic efficiency, cool the array more effectively and reduce hot spots. Follow us on social media for updates, or take a look at the teams already registered below! On alternating years, we share the fun of the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or drive cross-country to share their projects with millions of people. They have now returned to their work place and have started building their car. +27 12 661 0285, Project Manager The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is an international solar car event. Wheels, brakes and a steering wheel had already been installed. They hope to complete the Sasol Solar Challenge with a conventional 300 kg car design. TOKYO (October 30, 2019) -- Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) today announced that "Agoria Solar Team of Belgium (No.8)" won the Challenger Class *1 and "Solar Team Eindhoven of Netherland (No.40) won the Cruiser Class *2 in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC), the world's foremost solar car race. In 2018, the CUT team competed in its first SSC with Pere ea Letsatsi – a Sesotho name that means “horse from the sun”. The 2001 World Solar Challenge was one of a biennial series of solar-powered car races, covering about 3,000 km (1,900 mi) through the Australian Outback, from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia.The winner was a Nuna "Alpha Centauri" car built by Nuon of the Netherlands.. Their experience now enables them to improve on their 2018 strategy. “It’s good to start over again and look at what can be done differently. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) is the world’s premier solar-powered car race where young engineers from all over the world compete with their self-designed solar cars. media@solarchallenge.org.za, Seilatsatsi: Central University of Technology. Top Dutch Solar Racing will take pole position when the world's fastest solar cars leave Darwin to race 3,000 kilometres to Adelaide. The cars travel down the Stuart Highway from Darwin to Adelaide. We are aiming to finish first in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2021. Our partners are the absolute key to making the dream come true. The race has been held biennially since 1987, promoting sustainability and … The team came up with a virtual design process, and a one-person-per-lab limit that allows full participation and contribution from each team member. Eleadora II, or “Gift of the Sun” is exchanging the sunny roads of Morocco for South African weather to compete in the upcoming Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC). A suspension unit had been tested and the drivetrain completed. +27 12 661 0285, Team Liaison Officer TOKYO (October 30, 2019) -- Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) today announced that "Agoria Solar Team of Belgium (No.8)" won the Challenger Class *1 and "Solar Team Eindhoven of Netherland (No.40) won the Cruiser Class *2 in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC), the world's foremost solar car race. The World Solar Challenge is a grueling race through the Australian outback that runs more than 1,860 miles. We should be able to repair the car at regular intervals and respond to the state of charge and other key parameters more often. The Solar Education Program provides a safe environment for teams to display their solar cars. We have only tested these in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. A team from Delft University in the Netherlands has won a 3,000km (1,800 mile) solar car race in the Australian outback. We are now eagerly awaiting the end of the lockdown, at which time we will do the first test runs,” said Botha. Currently the team has 11 members aged 20 to 29 years old. The TUT Solar Team made their previous car available to the team in January 2020, which they started working on to suit the new track format. After covering only 19.2 kilometres in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is back and determined to take on thousands of kilometres this time with their new team and brand-new solar car. Areej 1.0, the name of the car that will compete on SA roads, is an acronym for Alfaisal Renewable Energy Group, and means “the scent of a flowery garden” in Arabic. The Agoria Solar Team is a team of Belgian engineering students, competing to build the most innovative and efficient solar car. Copyright © 2020 Vattenfall Solar Team. In the Challenge class 24 teams started, of which eight completed the course, and the winner was Tokai University of Japan. Their car, SolarFlair SP 400, gets its name from the term solar flare, a sudden temporary outburst of energy from a small area of the sun's surface. “We still face many challenges as a team, but we regard them as an invitation to rise to another level, to test ourselves, improve in the process - and show that we can accomplish something that may seem difficult or even impossible to others,” said team spokesperson Siham Darkaoui. This will be the first time that a team from Mpumalanga enters the SSC. The 2011 World Solar Challenge was a race from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia in Australia. All other designs and manufacturing are done by staff and students from the university. The team competed in its first solar challenge in the 2018 SSC with Solar Flyer, and had only two months before the event to build their car from scratch. Taking part in this event is a huge opportunity, an achievement and a learning curve, all at once,” said team leader, Hanchen Botha. They are organisers and sponsors of the programme, in which local school teams build and compete with electric vehicles in an hour-long race. Teijin Aramid has announced that its para-aramid fibre Twaron will be deployed in the solar-powered vehicles of the KU Leuven and University of Michigan teams taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The 2009 World Solar Challenge was one of a biennial series of solar-powered car races, covering 3,021 km (1,877 mi) through the Australian Outback, from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia.. Inmarsat partner JSAT Mobile Communications is sponsoring a team in the World Solar Challenge 2013. The challenge accepts 3 classes of cars, Challenger, Cruiser, and Aventurer. The car has a chassis made of a high strength aluminium alloy, and an outer shell made from a carbon fibre composite. This year 47 teams will compete representing 25 countries. He said it tells the story of a driver of a carriage powered by two horses representing good and evil, which must be balanced by the driver. Teijin says it intends to strengthen its… Since they started competing in solar events in 2007, the team from the University of Chile has built five solar cars: Eolian 1, 2, 3 and 4, and Eolian Fénix. The team is excited to compete in the new track format and are currently working on their previous car, redesigning and rebuilding parts that will reduce weight - the goal is for the car to weigh below 200 kg, with improved efficiency. After a few difficult years, the North West University Solar Team hopes to shine new light on their team by introducing new management for the upcoming Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC). First let’s find out what we will be learning. Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. This brought activity to a halt. The University of Michigan Solar Car Team was founded in 1989 and has been in continuous existence since. Go to the Learning map. The leading car in the World Solar Challenge has caught fire and withdrawn from the race a little more than 250km from the Adelaide finish. Before the national COVID-19 lockdown, the team was designing parts of the car - aimed to weigh in at 250 kg. The team will have two motors powering the rear wheels of their car. The team resumed preparations in September and started stripping the car to its rough shell in order to start the remodelling and reshaping. The Sasol Solar Challenge will allow us to test the drivetrain’s reliability in a new and different environment,” said team leader Professor You-tong Zhang. Results: The team built three separate solar cars to participate in the respective 2013, 2015 and 2019 BWSC - missing the 2017 event as they lacked sufficient time to build a new car. They will also be improving the chassis of the car for improved cornering ability. “This design with the two motors will help us get the speed and torque the car needs,” said Professor Oliver. “The World Solar Challenge was indeed a ‘challenging’ operational environment for the ThinSat 300 antennas, with extreme heat, wind and sandstorms in the Australian outback,” said Bill Milroy, chief technical officer of ThinKom Solutions. +31 85 060 17 19 info@vattenfallsolarteam.com, ~ Wubbo Ockels, Former Advisor and Team Coach. The 18-strong team will include three drivers and a range of senior students and staff of the engineering faculty. In this race teams design and build solar cars to race from Darwin to Adelaide, 3,000 kilometers through the Australian outback. Reaching sustainability is not done by individuals, but by collaborations. “We have designed and built five solar cars, and for each one of them we always look for new ways of being innovative in order to make the solar car project relevant. “Our focus on building solar cars is mainly on the motor and power inverter of the drivetrain. They have five drivers. Despite a lack of funding when building their first car, Eleadora I, the team has persevered and finally has sponsors on board for their next car. We are working on a limited budget, so recycling some parts is essential,” said Human. UT managed 19.2 kilometers. With the World Solar Challenge set to end at around lunchtime tomorrow, the Belgian Agoria Solar Team are in second place. They are currently removing solar panels and signage, reducing the weight of the car from 270 to 250 kg, configuring the battery pack and sanding the chassis. Robert Walker Speed Challenge : A Race to Determine the World's Fastest Solar Car! Despite new management, the team will not be building an entirely new car – instead, opting to re-build Naledi I, which competed in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC). A biennial road challenge covering 3,022 km (1,878 mi) through the Australian Outback, from Darwin, Northern Territory, to Adelaide, South Australia, created to foster the development of experimental, solar-powered vehicles. Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Teams Discussion has 2,258 members. HAWTHORNE, Calif. – November 21, 2019 – ThinKom Solutions, Inc. played a key role in providing vital satellite connectivity for two of the top competitors in the recent Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The team won first place in the Carrera Solar Atacama in Chile in 2018, first place in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2019 and the first place in the iLumen European Solar Challenge in 2020. They hope to complete the Sasol Solar Challenge with a conventional 300 kg car design. “We are also lucky to have a Lithium battery pack that we can use for test runs. They are opting to re-build Sun Shuttle III, which they started designing virtually in February 2020 due to the global Covid-19 lockdown. The 2018 SSC was Sonke’s first ever solar event, and they managed to cover about 600 kilometres with their first solar car, Siyakude I. The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge looks set to be the largest in the event’s 30-year history. In the 2018 SSC, the team won the community engagement award for the demonstration of technologies to the school learners along the route. Under the theme of “Dream bigger. In the previous SSC, the team constructed a car within a very short time, and felt they needed more time for testing. CPUT’s SSC team consists of 10 mechanical engineering and 30 mechatronics students, including four drivers. A newly formed high school team will be participating in the Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC), their first competitive solar event, and are hoping to learn new skills and complete the new track format. We love to listen to our favorite playlist every day. They have decided to switch things up in 2021, and will be competing in the Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) for the first time. They have four drivers and one female team member who is responsible for the electric circuits of the solar cars. The World Solar Challenge is the most famous race for solar-powered electric vehicles, which will take place in Australia between 18 and 25 October. The team was undertaking changes to the look of the car, "Volt Wagen", as well as redesigning parts, when the national COVID-19 lockdown came into effect. Using their learnings from 2018 they are back, and are hoping to cover 2,000 kilometres. The 2015 World Solar Challenge wrapped up October 25, after 40 teams from 20 countries covered around 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) on solar power.. Drawn together through a shared interest, the team became part of the South African Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge founded in 2012. We learned so many lessons, and now we know that one small error - such as faulty safety - can stop the entire car from moving. We got to interact with teams that were a lot more prepared than us, which helped build our confidence. The team consists of 34 members, including learners from grades 8 to 9, teachers, parents and volunteers with a combination of skills from electronics, digital systems, mechanics, civil technology, robotics, media relations and logistics. 37 vehicles were entered in the race, and the event was won by a car from Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan.. Both teams were supplied Bridgestone "ECOPIA with ologic" tires. An MIT team that boasts some notable alumni — including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and D-Lab founder and lecturer in mechanical engineering Amy Smith ’84, SM ’85 — has its eyes fixed on the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a 3,000-km race across the Australian Outback that will take place in October. The Dutch Nuon Solar Team has dominated the World Solar Challenge for the last four races. The team also has two women responsible for the mechanical and design work of their new car, while the mechatronics students also includes 10 women, Solar Flyer II. They are redesigning and rebuilding parts that will reduce weight and improve efficiency. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a biennial solar-powered car race which covers 3,021km through the great Australian Outback, from Darwin to Adelaide. The World Solar Challenge is the most famous race for solar-powered electric vehicles, which will take place in Australia between 18 and 25 October. Eleadora is a Spanish name for Gift of the Sun. The 2013 World Solar Challenge was one of a biennial series of solar-powered car races, covering 3,022 km (1,878 mi) through the Australian Outback, from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia. We have enough spare cells in Darwin for a complete new pack. The leading solar car competing in the World Solar Challenge has burst into flames, forcing the team out of the race for the first time in 20 years. Now in its 11th year, teams take on the challenge to develop, build and drive solar-powered cars, with the ultimate goal of covering the most distance without using a drop of fuel. There were three classes: Cruiser, Challenge and Adventure. A team of 26 students from Alfaisal University are building a solar powered electric vehicle to compete in their first ever solar challenge in South Africa. ThinKom Solutions provided satellite connectivity for two of the top competitors in the recent Bridgestone World Solar Challenge which was held from October 13 to 18. There are 44 teams, made up of mostly university students, from more than 30 countries competing in this year's World Solar Challenge. volunteer@solarchallenge.org.za “All of our cars are named ‘Sun Shuttle’ because we want them to travel fast and smoothly using solar energy. There are for example several teams from Europe, America, Indonesia, Japan and Arabia. The team name was inspired by the Greek god Aeolus - god of the wind - considering the role played by aerodynamics in the design of solar cars. The participating teams aim to be the first to arrive in Adelaide after a race of more than 3.000 km departing from Darwin. The World Solar Challenge is underway in Darwin, with a field of 41 teams from around the globe racing 3,000 kilometres across the continent to Adelaide. They are designing a mono hull with two hub motors – adapting them on an on-board drive with transmission to the rear wheels of the car. Enjoy the music while you scroll through our new website! By competing in the Sasol Solar Challenge for the first time this year, the SolarFlair team from City of Mbombela is determined to attract even more youngsters into the world of STEM. We will be travelling to Barrow Creek to meet them and interview the teams. In preparing the WSC, we have an question. These include some familiar competitors, and few teams who have never competed internationally, or even at all! Newcomers cross the finish line: Sonnenwagen Aachen conquers 3,022 kilometres through the Australian Outback. Hi, everyone We're the KUST (Koomin Univ Solar Team) in South Korea. Since the team’s formation in 2012, Sun Shuttle Solar Team have only competed in the biannual Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. “We want to build a Mbombela community-based car to participate in the challenge, and through that help promote and create an interest in our annual school Electric Vehicle Challenge, and STEM in general,” said team leader Klasie Botha. This will help us to incorporate more cutting-edge technologies,” said team leader Danie Human. Fourteen teams have already re-confirmed their participation in the once-off track format, including four major international teams. Hi guys, We (Nuon Solar Team) heard that there are some teams who still don't have their battery in Darwin. In October 2019, Stella Era became World Champion in the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. “Approximately 40% of Naledi I and Phoenix, which came before it, are re-usable. Before the national COVID-19 lockdown, the team had already started building. The team won first place in the Carrera Solar Atacama in Chile in 2018, first place in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2019 and the first place in the iLumen European Solar Challenge in 2020. The name was inspired by Ancient Greek philosopher Plato, who shared the myth of the Áuriga constellation. “It’s unreal and I don’t think it has struck home as yet. Japanese World Solar Challenge team stays connected. The Agoria Solar Team is a team of Belgian engineering students, competing to build the most innovative and efficient solar car. Amid the COVID-19 restrictions, a team of engineering students in Saudi Arabia have found new ways to continue work on a very special research project, all the while practising safety measures against the respiratory infection. The biennial race – a showcase for solar-powered alternatives to conventional vehicle engines – covers a gruelling 3,000 km (1,865-mile) route from the north to the south of Australia. We always aim to build higher efficiency solar cars, and all our designs are inspired by things with low air resistance such as rain drop and bird’s wings,” said Professor Zhang. Check out our roadmap to see how we are going to reach our goal. This time around, they decided to get inventive and name their sixth solar car, and first four-seater, “Áuriga”, which is Latin for “Charioteer”. We will do 3 lessons over the next week. A 3000 km solar race through the Australian outback against universities all over the world. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is the most prestigious solar car race. The high school team was formed by a partnership between a local high school and veterans of the SSC - Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Solar Team. Skills include chemical, industrial, mechanical and electrical engineering, and team members range from 22 to 60 years of age. Following the Chilean nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, they moved to a virtual design process. And we are proud that the majority of the solar car’s components were designed, developed, and manufactured by the student in the university,” said team leader Habib Farooq. admin@solarchallenge.org.za On their fourth car, the team took the more conventional approach and built a two-seater car. The team has competed three times - 2014, 2016 and 2019 - in the Moroccan Solar Challenge, placing second twice. The SP stands for Sun Power, and the 400 for R400, 000 the teams’ budget for building the car. The Vattenfall Solar Team is building solar car Nuna to race in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2021. Team Seilatsatsi is back for the second time, now with a brand-new car for the upcoming Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC). The car name was inspired by its tear-drop shaped body that resembled an aircraft with a wing. The team had also started developing the car’s battery charging, monitoring and control systems. The 2019 challenge included 53 solar-powered vehicles designed and built by teams of university students from 23 countries. They are introducing a different acceleration mechanism, more reliable safety switches in order to isolate the power sources so that no one working on the car is harmed, a new motor and more efficient panels. The 2021 team profiles are added as teams are confirmed, as registration is still open. The university also qualified for and participated in the Formula Student UK competition– an engineering design competition for students to design, build and race a formula-style single seater racing car. For this year, we have changed the whole strategy to include only students busy with postgraduate studies. A total of 53 teams from 24 countries will take part in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from 13-20 October. Team Name: Alfaisal Boeing Solar Car Team. Solar Challenge Office: 1 Plum Court,69 Freight Road,Louwlardia,Centurion,0046South Africa, Event Director The team started designing their car in January 2020. While the allowable solar panel size has decreased this year (to half the size of the first event in 1987), there is more flexibility in vehicle size. Team Name: North West University Solar Team. Team Name: Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The team consists of 40 members and has 14 women who occupy almost all of the team’s leadership roles. The car name was chosen by one of the learners during a school-wide competition. 2021 sasol solar challenge In February 2021, South Africa will host more than 10 teams of promising young engineers from SA and around the world as they take on the Sasol Solar Challenge. The World Solar Challenge (WSC), or the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge since 2013, tied to the sponsorship of Bridgestone Corporation is the world's most well-known solar-powered car event. Team Sonnenwagen Aachen - We are a team of students from Aachen, who aim to build a solarcar to participate in Solar Challenges around the world. World Solar Challenge Teams create a solar electric vehicle that races across the Australian outback every two years. Team name: Central University of Technology: Seilatsatsi. We are going into the upcoming challenge fully prepared, and the team is excited to use their experience to develop their own designs in the future.”. Lizé-Mari Nel However, the team is determined - with its new design process - to have a fully functioning car before the event kicks off. Top Dutch Solar Racing will take pole position when the world's fastest solar cars leave Darwin to race 3,000 kilometres to Adelaide. They are approaching the SSC as a research opportunity. In the Challenge class 19 teams started, of which 10 completed the course, and the winner was a Nuna car built by Nuon of the Netherlands. The Solar Team of the Eindhoven University of Technology won the World Solar Challenge in Australia in the cruiser category. Chanté van den Berg “Our first experience of the Sasol Solar Challenge was a steep learning curve. But that’s not the end of the story… We are continuously working on developing innovative technologies that push the limits of what we know is possible. A group of Mpumalanga residents who have worked in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) departments of education for kids for years have decided to lead by example by establishing the province’s first solar car team. Contact me … They hope to attract young talent to the team before the event. +27 12 661 0541, Volunteer Coordinator This is the fourth year in a row that the Eindhoven team won gold in this category for family solar-powered cars, the university announced on Twitter. 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