“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. 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. Solar Challenge Office: 1 Plum Court,69 Freight Road,Louwlardia,Centurion,0046South Africa, Event Director There are for example several teams from Europe, America, Indonesia, Japan and Arabia. For this year, we have changed the whole strategy to include only students busy with postgraduate studies. 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. In the previous challenges, they competed with a three-wheeled, polycarbonate bodied car - Eleadora I. 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. Following the Chilean nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, they moved to a virtual design process. We are now eagerly awaiting the end of the lockdown, at which time we will do the first test runs,” said Botha. A total of 53 teams from 24 countries will take part in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from 13-20 October. Top Dutch Solar Racing will take pole position when the world's fastest solar cars leave Darwin to race 3,000 kilometres to Adelaide. 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. Taking part in this event is a huge opportunity, an achievement and a learning curve, all at once,” said team leader, Hanchen Botha. This will be the first time that a team from Mpumalanga enters the SSC. Sonke means “together” while the car name Siyakude means “we will go far”. Team name: Central University of Technology: Seilatsatsi. The team consists of 40 members and has 14 women who occupy almost all of the team’s leadership roles. With the World Solar Challenge set to end at around lunchtime tomorrow, the Belgian Agoria Solar Team are in second place. Un team dell’Università KU di Lovanio in Belgio ha vinto la World Solar Challenge 2019, gara di 3.000 km per auto a energia solare. The World Solar Challenge has kicked off for another year, with Holland's Nuon Solar Team taking an early lead. Wheels, brakes and a steering wheel had already been installed. 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.. 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. The team currently consists of 20 members, aiming to grow to at least 30 in total before the event kicks off, and includes teachers, parents and former learners with combinations of skills from aerodynamics, mechanical to electrical. “All of our cars are named ‘Sun Shuttle’ because we want them to travel fast and smoothly using solar energy. There were three classes: Cruiser, Challenge and Adventure. The challenge accepts 3 classes of cars, Challenger, Cruiser, and Aventurer. Lizé-Mari Nel CPUT’s SSC team consists of 10 mechanical engineering and 30 mechatronics students, including four drivers. The World Solar Challenge runs every second year in August. director@solarchallenge.org.za 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. 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 team has 10 members, ranging from 40 to over 70 years of age, but it is still short a driver. “It’s unreal and I don’t think it has struck home as yet. The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge looks set to be the largest in the event’s 30-year history. This brought activity to a halt. Team Name: Alfaisal Boeing Solar Car Team. They are approaching the SSC as a research opportunity. media@solarchallenge.org.za, Seilatsatsi: Central University of Technology. It was also a lesson to us to know what parameters to focus on to achieve better results, and we believe all this will help us in the upcoming Sasol Solar Challenge,” said team leader Rob Lodge. We will be travelling to Barrow Creek to meet them and interview the teams. They hope to attract young talent to the team before the event. 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. Speed Challenge : A Race to Determine the World's Fastest Solar Car! 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. The Agoria Solar Team is a team of Belgian engineering students, competing to build the most innovative and efficient solar car. 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. 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. There are 44 teams, made up of mostly university students, from more than 30 countries competing in this year's World Solar Challenge. The car name was chosen by one of the learners during a school-wide competition. Team skills range from electrical and mechanical engineering to graphic design and electronics, and builds on knowledge gained from building small EV cars. In 2018, the CUT team competed in its first SSC with Pere ea Letsatsi – a Sesotho name that means “horse from the sun”. Although intimidated at being the only high school team to compete in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC), Sonke said they had decided to use their fears as motivation to prove themselves to the bigger teams. Our partners are the absolute key to making the dream come true. Japanese World Solar Challenge team stays connected. 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. Since the team’s formation in 2012, Sun Shuttle Solar Team have only competed in the biannual Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. 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). The car has a chassis made of a high strength aluminium alloy, and an outer shell made from a carbon fibre composite. It has taken the Alfaisal Boeing Solar Car Team three years to design and build its Areej 1.0 solar car. Currently the team has 12 members aged 21 to 24 years old, including four drivers and three women. Go to the Learning map. “We are a multidisciplinary team, each of us bringing unique skills from the electrical, mechanical, software, and industrial engineering departments. 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. The Agoria Solar Team is a team of Belgian engineering students, competing to build the most innovative and efficient solar car. “An eagle can soar higher than other birds, soaring with almost no energy lost. 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. This time around, they decided to get inventive and name their sixth solar car, and first four-seater, “Áuriga”, which is Latin for “Charioteer”. For the upcoming SSC, their first international event, they aim to compete with a 200 kg four-wheeler; Eleadora ll. The team resumed preparations in September and started stripping the car to its rough shell in order to start the remodelling and reshaping. The Solar Education Program provides a safe environment for teams to display their solar cars. “It’s good to start over again and look at what can be done differently. The Agoria team streamed large high-quality video files back for press usage during nighttime hours. 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. This purpose of this group is to have an open discussion with all solar car teams about new regulations for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, as well as any other BWSC/solar car questions. Drawn together through a shared interest, the team became part of the South African Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge founded in 2012. In the Challenge class 24 teams started, of which eight completed the course, and the winner was Tokai University of Japan. The rebuild will cost roughly R1 million, and is funded by the university and industry partners. 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. 37 vehicles were entered in the race, and the event was won by a car from Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan.. They are also supporting the team financially, as well as mentoring and guiding them to put the solar car together. “Our first experience of the Sasol Solar Challenge was a steep learning curve. 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. They are redesigning and rebuilding parts that will reduce weight and improve efficiency. All our designs are inspired by the different technological advances internationally and by the needs we have as a country,” said team leader, Mariana Novoa. 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. +27 12 661 0541, Media Enquiries 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. 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. Hi guys, We (Nuon Solar Team) heard that there are some teams who still don't have their battery in Darwin. Fourteen teams have already re-confirmed their participation in the once-off track format, including four major international teams. A suspension unit had been tested and the drivetrain completed. We will do 3 lessons over the next week. 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. 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. Results: Before the national COVID-19 lockdown, the team had already started building. 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. The communication with the pit crew will be easier and play a bigger role in our success,” said Lodge. In October 2019, Stella Era became World Champion in the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We got to interact with teams that were a lot more prepared than us, which helped build our confidence. 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. We have only tested these in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. It provides a chance to showcase advances in solar technologies as well as highlight commitment to a sustainable future. Anzet du Plessis We are working on a limited budget, so recycling some parts is essential,” said Human. The World Solar Challenge is a grueling race through the Australian outback that runs more than 1,860 miles. 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. In preparing the WSC, we have an question. Their experience now enables them to improve on their 2018 strategy. 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.”. 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. The 2021 team profiles are added as teams are confirmed, as registration is still open. 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. 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.. +27 12 661 0541, Volunteer Coordinator 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. The team will have two motors powering the rear wheels of their car. Six of the new team members competed in the 2018 SSC. Team Name: Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Chanté van den Berg Tom from Bridgestone HQ Adelaide with the American Solar Challenge Trophy - the Wilson Cup. The solar cars travel over 3,000 kilometers from Darwin in Northern Australia to Adelaide in South Australia over five days. The 2007 World Solar Challenge was one of a biennial series of solar-powered car races, covering 2,999 km (1,863 mi) through the Australian Outback, from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia.. 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. All other designs and manufacturing are done by staff and students from the university. 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. A 3000 km solar race through the Australian outback against universities all over the world. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a biennial event pitching the world's brightest emerging minds in engineering against one another to build and operate a solar car from Darwin to Adelaide, South Australia through the harsh Australian outback 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. Currently the team has 11 members aged 20 to 29 years old. 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. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is an international solar 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. They are opting to re-build Sun Shuttle III, which they started designing virtually in February 2020 due to the global Covid-19 lockdown. 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). Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Teams Discussion has 2,339 members. 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). This purpose of this group is to have an open discussion with all solar car teams about new regulations for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, as well as any other BWSC/solar car questions. 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. The team started designing their car in January 2020. +31 85 060 17 19 info@vattenfallsolarteam.com, ~ Wubbo Ockels, Former Advisor and Team Coach. 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 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. First let’s find out what we will be learning. The team has competed three times - 2014, 2016 and 2019 - in the Moroccan Solar Challenge, placing second twice. The Vattenfall Solar Team is building solar car Nuna to race in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2021. 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 is hoping to make its car 30 kg lighter to weigh approximately 180 kg, but this will require some parts to be designed from scratch. Before the national COVID-19 lockdown, the team had already started with design and scaled prototyping, and was about 60% done with the car. Mines Rabat was formed in 2014 by a group of engineering students, driven by a love of science. The participating teams aim to be the first to arrive in Adelaide after a race of more than 3.000 km departing from Darwin. Rycardo Simoes Alves +27 12 661 0285, Team Liaison Officer The Dutch Nuon Solar Team has dominated the World Solar Challenge for the last four races. 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 World Solar Challenge is a solar-powered endurance race covering 3,000 km (1864 mi) of unforgiving Australian outback between the cities of Adelaide and Darwin. “Competing in the track format will make the logistics so much easier for us. Some materials, including the motor, battery, and panels, have been outsourced. “Our goal for the SSC is to build a solar machine that will get to the finish line in one piece.”. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is the most prestigious solar car race. In all, 37 teams competed of which 16 completed the course. The 2019 challenge included 53 solar-powered vehicles designed and built by teams of university students from 23 countries. 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. 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. We learned so many lessons, and now we know that one small error - such as faulty safety - can stop the entire car from moving. Reaching sustainability is not done by individuals, but by collaborations. 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. 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. We love to listen to our favorite playlist every day. volunteer@solarchallenge.org.za It is that time of the year again when all eyes were on the World Solar Challenge, which took place in Australia. Attract eyes and ears by having Nuna and our team at your exhibition, office opening, or celebration. More than fourty teams from all around the globe participate in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. For the upcoming SSC, their new car will be called “Ntsu” – Eagle. They introduced themselves in this video. They have four drivers and one female team member who is responsible for the electric circuits of the solar cars. 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. 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 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge had a record number of entries: 53 teams from 24 countries. 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. The teams set off from Darwin on Sunday on the 3,000 kilometre trek to Adelaide. In the previous SSC, the team constructed a car within a very short time, and felt they needed more time for testing. The name was inspired by Ancient Greek philosopher Plato, who shared the myth of the Áuriga constellation. Team Name: North West University Solar Team. It is going to be an unforgettable experience which I’m not sure we are completely prepared for. The 13-member team, aged 22 to 60, designs the majority of the parts of their cars, including the structure of the carbon fiber-nomex plate, which is the material making up the main frame of the car. They’ve also redesigned the electronics and many other features, and the design incorporates 3D-printing of custom components. 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. 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