Rycardo Simoes Alves 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. “Additionally, we know the Sasol Solar Challenge to be a competitive event and decided to come to South Africa to challenge ourselves and enhance our skills.”. It is going to be an unforgettable experience which I’m not sure we are completely prepared for. Both teams were supplied Bridgestone "ECOPIA with ologic" tires. 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 Agoria Solar Team is a team of Belgian engineering students, competing to build the most innovative and efficient solar car. “Our focus on building solar cars is mainly on the motor and power inverter of the drivetrain. This will be the first time that a team from Mpumalanga enters the SSC. 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. 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.. Follow us on social media for updates, or take a look at the teams already registered below! 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. 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 University of Michigan Solar Car Team was founded in 1989 and has been in continuous existence since. There are for example several teams from Europe, America, Indonesia, Japan and Arabia. 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. 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. A total of 53 teams from 24 countries will take part in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from 13-20 October. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is the most prestigious solar car race. “Competing in the track format will make the logistics so much easier for us. 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 aiming to finish first in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2021. 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. The team resumed preparations in September and started stripping the car to its rough shell in order to start the remodelling and reshaping. “All of our cars are named ‘Sun Shuttle’ because we want them to travel fast and smoothly using solar energy. Inmarsat partner JSAT Mobile Communications is sponsoring a team in the World Solar Challenge 2013. 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. “Our first experience of the Sasol Solar Challenge was a steep learning curve. 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 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. 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. Using their learnings from 2018 they are back, and are hoping to cover 2,000 kilometres. +31 85 060 17 19 info@vattenfallsolarteam.com, ~ Wubbo Ockels, Former Advisor and Team Coach. teamdesk@solarchallenge.org.za The team consists of 40 members and has 14 women who occupy almost all of the team’s leadership roles. The team consider the car as a gift, given the long hours spent designing it. Taking part in this event is a huge opportunity, an achievement and a learning curve, all at once,” said team leader, Hanchen Botha. 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. In the Challenge class 24 teams started, of which eight completed the course, and the winner was Tokai University of Japan. Before the national COVID-19 lockdown, the team had already started building. Before the national COVID-19 lockdown, the team was designing parts of the car - aimed to weigh in at 250 kg. Lizé-Mari Nel The team said it was proud and honoured to be a part of the solar car project, and look forward to creating unforgettable memories. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is an international solar car event. The name was inspired by Ancient Greek philosopher Plato, who shared the myth of the Áuriga constellation. +27 12 661 0541, Volunteer Coordinator They will also be improving the chassis of the car for improved cornering ability. 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. The Solar Team of the Eindhoven University of Technology won the World Solar Challenge in Australia in the cruiser category. Participating teams are likely to come up with innovative designs that have never been seen before. “An eagle can soar higher than other birds, soaring with almost no energy lost. 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. It has taken the Alfaisal Boeing Solar Car Team three years to design and build its Areej 1.0 solar car. Following the Chilean nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, they moved to a virtual design process. 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. Currently the team has 11 members aged 20 to 29 years old. 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 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. The 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge had a record number of entries: 53 teams from 24 countries. The car name was inspired by its tear-drop shaped body that resembled an aircraft with a wing. The World Solar Challenge runs every second year in August. Hi guys, We (Nuon Solar Team) heard that there are some teams who still don't have their battery in Darwin. We are now eagerly awaiting the end of the lockdown, at which time we will do the first test runs,” said Botha. Materials such as the motor, batteries and solar panels are outsourced. A Dreamteam consisting of ambitious students from Delft University of Technology. “This design with the two motors will help us get the speed and torque the car needs,” said Professor Oliver. 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. Fourteen teams have already re-confirmed their participation in the once-off track format, including four major international teams. We have enough spare cells in Darwin for a complete new pack. The 2011 World Solar Challenge was a race from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia in Australia. They are approaching the SSC as a research opportunity. 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. We will be travelling to Barrow Creek to meet them and interview the teams. This year 47 teams will compete representing 25 countries. 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. The SP stands for Sun Power, and the 400 for R400, 000 the teams’ budget for building the car. “We are a multidisciplinary team, each of us bringing unique skills from the electrical, mechanical, software, and industrial engineering departments. Team skills range from electrical and mechanical engineering to graphic design and electronics, and builds on knowledge gained from building small EV cars. 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. Top Dutch Solar Racing will take pole position when the world's fastest solar cars leave Darwin to race 3,000 kilometres to Adelaide. Their experience now enables them to improve on their 2018 strategy. 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. 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. 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. We will do 3 lessons over the next week. They have now returned to their work place and have started building their car. 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. 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. It’s been a very eventful race so far with the teams having to deal with some very adverse conditions, including a sandstorm which called a halt to Solar Team Twente’s efforts after their car was hit by a gust of wind that forced it off the road. 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. Drawn together through a shared interest, the team became part of the South African Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge founded in 2012. 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. 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. Speed Challenge : A Race to Determine the World's Fastest Solar Car! 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. Tom from Bridgestone HQ Adelaide with the American Solar Challenge Trophy - the Wilson Cup. First let’s find out what we will be learning. Skills include chemical, industrial, mechanical and electrical engineering, and team members range from 22 to 60 years of age. With the World Solar Challenge set to end at around lunchtime tomorrow, the Belgian Agoria Solar Team are in second place. 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. 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. 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. It is that time of the year again when all eyes were on the World Solar Challenge, which took place in Australia. The team has 10 members, ranging from 40 to over 70 years of age, but it is still short a driver. 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. Attract eyes and ears by having Nuna and our team at your exhibition, office opening, or celebration. Team Name: Alfaisal Boeing Solar Car Team. Newcomers cross the finish line: Sonnenwagen Aachen conquers 3,022 kilometres through the Australian Outback. All other designs and manufacturing are done by staff and students from the university. 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. 37 vehicles were entered in the race, and the event was won by a car from Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan.. Currently the team has 12 members aged 21 to 24 years old, including four drivers and three women. “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. Robert Walker 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. 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. A team from Delft University in the Netherlands has won a 3,000km (1,800 mile) solar car race in the Australian outback. 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. UT managed 19.2 kilometers. 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. volunteer@solarchallenge.org.za Anzet du Plessis 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. The 2021 team profiles are added as teams are confirmed, as registration is still open. 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 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. Japanese World Solar Challenge team stays connected. Solar Challenge Office: 1 Plum Court,69 Freight Road,Louwlardia,Centurion,0046South Africa, Event Director Contact me … The team will have two motors powering the rear wheels of their car. Since the team’s formation in 2012, Sun Shuttle Solar Team have only competed in the biannual Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. 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. They have five drivers. 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. Reaching sustainability is not done by individuals, but by collaborations. +27 12 661 0285, Project Manager Hi, everyone We're the KUST (Koomin Univ Solar Team) in South Korea. In the 2018 SSC, the team won the community engagement award for the demonstration of technologies to the school learners along the route. They hope to attract young talent to the team before the event. These include some familiar competitors, and few teams who have never competed internationally, or even at all! 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. Team name: Central University of Technology: Seilatsatsi. 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 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. “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. The rebuild will cost roughly R1 million, and is funded by the university and industry partners. “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. In the previous SSC, the team constructed a car within a very short time, and felt they needed more time for testing. Enjoy the music while you scroll through our new website! The challenge accepts 3 classes of cars, Challenger, Cruiser, and Aventurer. Both teams were supplied Bridgestone "ECOPIA with ologic" tires. 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. This time around, they decided to get inventive and name their sixth solar car, and first four-seater, “Áuriga”, which is Latin for “Charioteer”. Under the theme of “Dream bigger. Team Name: North West University Solar Team. In October 2019, Stella Era became World Champion in the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We love to listen to our favorite playlist every day. The car will have a new chassis, aiming for reliability on uneven road surfaces. 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). 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 Dutch Nuon Solar Team has dominated the World Solar Challenge for the last four races. 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. 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. The team has competed three times - 2014, 2016 and 2019 - in the Moroccan Solar Challenge, placing second twice. The Chinese team is part of the Centre for Low Emission Vehicle Research (CLEVeR) Laboratory of the Beijing Institute of Technology, which looks into reducing vehicle emissions. 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 participating teams aim to be the first to arrive in Adelaide after a race of more than 3.000 km departing from Darwin. However, the team is determined - with its new design process - to have a fully functioning car before the event kicks off. +27 12 661 0541, Media Enquiries This brought activity to a halt. The World Solar Challenge has kicked off for another year, with Holland's Nuon Solar Team taking an early lead. 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.. 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). 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. Mines Rabat was formed in 2014 by a group of engineering students, driven by a love of science. In preparing the WSC, we have an question. 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. The new solar car will have a carbon fibre shell, a MITSUBA motor, and one battery pack. Results: Before the national COVID-19 lockdown, the team had already started with design and scaled prototyping, and was about 60% done with the car. nuon solar team has won the 2017 world solar challenge with its newest design for a solar powered car, the nuna9. Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Teams Discussion has 2,339 members. The 2019 challenge included 53 solar-powered vehicles designed and built by teams of university students from 23 countries. They hope to complete the Sasol Solar Challenge with a conventional 300 kg car design. Eleadora is a Spanish name for Gift of the Sun. 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 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge looks set to be the largest in the event’s 30-year history. The Agoria Solar Team is a team of Belgian engineering students, competing to build the most innovative and efficient solar car. 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. They have four drivers and one female team member who is responsible for the electric circuits of the solar cars. 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