A new contest, in which 50 teams from all over the world shall compete to win the prize for best solar-powered car, will be held this fall in Australia.
The World Solar challenge competition will begin October 18 and will end October 25. The racing track will be from Darwin to Adelaide, a total distance of approximately 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometres).
The teams will have permission to store no more than 5 kilowatt-hours in their solar cars. The rest of the energy must come from the sun or from the car’s kinetic energy, according to the rules of the competition.
When asked about the weather conditions, Alex Lubkin, a materials science student at Stanford University in California stated that: “The climate is no easy task.”
The solar car of the Stanford team looks nothing like a common car. The vehicle does not have a door but rather a hatch that opens much like the lid of a cardboard box and the driver’s sit is placed on the right side, very low to the ground, inside a transparent bubble.
Students at Stanford University placed solar panels all over the car’s flat hood. The car appears to have an oblong shape since its wheels are concealed.
The solar-powered car of the Durham University Electric Motorsport team in the United Kingdom, has an exterior shell made out of carbon fibre, it is very light, and has the shape of an aeroplane’s wing.
Toby McBrid, a team member of the Durham University Electric Motorsport, stated that in 2011 he and his colleagues entered the competition, but their car got ruined under the pressure of the solar panels which fractured because of the great heat.
Lubkin, of Stanford University, stated that weather reports should be constantly followed. On a cloudy day, the teams would have to drive faster in areas where the sky is cloudy, and slower through sunny patched in order to conserve energy.
Dom Brown, a team member of the Cambridge University Eco Racing Team in the United Kingdom, believes that these competitions raise awareness when it comes to the environmentally friendly technology. “Sooner or later, we won’t be able to rely on finite fossil fuel reserves. We are striving to show what can be achieved using solar power,” Brown stated.
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