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More Interviews With World Solar Challenge Competitors

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the go-fast-turn-left dept.

Australia 9

Mike_EE_U_of_I writes with "Continuing coverage of the World Solar Challenge in Australia. Now up are interviews with the second place team (Nuon from the Netherlands) and third place University of Michigan. Also there is an interview with the organizer of the event, Chris Sellwood. Official times aren't out yet, but Nuon arrived at the finish 65 minutes after the leaders, and Michigan reached the finish 103 minutes after Nuon."

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End Team Nuon (1)

ttong (2459466) | more than 2 years ago | (#37809934)

Energy could be a lot cheaper if they spent less on office furniture and sponsorships. Everyone has to tighten their belt these days, no exceptions.

Re:End Team Nuon (1)

MrL0G1C (867445) | more than 2 years ago | (#37816390)

Everyone has to tighten their belt these days, no exceptions.

This is why we're practically in a recession, the less belt-tightening the better to get out of the recession.

Re:End Team Nuon (1)

ttong (2459466) | more than 2 years ago | (#37828798)

Sure, go spend some more. When the credit card refuses, just get another one. Hell, Greece does it all the time so why can't we?

The most important bit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37811344)

This story mentions Australia.

World Solar Challenge news (1)

SustainableJeroen (2474816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37812084)

As there really isn't a central site with up-to-date news in the weeks before the World Solar Challenge, I decided to do it myself. In the weeks and days before the WSC I started collecting all information about all the teams I could find. Some teams have extensive websites, social media accounts, youtube/vimeo accounts while other teams simply had no online presence at all. Very frustrating. I managed to collect detailed information of only eight teams [] . During the event I took a week off from work, and together with ex-Nuon Solar Team (Nuna2, 2003) member Diederik Kinds I provided near-round-the-clock coverage [] of the race. It was hectic, intense and very exciting but the large number of compliments we received was worth it. After the top-5 teams finished Friday things have quieted down quite a bit. I'm still waiting for the final timing/distance results of all the teams, it's a bit frustrating that this should have to take so long. All in all, it was an extremely exciting event, with bush fires, a race suspension, more cloudy weather than ever before, more rain than ever before and only seven (!) of the teams made it to the finish line under solar power alone - of 37 that started the race. I hope to be able to do it 'closer to the front' line in 2013.

Re:World Solar Challenge news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37813518)

Is there a good place to find specs on the cars? total solar power, voltage, efficiency, brands, etc?

Re:World Solar Challenge news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37826846)

Thanks to the team! They did a great job of covering the event under difficult circumstances.

Solar cars (1)

unixisc (2429386) | more than 2 years ago | (#37814960)

If this is possible, why can't we have commercially available solar powered cars, just like EV cars? Yeah, yeah, I know it's not always pleasant weather, but just as we have hybrid gas/battery powered cars, similarly, why not a hybrid gasoline/solar powered cars initially? Have the silicon panels make up the hood, and have the car use that solar power to supply energy whenever it is coasting. Or maybe use solar power to power the AC. That can be a first step, and as techniques develop to run more of the engine on solar power, that can be a viable long term replacement of gasoline.

Re:Solar cars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37826942)

It's barely possible. Take a look at to see what the single seat cars look like. They use very expensive cells, I've heard some teams spend US$1 million(?) on the cells alone, not including the power trackers to balance them for best efficiency.

Good student project, not ready for production.

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