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The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 #BWSC19: From Darwin to Adelaide Australia

Geschreven op 21-6-2017 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Vervoer en OV Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

17 October 2019: The lead changed dramatically in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge this morning.

Vattenfall Solar Team’s Nuna X was taken out of the race, catching fire 2761 kilometres from Darwin, just before Mambray Creek, 263 kilometres from the City of Adelaide Finish Line.

Belgian team Agoria, who were just two and a half minutes behind, surged ahead to the front.

Few can remember a more dramatic day in BWSC History, with Agoria Solar Team from Belgium claiming their first title. Agoria Solar Team charged into the lead this morning, after working incredibly hard to make up time over the final days of their Challenge. Rising in the field, they shortened their gap yesterday from just over 40 minutes, to just 2 minutes this morning.

As they crossed the Finish Line all could feel the pure sense of elation from the Belgians, who have claimed the first title in their team’s history.

16 October 2019: Despite all of the hard work and preparation, unfortunately Mother Naure can be the most brutal, unpredictable adversary when it comes to the BWSC.

This morning around 20 minutes after starting on the road, Solar Team Twente’s driver was battling strong cross winds, when a big gust caused the car to hit the side of the road, falling off the slope and roll.

While the driver was unharmed, he was still taken to the local hospital to get checked and we can confirm he is safe and well. However, understandably the team was devastated. Their car RED E was irreparable, forcing them out of the competition for the 2019 BWSC.

13 October 2017: The cars of the future, the Cruiser Class, charged into Adelaide’s Victoria Square today within the official time window in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Germany’s HS Bochum was the first to arrive at the finish line in Blue Cruiser – a stylish four-seater classic coupe designed from the ground up as a mainstream motoring vehicle. Interior finishes feature sustainable materials such as vegan pineapple leather seats.

The day belonged to the 2013 and 2015 Dutch Cruiser Class Champions, Team Eindhoven, whose performance has them set for a ‘hat- trick’ with the 2017 Cruiser Cup firmly in their grasp. Having blitzed the current points table by carrying five people in their solar family car Stella Vie almost all the
way from Darwin, they will head into the final judging round tomorrow in an unbeatable position.

12 October 2017: The Nuon Solar team, the flying Dutch from The Netherlands, claimed their seventh title in the Challenger class as they crossed the Official Finish Line in Victoria Square Adelaide with the Nuna 9, first in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

They crossed ahead of USA’s Michigan, who are on track for second place, in their torpedo shaped Novum and their best ever result in Australia. Punch Powertrain from Belgium are also on track for their best result since 2007, with a 3rd place podium finish. Solar Team Twente finished on the fith place with the Red Shift.

See also: The Red Shift by Solar Team Twente in the World Solar Challenge 2017 – Punch Two Zonnewagen by Punch Powertrain Solar Team van de KU Leuven – The World Solar Challenge 2015 with Three Dutch Solar Cars: Nuna 8 – Red One – Stella Lux – The Nuna 8: The Winner of The World Solar Challange 2015 – The Red One by Solar Team Twente in the World Solar Challenge 2015: Second Place – Stella Lux: The First Energy Positive Family Car With The Solar Navigator in the World Solar Challenge – Lightyear One Solar Car Charges Itself With Clean Solar Power

21 June 2017: The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is primarily a design competition to discover the world’s most efficient electric car. The biennial event seeks to inspire some of the brightest young people on the planet to address the imperatives of sustainable transport. This year the event will take place from Sunday 8 till Sunday 15 October 2017.

Every two years, for the past 30 years, the World Solar Challenge has welcomed the greatest minds from around the world to Australia to challenge the norms and travel the outback in a vehicle powered only by the power of the sun.

Traversing 3,000 km from Darwin to Adelaide, teams comprise of tertiary and secondary students from over 30 countries. These students and their support team have achieved greatness.

They have engineered and built a vehicle with their own hands and powered it across some of the world’s most challenging landscape. In 2017, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will celebrate its 30th Anniversary.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017 features three classes that represent the diversity of solar EVs and their differing design philosophies.

The Challenger Class with visually stunning – slick, single seat aerodynamic masterpieces built for sustained endurance and total energy efficiency. The 2017 design parameters for Challenger Class solar cars will allow greater design freedom and at the same time require unprecedented efficiency. See also: The Red Shift by Solar Team Twente in the World Solar Challenge 2017 – Punch Two Zonnewagen by Punch Powertrain Solar Team van de KU Leuven – The Nuna 9 by Solar Team Delft

The Cruiser Class to encourage solar cars designed for practicality and acceptance in a given market segment.  Cruiser Class teams aim to change the way we think about what we drive and what fuels we use.  2017 will see the third running of this class, which is a tribute to the inaugural event in 2013 which saw a four-seater family car travel over 3000 Km with an external energy input of just 64kWh. See also: Stella Vie by Solar Team Eindhoven in the World Solar Challenge 2017

The Adventure Class is non-competitive and allows cars built for previous editions of the event to run again, usually with new team members.  It can also be used as a catchment for those who, while meeting the exacting safety standards, may not have quite made full compliance with the latest requirements.

See also: The World Solar Challenge 2015 with Three Dutch Solar Cars: Nuna 8 – Red One – Stella Lux – The Nuna 8: The Winner of The World Solar Challange 2015 – The Red One by Solar Team Twente in the World Solar Challenge 2015: Second Place – Stella Lux: The First Energy Positive Family Car With The Solar Navigator in the World Solar Challenge – Lightyear One Solar Car Charges Itself With Clean Solar Power

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  1. Kees zegt:

    6 oktober 2017 om 14:43 | Permalink

    Ecofys shares insights into solar car potential in the lead up to World Solar Challenge

    This Sunday, solar car experts from all over the world will gather in Australia for the World Solar Challenge. Student teams will compete in a 3,000 km traverse across the Australian desert with solar cars they developed. Inspired by one of the competing teams, Solar Team Eindhoven of the Eindhoven University of Technology, the joint team of Ecofys and Navigant took a closer look at trends for EVs. In a new white paper (PDF), the experts discuss the potential of electric solar vehicles.

    In the near future, it is unlikely that solar cars will be completely self-sufficient and EV charging will be needed, but solar energy could nevertheless provide a relevant contribution. One of the main challenges for EV adoption is to ensure that it offers the same level of comfort to the consumer as conventional vehicles. Battery costs represent a large share of the vehicle costs; therefore, vehicles with lengthier driving ranges are expensive. Furthermore, the availability of charging infrastructure remains a barrier that hampers consumers from switching to EVs. Integrating solar panels in EVs holds great potential for improving EV technology and advancing the energy transition.

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    23 december 2017 om 13:40 | Permalink

    2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: Celebrating 30 Years

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