Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
The biennial World Solar Challenge (WSC) is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious solar racing competitions, and with good reason. Teams must design and construct cars with the aim of completing the race with the highest average speed, using sunlight and recovered kinetic energy as their only sources of fuel. The route extends for a grueling 3022km from Darwin to Adelaide, through some of the Australian Outback’s harshest environments.
The challenge attracts competitors from over 26 nations, ranging from universities through to technical institutes and private enterprises and including such prestigious institutions as Stanford, MIT and Cambridge. This high calibre of competition helps to attract significant global media attention to the WSC.
The WSC is much more than just a race. It is an exhibition of sustainability-driven innovation, where cutting-edge solar technologies are on display for all to see. In fact, average speeds of up to 100km/h have been maintained for the duration of the entire race, in some cases using less energy than your coffee maker!
Kyoto Institute of technology’s Golden Eagle 5.1 prepares for it’s dynamic testing in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge © Nathan Coleman