Cambridge students create the UKs most efficient solar-powered electric car

November 12, 2019 by  
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Undergraduate students at Cambridge University have teamed up with Formula 1 engineering experts and Bridgestone to design and build Helia — a solar-powered electric car that is so energy efficient, it can travel more than 500 miles at 50 miles per hour on the same amount of power it takes to boil a kettle. The student team, known as Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER), equipped the aerodynamic and lightweight vehicle with an extremely high-energy density battery pack to achieve more than double the range of a Tesla Model 3, while being just a quarter of the size. To show off its features, Helia recently competed in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019, a renowned solar car race where 40 to 50 teams race 1,864 miles from Darwin to Adelaide. Related: Meet ‘Blade’, the world’s first 3D-printed hypercar In designing Helia, CUER pushed the boundaries of automotive battery technology and aerodynamics. Portsmouth-based Formaplex, a manufacturer of lightweight components for high-powered supercars and Formula 1 teams, created Helia’s ultra-lightweight, carbon-fiber chassis and body panels, making it possible for the four-seat family car to weigh just 1,200 pounds without compromising structural integrity. The aerodynamic build is coupled with low rolling-resistant tires — developed in collaboration with Bridgestone — to significantly enhance the electric car’s overall energy efficiency. The solar-powered Helia is equipped with high-performance lithium-ion battery packs produced in collaboration with Silverstone-based vehicle electrification company Danecca. Although electrical issues prevented the team from progressing past the first stage of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019, they are optimistic about taking Helia to other solar races in Europe and beyond. “Helia was designed to demonstrate the technology behind electric vehicles and renewable energy and will visit schools next summer with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers,” said Xiaofan Zhang, CUER’s program director. “We have plenty of positives to take forward and are already in search of our next challenge.” + Cambridge University Eco Racing Images via CUER

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Dutch Team Wins 2013 World Solar Challenge in Just 33 Hours

October 11, 2013 by  
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The eco-friendly race through the Australian outback, the World Solar Challenge , has a winner! The 3000km race across Australia ended in Adelaide on Thursday, when the Dutch team Nuon pulled in two hours ahead of the competition. In total, it took the team only 33 hours to navigate their streamlined, one-seater solar car design to the finish line with an average speed of 90.71 km/h. Read the rest of Dutch Team Wins 2013 World Solar Challenge in Just 33 Hours Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , eco friendly cars , eco-friendly race , international car race , renewable energy , solar car race , solar powered cars , solar vehicles , Solar-electric vehicles , world solar challenge        

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Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

August 1, 2013 by  
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Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record  31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past 100,000 megawatts. Now, new reports from the Earth Policy Institute and Worldwatch Institute find that more countries are getting into the solar power game as costs come down and installations ramp up. Solar PV installed capacity increased by 41 percent in 2012 alone, with more than 30 countries now claiming capacity of over 100 megawatts—a figure that is projected to double by 2018. Read the rest of Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , china , germany , italy , megawatts , Solar Power , solar PV capacity , united states , world solar        

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CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

November 29, 2012 by  
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Cambridge University Eco Racing just unveiled its revolutionary new solar car , which will be competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge ! The team blended aerodynamic and solar performance to create an incredibly efficient design. Industry experts from Jaguar Land Rover, investor Hermann Hauser and former principle of Red Bull Racing, Tony Purnell have expressed their confidence that CUER can win next year’s competition. + Cambridge University Eco Racing The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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