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by Jeroen Haringman

Guest blog: Tips for crowdfunding a solar team

crowdfundingIn the first few months of 2015, the Lodz Solar Team (from Poland, website in Polish) organised a crowdfunding campaign (website in Polish) to help fund their journey to Australia. They exceeded their goal of 10000 zł (approximately € 2500) by quite a bit, ending up with 16718 zł (more than € 4000).

In recent years, as acquiring sponsorships from commercial companies became more difficult, we saw quite a few teams turn to crowdfunding initiatives. It took forms like “adopt-a-cell”, “adopt-a-mile” etc., but sometimes backers received small 3D-printed models of the solar cars as a reward.

Unfortunately, many, if not most, of these initiatives did not reach their goals. I found it hard to understand why that was, so when I saw the successful Lodz crowdfunding campaign I asked the team if they’d like to write a guest blog post. Please read on for the guest blog post by Aleksander Ozga: Continue Reading →

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Interesting 1993 WSC mini documentary

The video below gives a nice impression about the 1993 World Solar Challenge. Some things I noticed:

  • Lots of polycrystalline solar cells
  • Some cars running lead-acid batteries 8O
  • Cars still a bit more optimised for cell placement than for aerodynamics
  • Car companies (Honda, Toyota) still directly involved in solar cars
  • Commenter keeps referring to the event as a race (which it is not)

What interesting stuff did you notice? Please let me know in the comments below.

by Jeroen Haringman

Michigan and Eco Solar Breizh videos of the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge

Both the University of Michigan Solar Car Team and Eco Solar Breizh posted interesting videos about the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. Firstly: Michigans video. Of particular interest is what happens from 5m16s onwards, where it looks like a collision was narrowly avoided between Quantum and a heavy goods vehicle.

The following video from a French TV station shows a five-minute item about the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, it starts at 15m04s. My French is rudimentary, so I don’t understand most of the commentary, but the imagery very nicely catches the atmosphere of the event. The video makes me wish I was back there :)

19/20 Bretagne

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Help name an avenue after Dutch solar car

The Dutch city of Delft, home town to Delft University of Technology‘s Nuon Solar Team is creating a new street in the area that opened up where the previous above-ground railway tracks now run underground. Dutch newspaper AD has set up a poll, where everyone can vote for one of ten street names that readers submitted. One of these names is “Nunalaan” (“Nuna Avenue”), in honour of Nuon Solar Team’s solar car that’s called Nuna.

Voting is easy: go to this website. The website is in Dutch, but the only thing you have to do is to click on the “Nunalaan” option:


…and that’s it. It should take less than thirty seconds. Let’s have a street named after a solar car! :) Thanks for voting.