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14/12/2014
by Jeroen Haringman
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2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge

abu_dhabi_solar_challenge_logoExactly one month from now, on January 15th, 2015, the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge will start. As it is the first time for this event to be held, it’s doubly exciting! More than twenty solar car teams from all over the world will travel to the United Arab Emirates for a four day event.

I can now also “officially” reveal that I will travel to Abu Dhabi to attend the event, and live blog about it. This was made possible by the International Solarcar Federation, for which I am very grateful.

Click for ADSC route

Click for ADSC route

The route of the event (click image on the right) will take the teams over a distance of 1200 km both along the coast and deep into the desert. The landscapes should be spectacular.

As can be seen on the map, on all days except day three, the teams return to the city of Abu Dhabi at the end of the race day, which should make blogging about the event a bit easier.

 

According to the climate tables for Abu Dhabi, the teams can expect warm, sunny days, which should make the lives of the team strategists a bit easier :) (but you never know for certain!)

In the coming weeks, I will publish a team list, and one or more team overview so we can follow their activities. I’ve seen on the social media that many teams have started preparations for the event, so there should be lot of good stuff. During the event, I will blog (mainly on the social media) about what I observe of the event itself. I’m really excited to be going there! :D

If you read this, and are a member of one of the participating teams, and if you would like to share some information for me which might be interesting to write about, please contact me by e-mail (or shout out on the Facebook or Twitter page)

02/11/2014
by Jeroen Haringman
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Beautiful 2014 European Solar Challenge photos

ESC_logoThis is the final installment of my posts about the 2014 European Solar Challenge. A French guy named Lucian Jenny (whom I didn’t know otherwise) showed me some of the beautiful photos he took of the solar cars, and I asked him if he’d like them published through my website. He liked that very much, and kindly allowed me to simply copy his entire memory card of photos to the hard drive of my laptop.

SunCruiser and SolarWorld GT underway in front of the solar panel trackers that surround the Zolder race track

SunCruiser and SolarWorld GT underway in front of the solar panel trackers that surround the Zolder race track (click the photo for the album) Photo by Lucien Jenny

I’ve made a selection of what I thought were the best photos and uploaded them in this album. Lucien was friendly enough to share his photos with me, and allowed me to publish them online. We made no formal agreements on copyright or anything, so please, respect his work. Share a link to the album or to individual photos in the album if you like, but please do not reupload as your own. Thank you.

02/11/2014
by Jeroen Haringman
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Sasol Solar Challenge video by Anadolu Solar Team

The Anadolu Solar Team, from Turkey, has published a great 22-minute video that shows the highlights of their experiences in the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge (South Africa). The video shows the Anadolu solar car travelling through the breathtaking South African landscape, with the weather varying between great and absolutely horrible, meeting other solar cars on the road, etc.

The video is absolutely worth a watch, on full-screen and in HD.

29/10/2014
by Jeroen Haringman
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CUER car presentation: “EVA-LUTION”

EVA front quarter view

EVA front quarter view

This website’s “UK correspondent” Nigel attended CUER‘s presentation of their new car EVA, and wrote the excellent article below. I think it’s good to see that the team is developing the daring design – that Resolution absolutely was! – further. It’s clear that EVA incorporates a lot of lessons learned.

I’m really really curious to see how EVA will measure up to the “standard 6m² table tennis table”-type solar cars in the 2015 World Solar Challenge :) Continue Reading →

25/10/2014
by Jeroen Haringman
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2014 European Solar Challenge photos

ESC_logoDuring the 2014 European Solar Challenge I snapped nearly 700 photos with two cameras and my smartphone. Many (not all) of the smartphone photos were posted “live” to Facebook and Twitter, but I haven’t posted the photos from my cameras before. It took me quite a while to organise the photos, but here they are. After weeding out the blurry and irrelevant ones, I’ve uploaded the photos to my Google account, because they would take up too much space on my (relatively expensive) website hosting platform.

I’ve sorted the photos by date:

Unfortunately, because the time and date of one of my two cameras were not set right (a mistake I will not repeat because it caused me much headache), the photos are not in chronological order. Especially the Friday, Saturday and Sunday photos have two “sequences”. There’s not much I can do about that without spending enormous amounts of time on it – which I can’t spare.

Enjoy the photos :)