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Posted on 19-09-2018
Solar racing team TU Delft wants to accelerate sustainable technologies by sharing technical knowledge at the scrutineering of the Sasol Solar Challenge.
Pretoria, 17th of September 2018 – This Monday afternoon the Nuon Solar Team successfully passed scrutineering in South Africa. As a result the team can legally drive on public roads with their solar car Nuna9S during the Sasol Solar Challenge, which starts this Saturday. “This is the moment we have worked for, for over a year”, says team manager Jelle van der Lugt (24). “We are relieved Nuna can now officially participate in the Challenge.” The students from the TU Delft are taking on 14 teams from all over the world, who all made their own solar car.
During scrutineering the car is checked if it meets all racing regulations and safety requirements. After scrutineering the solar car can’t be altered anymore. The drivers are all weight in. They are required to weigh 80 kilos, so every team has a fair chance to win. If a driver weighs less than 80 kilos, the driver is obligated to bring extra ballast. They also need to be able to get out of the car within 15 seconds.
Intelligent Cruise Control
The Nuon Solar Team is one of the favourites for winning the Challenge, but also want to enhance a fossil free future. Because of that the students openly shared the technical details of their innovative ‘Intelligent Cruise Control’ with other participants, among which their biggest opponent Tokai from Japan. “By sharing the technical details we are hoping to accelerate this sustainable development”, says Rintati Roza (22). She is the first female technical manager of the Nuon Solar Team (read more about this on the website of the Nuon Solar Team).
The route of the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa starts in Pretoria and ends in Stellenbosch. In eight stages the team travels along mountains, salt flats, five lane highways and unpaved roads. Nuna9S, the solar car form the students from Delft, can overcome these conditions with the use of a build in radar and route data. Nuna9S can see its surroundings and react to it. For instance, Nuna can detect hills and adjust its settings autonomously. This way Nuna can drive as sustainable as possible.
Coming Wednesday all teams will drive a qualification round at a street circuit in the north of Pretoria. The time set during this round will determine the starting positions on which the teams will start the 4500 kilometre race this Saturday.
Sasol Solar Challenge 2018
Starting the 22nd of September the students of the TU Delft participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa, a solar race from Pretoria to Stellenbosch. The students expect to drive 4500 kilometres in eight days solely powered by the sun. This year the Nuon Solar Team is participating with their solar car Nuna9S in which the S stands for South Africa.
Nuon Solar Team
The last 17 years the Nuon Solar Team participated in international solar races. By showing what can be achieved with sustainable technologies, they want to inspire the world. In total the team from the TU Delft has participated in 11 solar races in Australia and South Africa of which they have won 9.