SolarWorld GT solar car at the Bren School in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Monday, February 6, 2012
by: Andy Prosser, Master’s Student at Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
It was a bright and sunny afternoon at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Usually when I need a study break I step out onto the terrace of Bren Hall and take in the fantastic view of waves peeling around Campus Point and the sea stretching out past the Channel Islands and into the horizon.
But as I stepped outside on this particular Friday I was greeted by the sight of the SolarWorld GT!
I joined the enthusiastic crowd that had gathered outside of Bren hall and was eager to take a closer look at the car and learn more.
Students from the Bren School checking out the SolarWorld GT solar car. Photo courtsey of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.
The German students who had designed and built the SolarWorld GT fielded a slew of questions from the audience about how the car worked, and they discussed the vehicles unprecedented around the world circuit that will land them in the history books and demonstrate the capabilities of solar powered travel.
TV interview with a member of the SolarWorld GT team. Photo courtsey of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.
The SolarWorld GT is visually striking; if I didn’t know any better I would have thought it had just emerged from the space-time continuum. I was able to get into the drivers seat and the gadgetry inside was reminiscent of a James Bond vehicle. One lucky little kid who sat at the helm was convinced he was piloting a jet.
Andy Prosser with SolarWorld GT solar car. Photo courtsey of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.
This car isn’t a futuristic apparition of course but rather the product of hardworking and innovative teams that are finding creative solutions to environmental problems. The solar car’s trip through sunny southern California is particularly pertinent because automobile emissions here have long been a major source of environmental concern.
At the Bren School we seek to utilize a variety of tools in addressing environmental issues and the SolarWorld GT is promising to become a viable means for promoting renewable energy and clean transportation. As the solar car continues its epic sun fueled journey around the world it is leading the charge toward a brighter future!