Solar Racer SolarWorld No.1 to Race in Australia
3,000 Kilometers Across the Desert Without a Filling Station
The award-winning solar racer SolarWorld No.1 will start in the "Global Green Challenge" race in Australia at the coming weekend. Exclusively driven by the power of the sun the solar racer will cover 3,000 kilometers across the desert of the Australian continent – silently and with a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour. The budding engineers of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences who developed the solar racer will drive SolarWorld No. 1 in an exciting 7-day race from Darwin to the finish line in Adelaide.
"Our solar racer is a symbol for the diversity of solar energy applications", says the Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG, Frank H. Asbeck. "I am convinced that the future of sustainable mobility lies in electric vehicles that can fill up with CO2-free electricity from the sun at home."
SolarWorld No.1 fills up with solar energy directly from the sun and is therefore an example of the climate-friendly mobility of the future for which no fossil energies are required. Supported by SolarWorld AG the students of the faculties of mechatronics, mechanical engineering as well as electrical engineering and computer science at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences developed, designed and built the pioneering solar racer. For more information on the SolarWorld No.1 racer please visit www.solarworldno1.de.
About the "Global Green Challenge"
The "Global Green Challenge" is organized by the South Australian Motor Sports Association and is considered to be the unofficial world championship of solar motor sports. The race is a continuation of the successful solar car race "World Solar Challenge" and is already taking place for the tenth time this year. In this year’s race from 24 to 31 October electric and other alternatively powered vehicles will participate for the first time.
About SolarWorld AG
SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs approximately 3,000 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has been publically traded on the stock market since 1999 and is quoted in the technology index TecDax. SolarWorld achieved sales of about one billion Euros for the fiscal year 2011. More information at www.solarworld-usa.com.
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