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Solar Racer SolarWorld No.1 to Race in Australia

Bonn, 10/23/2009

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.

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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.

SolarWorld Real Value

SolarWorld manufactures and sells solar power solutions and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. As the largest solar producer in the United States and Europe, SolarWorld employs about 3,200 people and carries out production in Hillsboro, Ore., and Freiberg and Arnstadt, Germany. From the raw material silicon to solar wafers, cells and panels, SolarWorld manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe and is committed to resource- and energy-efficient production. Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, SolarWorld was founded in 1998 and has been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. For more information, visit www.solarworld-usa.com.

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