Posted by: shoji | October 30, 2007

Solar race Down Under

The 20th solar-powered race across Australia finished over the weekend. I remember the first time it ran, and it was a big deal to my science teacher.

Unfortunately, not much has changed: Apparently, only one vehicle finished, and most (all?) of the entrants are impractical designs.

By contrast, take out your mobile phone and compare it to what was available in the 1980s:

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[source: http://www.fcc.gov]

We can do better– now let’s make it happen.

Photos: Solar racers gain speed Down Under | CNET News.com
The Panasonic World Solar Challenge, a race across the continent of Australia that takes place every two years, concluded its 20th competition over the weekend.

The event was founded in 1987 with the intent of encouraging private teams to work together and push developments in the field of solar-powered vehicles.

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