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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

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

The SolarWorld AG group of companies (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a world leader in high-quality solar power technology. The company is exclusively dedicated to its core business of photovoltaic power generation and combines all activities of the solar industry from silicon as the raw material to turn-key solar power systems including recycling. SolarWorld is represented in all the world’s solar growth markets and predominantly produces in Germany and the USA. Its largest sites are located in Freiberg, Saxony, and Hillsboro, USA. The central group office is in Bonn. Worldwide sales of solar modules are secured by five sales offices in Germany, Spain, USA, South Africa and Singapore. The central element of the business in addition to the sale of turn-key solar systems and solar modules to the trade is the distribution of solar silicon wafers to the international solar cell industry. Apart from grid-coupled (on-grid) products, the SolarWorld Group sells off-grid solar power solutions. Under the name Solar2World the Group takes its ethical commitment to fair development also to emerging economies and developing countries, promoting in particular off-grid solar power solutions exemplary of sustainable economic development.

Sustainability is an integral element of SolarWorld’s corporate strategy. The corporate management is committed to sustainable, economically, ecologically and socially compatible growth. SolarWorld AG employs more than 2,500 people worldwide. The company is listed at the stock market, among others in the technology index TecDAX, in the ÖkoDAX, in the Dow Jones STOXX 600, in the international MSCI-Index and in the sustainability indices DAXglobal Alternative Energy and NAI.

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