Solar car completes first around-the-world journey – Record attempt finishes today in Australia13-12-12
The first circumnavigation of the globe by a completely self-sufficient solar car finishes today near Adelaide, Australia. The SolarWorld Grand Turismo has crossed a total of 16 countries and various climate zones in 414 days. After starting out in Australia, the car then passed through New Zealand, the USA, Italy, Monaco, France, Luxembourg, the car’s birthplace of Bochum in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Moldavia, Ukraine and Russia, and then returned to Australia. The team from Bochum University of Applied Sciences has covered over 29,000 kilometers, passing through deserts, mountain passes and endless forests.
When they arrive in Hahndorf near Adelaide, the students will have set a world record for the longest journey ever undertaken by a solar vehicle. In doing so, they will make it into the Guinness Book of Records.
“The students have shown that solar mobility is feasible. It is already possible today to be mobile using the sun’s energy alone. I congratulate the young engineers very much on their achievement. Just a few years ago, nobody would have thought that such a project could be realized,” said SolarWorld CEO Dr.-Ing. E. h. Frank Asbeck.
The students from Bochum started out on this first solar trip around the world on October 26, 2011, after participating in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. This competition takes place every two years and is regarded as the most difficult race in the world for solar vehicles.
Since right back in 2006, SolarWorld AG has been supporting students from Bochum University of Applied Sciences in the development of innovative vehicle concepts. The SolarWorld GT is the fifth solar vehicle that the students have developed so far, and it is also the most practical for everyday use. This aerodynamic two-seater car actually requires not more electricity than a hairdryer. The steering wheel can be positioned on the left or right, as desired. The SolarWorld Grand Turismo combines lightweight construction with good energy performance, and it is a fine example of German-made innovation.
The latest photos and a blog on the world record attempt can be found at:
www.solarworld-gt.de/ or www.hochschule-bochum.de/solarcar/weltumrundung-201112/bildergalerien.html
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.com.