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Archive for September, 2010

Glamcar #4: The Tokai University Solar Car

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


This baby is the fatest solar car in the world….it won keep winning the autralian solar race which is around 2100 miles and it avergaes–day and night–around 68 mile per hour on that race. Um …I want one.–Cal Rhodes, Glamwire Automotive.

The “Tokai Challenger,” a solar race car equipped with Sharp solar cells, has officially registered to be in the South African Solar Challenge 2010. The Tokai University team and their solar car participated in and won a solar car race that was held in Australia last year, the Global Green Challenge*1.

The South African Solar Challenge 2010 is a race where vehicles, powered only by the sun’s energy, drive a 4,087-km loop in the Republic of South Africa. Tokai University drivers will include Kenjiro Shinozuka, who in 1997 became the first Japanese to achieve overall victory in the Paris to Dakar Rally, as well as Tokai University students and alumni.

The “Tokai Challenger” solar car is equipped with Sharp compound solar cells developed for outer space applications. The cells have an output of 1.8 kW and a cell conversion efficiency of 30%, the highest level in the world*2.

Sharp is the only manufacturer whose solar cells are approved for use by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Sharp will continue pushing forward with R&D on compound solar cells, in addition to crystalline and thin-film solar cells, which are currently Sharp’s main solar power products.