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NWU Solar

NWU Solar

Team overview

NWU Solar

  • Car name


  • University

    North-West University

  • Country

    South Africa

  • WSC class


  • Static Scrutineering


Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Oct 8 13:32:08 Katherine 321.774
Day 2 Oct 9 11:45:52 Daly Waters 588.225
Day 3 Oct 10 10:45:29 Tennant Creek 986.718
Day 4 Oct 11 16:48:51 Coober Pedy 2178.46
Day 5 Oct 12 12:58:03 Glendambo 2431.647
Day 6 Oct 13 15:40:44 Adelaide 3020.59
Day 7 Oct 13 15:40:44 Adelaide 3020.59

How many times has your team participated in the event?

The NWU team participated for the first time in the Bridgestone World Solar challenge in 2015. With an 11th position in the Challenger Class, the NWU team became the first team from Africa to cross the 3,000 kilometres from Darwin to Adelaide.

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

The reliability and safety of the NWU solar car are top priorities and plays an integral role in the design and construction process. We strive to build a cost-effective solar car which are both lightweight and aerodynamic and also complies with the rules and regulations set by the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge competition. The majority of the construction is done by NWU engineering students under the guidance of university experts in engineering, as the idea is not just to produce a solar car, but to equip our students to be better engineers in the workplace.

What is unique about your solar car?

One of the main changes of the 2017 World Solar challenge, is the reduction in solar panel area from 6 m2 to 4 m2. A decision was made to implement a rotating solar collector to maximise the collection of solar energy during the race. Another unique element of the design is the implementation of the latest aerodynamic cabin profiles from the world championship winning JS1 sailplanes. This will give our car the edge when it comes to aerodynamic performance and fits our design philosophy of delivering a lightweight solar car.

Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?

The NWU solar car project is a flagship inter-disciplinary project that not only focuses on research and the application of new technologies in renewable energy, but also aims at making communities and prospective students more aware of the potential of renewable energy technology. Participation in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is the preeminent opportunity to pursue these goals. The exposure to international peers, and the unique international co-operative and competitive atmosphere of the event further strengthens our team, allowing us to return home enriched with valuable lessons and experience.

What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?

We are looking forward to being part of the challenge posed by the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to the international leaders in the field of solar energy on the unforgettable journey across the scenic outback. (And the team is also looking forward to indulging in some Tim-Tams for energy!)