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National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (KUAS) & St. John's University Solar Car Team

National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (KUAS) & St. John's University Solar Car Team

Team overview

National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (KUAS) & St. John's University Solar Car Team

  • Car name

    Apollo VIII

  • University

    National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences & St. John's University

  • Country

    Taiwan

  • WSC class

    Adventure

  • Static Scrutineering

    Pass

Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Oct 8 13:59:07 Katherine 321.774
Day 2 Oct 9 16:52:04 Tennant Creek 986.718
Day 3 Oct 10 11:33:15 Barrow Creek 1209.72
Day 4 Oct 11 14:21:49 Kulgera 1765.89
Day 5 Oct 12 11:51:07 Coober Pedy 2178.46
Day 6 Oct 13 16:12:32 Glendambo 2431.65
Day 7 Oct 14 8:46:26 Adelaide 3020.59

How many times has your team participated in the event?

The team has attended six times in World Solar Car challenge since 2003, including BWSC 2017.

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

Apollo solar car team always aims to make "Apollo" brand solar car commercially available in worldwide. Therefore, the team design philosophy is to achieve comfortability, safety and most importantly making it affordable in term of cost. For this reason, the team participates in cruiser class challenge and the car is designed in two seated with low drag coefficient for energy efficiency purposes.

What is unique about your solar car?

A novel technology in PV mounting and cooling is applied in improving the efficiency of solar modules. The cooling technology requires only natural convection without any external power source. Total efficiency of PV is estimated to improve about 5%.Besides that, our new battery monitoring system also enable battery status to be observed effectively and automatic electric cut-off if failure is detected. This is also the first time Apollo team race with advance radial tires, sponsored by Bridgestone.

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

BWSC is one of the bench-marking event in solar car challenge that attracts worldwide attention. It provides a stage for participants around the world to compete their solar car in a 3000km long distance course. For Apollo team, competing in BWSC can obtain international recognition of "Apollo" brand. It also demonstrates our efforts and spirit in moving forward to make solar car realistic for commercial uses.

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

We are looking forward to exchange our technologies and knowledge with the teams around the world in order to make solar car, a commercial and affordable car. we are also looking for all sort of potential collaborations and researches opportunities.