CENTARA GRAND & BANGKOK
The World Solar Challenge (WSC) is the world’s premier competition
for solar-powered vehicles and is conducted biennially in Australia along the Stuart Highway from Darwin in the north to Adelaide some 3000 km in the south. The event provides an effective means whereby both local and international interest, from all walks of life, can meet to explore and discuss ways to achieve global energy sustainability, particularly in the transportation sector. The principal requirement is both daring and simple — the solar cars must be powered only by direct sunlight. It is not even specified how the solar energy should be used to drive a car. Thus participants are given the freedom to solve technical issues in innovative ways. In essence, the WSC is a test of efficiency, performance and endurance spiced with a strong element of adventure
Siam Technology College is among the 46 teams from 26 countries who, in October, will compete in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The solar car is powered by a pack of lead‒acid batteries manufactured by Thai Storage Battery PCL and will be on display during the 16ABC in the company of the student crew and faculty members. We wish the team well as it negotiates some of the most inhospitable, but spectacular, terrain on Earth. Such a daunting prospect is compounded by the reliance on a fuel supply that depends on the vagaries of the continent’s restless weather — intense heat (temperatures can reach 50°C), sudden dust and electrical storms, bush fires, and mini-whirlwinds.
In summary, solar cars test the ultimate boundaries of energy efficiency ― they demonstrate the possibilities that reside deeper into the future and, in essence, show how much more can be done with how much less. The concepts that are continually honed to perfection in the WSC since its inception in 1987 undoubtedly contribute to the automotive industry’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. The Thai car sustains the proud record of reliable service given by lead‒acid technology for more than century in road transportation applications.
Further details and progressive news of the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge are made available at http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org