Wednesday, July 11, 2012

S&T Close to Finishing Solar Car

A group of Missouri University of Science and Technology students recently pulled an all-nighter — not studying for a test, but gearing up for a challenge.

The university’s Solar Car Team is working to finish building its car from scratch in time for the 2012 American Solar Challenge, which starts July 14 in Rochester, N.Y., and ends July 21 in St. Paul, Minn.

The race route passes through all eight states that border the Great Lakes. Eighteen teams are eligible to qualify.

This year, every team must use silicon cells that have lower power and cost less than some of the other kinds of solar cells that are available.

Missouri S&T has won two championships in solar car racing, including once in 1999 and again in 2003. The teams are required to design and build a new vehicle for each official challenge.

Missouri S&T’s car this year has a stealth-like, black design, but it will still use the number 42 as its car number, as it always has.

Among the many sponsors that support the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team is the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy.


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