We are headed off on our next adventure, taking us back to Australia for the 2011 World Solar Challenge. The blog from the 2009 race was never finished because during the race internet access was limited and when there was access the whole team was vying for it. Once home, life ran away. This year I am better prepared for the race and have access to my own computer so we shall see how I do.
Getting caught up on the 2009 race would be a good place to start the 2011 blog. The MIT team finished 2nd in their class and 5th place overall. The rules used in the race had two different classification of cars based on the type of solar array. Out of 30 cars in the race, 7 entries had gallium-arsenate which produce 20 % more power than silicone but at a premium cost prohibitive to teams with less than million dollar budgets. This year gallium arrays are allowed fewer square feet of cells, leveling the playing field and keeping all cars in one class. MIT will again have a silicon array.
Taking a well deserved plunge into Queen Victoria Square Fountain
In Adelaide, we were hosted by the Rotary Club of Burnside. We were very fortunate for their help with housing for the team. Club President David Dewar even took the team out for a fine dinner at his son’s hotel.
Andy and David exchanging Rotary flags.