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Teams prepare for solar challenge across Australian outback

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The Dutch team have been testing their new solar vehicle ahead of the 3000 km World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback in October.

The biennial event attracts entries from all over the world, mostly from universities. The Netherlands Nuon Solar Team are from Delft Technical University. Dutch resin supplier DSM helped with designing and building the NUNA 7 with carbon fibres and sustainable resin. The car, which can reach speeds over 100 km per hour, is both light and robust.

Annemiek Koers, Nuon Solar Team driver told euronews: “I think we are going to win, the car feels great and we have a great team and I think that combination will lead to winning the World Solar Challenge.”

Meanwhile, the Belgian solar team are optimistic that their ‘Indupol One’ will give them the edge. Seventeen students in industrial engineering have been working on the car.

Belgian team member Thomas Delvaux said: “We will try to get to know the road before the race to know where the obstacles are, where the hills are.”

This year’s race will be the biggest solar vehicle event ever with 47 teams participating. The World Solar Challenge is popular amongst university students and researchers looking for new green sources of energy to fuel cars.

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