BayWa r.e. is continuing to support Team Sonnenwagen and its mission to develop a record-winning solar powered car – entirely powered by the sun.
Following last year’s 24hr iLumen Solar Challenge, the team is now gearing up for the 2021 Solar Challenge Morocco ‘follow the sun’ race due to take place this autumn. Check out the new team, new car and new milestones. Over the coming months, we will follow the team as they prepare for Morocco and look ahead to how plans for the 2,500km race, set over five days and five key stages, are shaping up!
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Now in its sixth year, the Sonnenwagen team has a new management team and around 50 members drawing together expertise across a range of disciplines including engineering, design, solar energy, battery systems and aerodynamics.
Below we meet some of the talented team members who have been helping Team Sonnenwagen to drive forward the future of eMobility.
Innovative engineering made in Aachen.
Responsible for holding everything together by using carbon fibre as the main material and securing a safe occupant cell for the driver.
With 890 highly efficient GaAs solar cells, the team can generate approximately 1kWp on just 2,6m2. This is the only energy input they can rely on, to cross the Australian outback.
A unique four-wheel system allows front and rear axis steering in both the same and opposite directions. This system allows for optimal sailing effects with the use of side winds.
With a cell mass of 20kg, the Team generates up to 5kWh of energy capacity. This is necessary for hill climbs and periods of less solar radiation which normally fuels the solar car.
An original Sonnenwagen 2017 motor, with doubled temperature stability. Built for longer acceleration and recuperation periods.
With incredible speeds of up to 140 km/h, team Sonnenwagen journeyed through the Australian outback powered purely by solar energy! In this podcast, we spoke to Nadia Homann, engineering student and member of Team Sonnenwagen, about the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, how the race went for the team and her thoughts towards women in engineering. Listen to the podcast right here.
Meet the masterminds behind this revolutionary solar powered car
3022 km across the Australian outback, at an average speed of more than 80 km/h, powered by the sun, the worlds most renowned universities and teams come together for a demonstration of true teamwork, competitive spirit and determination.
Sonnenwagen Aachen are a team of innovative students who believe solar technology and sustainable mobility concepts are crucial for the future.
Hard work pays off. Sonnenwagen Aachen are on the road! Let the games begin.
“Our goal is to drive innovation in the areas of lightweight construction, solar energy and the driving strategy to show the world that e-mobility is the future.”
Sonnenwagen Aachen are officially on their way to the World Solar challenge. With unpredictable weather conditions, harsh terrain and sleepless nights, will they prove victorious? Join us as we witness a feat of true passion and teamwork.