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FEB
10
2020

Kogakuin University Complete the World Solar Car Challenge 2019

Supported by EKO Instruments

EKO Instruments Co., Ltd. supported Kogakuin University at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 (BWSC 2019) in Australia, held from the 13th to the 20th of October 2019, with a set of EKO designed and manufactured Pyranometers.

The Bridgestone World Solar Car Challenge (BWSC) is one of the toughest races in the world. Held every two years since 1987, the 2019 event saw 44 teams from 21 countries attempt to travel 3,000km (about 1900 miles) in intense conditions across Australia, from Darwin to Adelaide, in solar-powered vehicles.

Despite crashing twice due to adverse weather conditions and strong winds, the Kogakuin University team finished in 5th and won the ‘CSIRO Technical Innovation Award’ for their unique hydro-pneumatic suspension system; the first time that such technology has been applied to solar-powered vehicles.

 

Why does a Solar Powered Car need Pyranometers?

A solar-powered car has only one source of power, the sun. To stand a chance of finishing, let alone winning, the BWSC teams must optimise energy management in their vehicles. In other words, they need to know precisely how much energy they are generating and using during the race. Measuring solar radiation and checking weather conditions via satellite data helps them to calculate how much energy will be generated.

At BWSC 2019 the Kogakuin University Solar Team used two EKO pyranometers; one installed on the accompanying ‘Scout car’ driving 200 to 300km ahead of the race car, and another on the ‘Strategy car’ driving close behind.

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