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Tokai U's solar car fuelled by Sharp

Posted: 02 Jul 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar cell  race car  green challenge 

Sharp Corp. will provide Tokai University with compound solar cells having a cell conversion efficiency of 30% and a total output of 1.8 kW for the Tokai Challenger race car that the university is running in the Global Green Challenge.

The Global Green Challenge solar car race pits cars powered by the sun from all over the world across 3,000 Australian miles. The cars are usually sponsored by corporations, and this year Sharp is sponsoring Tokai University's solar effort. Tokai's drivers include Kenjiro Shinozuka, who in 1997 became the first Japanese to achieve overall victory in the Paris to Dakar Rally.

Sharp first developed solar cells for satellites in 1967 to satisfy the high conversion efficiency and reliability required in outer space applications. Today Sharp is the only manufacturer whose solar cells are approved for use by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

By providing these highly efficient solar cells, Sharp will allow Tokai University's "Tokai Challenger" solar car to maximise its performance under the harsh conditions of this race.

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