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A group of Indian Students develop cheapest solar car model

October 26th, 2008 by kalyan89 in Press Releases, Reports, PV-General, Solar Energy - general

New Delhi, Oct , 2008
Source: PTI /The Hindu Online

A group of students from a city based institute, who have developed a solar car, are representing India at The South Africa Solar Challenge, a unique competition in solar-powered cars.  The car has been developed by a group of 20 students from Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT) here. The car of NSIT is the cheapest model in the competition, which has participations of teams from all over the world.

The car boasts of an inverted tail dragon design with two front and a rear tyre. It has been designed as per the parameters of the competition that aims at collaboration among students, industry and government in designing solar cars, sources said.

The car can run a top speed of 50 km per hour and can run at a stretch for about four to five hours on fully charged batteries, they said.

Solar cars are powered by sun’s energy and help immensely in energy conservation. The main component of the car is the solar panel which collects energy from the sun and converts it into usable electricity energy.

Among the students who have designed the car are Shriram Narayanan, a third year Mechanical Engineering student, Abhisekh Monga and Ankur Gupta.  Such solar cars from different countries are participating at the international event started last week in South Africa. The competition will continue till October 8.  As per the norms of the competition, teams will have to build their own cars, design their own engineering systems and race those machines.