Stella Lux ready for Oz

New team of Eind­hoven stu­dents to show im­prove­ments to car of the fu­ture

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Re­porter.

STU­DENTS from Eind­hoven Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (TU/ e) in the Nether­lands are pre­par­ing Stella Lux for the third edi­tion of the World So­lar Chal­lenge, to be held in Aus­tralia later this year.

Stella Lux is the sec­ond it­er­a­tion of a car that runs for thou­sands of kilo­me­tres only on so­lar-pow­ered bat­ter­ies, mak­ing more power than it con­sumes along the way in even the wa­tery Dutch sun.

Fol­low­ing their vic­to­ries in the Cruiser Class in the first two edi­tions of the World So­lar Chal­lenge, held in 2013 and 2015, the So­lar Team Eind­hoven will com­pete once again at this event in Oc­to­ber 2017.

A new team of 21 TU/e stu­dents are pre­par­ing a new kind of so­lar-pow­ered au­to­mo­bile de­signed to race across Aus­tralia from north to south.

Once again, Ax­i­ans, the VINCI En­er­gies brand ded­i­cated to In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (ICT), is man­ag­ing the geostrate­gic in­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem, an es­sen­tial re­source that en­ables the two pas­sen­gers in the ve­hi­cle to pin­point their lo­ca­tion, an­tic­i­pate po­ten­tial ob­sta­cles, and max­imise so­lar ra­di­a­tion up­take what­ever the weather con­di­tions.

The World So­lar Chal­lenge is much more than a fran­tic race where speed is the only thing that mat­ters.

“The ob­jec­tive is to stim­u­late in­no­va­tion and show the world what can be achieved with tech­nol­ogy,” Jan van de Bovenkamp, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Ax­i­ans Nether­lands, said in a state­ment. “Our dream is to build the car of the fu­ture pow­ered solely by the Sun’s rays.”

By 2013, it was al­ready pos­si­ble to travel the 3 000 km dis­tance be­tween Dar­win and Ade­laide us­ing 64 kWh of elec­tric power on av­er­age. This is much less than the 1 500 kWh re­quired by the most en­ergy-ef­fi­cient con­ven­tional cars.

“We know that many key im­prove­ments will be achieved in the years to come in terms of dis­tance, speed, and fea­si­bil­ity,” said Van de Bovenkamp.

As a re­sult of So­lar Team Eind­hoven’s in­sis­tence on de­sign­ing a pro­to­type ev­ery year, Ax­i­ans has had to re­de­fine the dash­board’s wi-fi sys­tems.

Con­se­quently, ex­perts at Ax­i­ans have been able to ex­plore new av­enues of de­vel­op­ment and make the most of their men­tal agility and cre­ativ­ity.

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Stella Lux is the sec­ond it­er­a­tion of a car that runs for thou­sands of kilo­me­tres only on so­lar-pow­ered bat­ter­ies.

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