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The "Solelhada Project" consists in conceiving and achieving
a sunracer that is to take part in the 2001 World Solar Challenge (WSC),
a world-wide famous race of solar vehicles.
It follows a previous successful entry in 1996 by Lucien Giol and his
team "France for Solar Challenge", on the new 2001 project is
the result of a joint venture between two French Higher Schools of Engineering,
the ENSEEIHT and the ENSICA and was launched under the supervision of
the LEEI (Laboratory of Electrotechnics and Industrial Electronics), UMR
Solelhada should bring about innovative solutions which will allow the
Toulouse-based team to be among the best of the 6th WSC : The 2001 Solar
Odyssey in Australia.
The High-tech projet incorporates all-round benefits
| First solarcar, Toulouse,
Cité de l Espace, Juin 2000
|First environment exposition,
Bobigny, Septembre 2000
These solar-powered vehicles are to meet with very stringent specifications
and are originally designed for research into a better production of renewable
energy resources : their solar arrays xill provide a power that is less
than 1500 watts, just the amount of energy needed by a hair-drier.
When running 40 m.P.H, they will use the same amount of energy equivalent
to one litre of petrol per 600 miles.
To meet this challenge, they will be using state-of-the-art technology
high-performance solar cells and batteries, ultra-light design streamlined,
shapes, special tyres, and high-efficiency or electronics. This High-tech
project brings a genuine all-round benefit ti saving energy and protecting
the environment. Because of this, the vehicle has recently various scientific
exhibitions : Environment Exhibitions, Science Weeks, the 2000 "SITEF",
all being popportunities for scientists and engineers to meet and inform
the public and to realize themselves that, beyond the immediate aesthetic
appeal oh the vehicle, the average man has a keen interest in such a High-tech
project, which encapsulates the very symbol of Environment protection.
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Thanks to B.Viven for the translation.