Utilizing the energy of the sun
Since 1999 students of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences have been developing solar-cars, which are exclusively powered by the energy of the sun. The Project originated at London South Bank University, a partner of Bochum University of Applied Sciences. After being developed by German students in London, Mad Dog III competed at the World Solar Challenge (WSC) in Australia in 2001.
“Hans Go!” was a solar powered car which was constructed in the years 2001 to 2003. It made 5th place in 2003 and 8th place in 2005 when in took part in this unofficial world championship for solar powered cars, the WSC. Furthermore, the Technical Innovation Award was granted in 2003 by the "Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation" (CSIRO) for implementing a Bluetooth-telemetry system. This accentuates the extremely high standard of development.
The most beautiful solar powered vehicle in the world
SolarWorld No. 1 was planed and built in the years from 2005 to 2007 and came in 4th place at the World Solar Challenge in 2007. On top of this the car was granted the award for “Best Design”. In 2008 this solar powered car took the third place at the North American Solar Challenge as well as being awarded for excellent technology in the field of mechanical and electrical engineering. So, the most beautiful solar car in the world is located at the Bochum University of Applied sciences. Of course, that is only if it is not currently traveling Australia or America. The students, employees and professors of all faculties proudly present this prime example of energy efficiency.
In bright sunlight the six square meters of solar cells produce the power a blow-dryer uses. This enabled Solarworld No. 1 to travel the 3000 km’s at 73 km/h under the Australian sun. The top speed it can reach is 125 km/h. This Project requires the application of all facets of the engineering profession: Teamwork, project management, intercultural perspectives and last but not least the fascination of modern technology. The challenge to power a vehicle without emissions by solely utilizing renewable energy efficiently is part of this.
In 2009 a new vehicle was built for the World Solar Challenge. The BOcruiser was the first car built with typical car dimensions and not designed as a race car, but closer to everyday vehicles.
The first Chassis and outer casing indicate the familiar proficiency in car manufacturing. Fiber-reinforced composites, excellent manufactured and high-strength aluminum are the crucial materials of the ‘sun chariot’. The wheel hub motors are newly developed, moving the car’s front wheels in a smoother, more fashionable way than in the past.
The innovative overall concept from Bochum was once again honored with the Award of the Global Green Challenge 2009 in Australia and attracted a lot of international attention.
The future - Steadily closer to Everyday-life
Two doors, two seats, circumnavigation of the world – these are the objectives for the newest development of the SolarCar Bochum manufactory. The recent sun-speedster is called SolarWorld Gran Turismo (SolarWorld GT) and has already mastered the first journeys.
The University of Applied Sciences Bochum wants to be consistent in daily electro mobility. The development from a ‘rolling Ping-Pong table’ to a functional car is striking. For the first time it is possible to enter the car by two vehicle doors and not as before by lifting up a topside. The bivalve construction was replaced by a monocoque construction.
The two seats and interior design of the SolarWorld GT offer a lot of possibilities, for example the in-car interpretation of data. Improved energy and efficient design make the solar car more appealing to the public.