Development of a Solar Car

Taha, Zahari and Passarella, Rossi and Rahim, Nasrudin Abd and Ahmad-Yazid, Aznijar and Sah, Jamali Md (2010) Development of a Solar Car. In: Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Society, 7-10 December 2010, Melaka, Malaysia.

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Solar car can be categorized as a ?green vehicle? which is powered by renewable energy with zero carbon emission. Various numbers of solar race events organized around the world has propelled the continuous development of solar cars by different research teams. These events have become the platform for universities and private companies to showcase their latest technologies and findings in utilising solar energy to drive their vehicles. Solar car development cost has been observed to increase significantly over the years with most teams having the sole aim of winning the race at all costs, instead of producing a practical solar car suitable for everyday use. Bucking this trend, Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing has recently developed a solar car using off-the-shelf components in order to reduce the development cost. It presented a big challenge to the team in combining those components while aspiring to achieve optimum operating conditions. This paper describes the design concept of this ?alternative? solar car, the mechanical, electrical and telemetry systems and some performance characteristics of the car. During the recently concluded World Solar Challenge 2009, even though the developed solar car has managed to cover only 20 percent of the total distance required but managing to received positive responses due to its practicality, novel concept and comfort factors.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS1-2301 Manufactures > TS655.N38 Metal spraying--Congresses. Plasma spraying--Congresses
Divisions: 09-Faculty of Computer Science > 56401-Computer Engineering (D3)
Depositing User: Rossi Passarella
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 03:55
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 03:55

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