TU / e students win prestigious award for family car powered by solar energy




Solar Team Eindhoven University of Technology Eindhoven with powered by solar energy Stella family car won the prestigious Crunchie Award in the category ‘Best Technology Achievement.

With the gain in the category ‘Best Technology Achievement defeated the Solar Team Eindhoven include Apple Pay payment system, the reusable launch system Elon Musk’s SpaceX, ESA – who was running for the Rosetta landing – and the block chain, the main mechanism behind the virtual currency bitcoin.

The Solar Team Eindhoven won the Crunchie Award for 2013 presented solar car Stella. Stella is an extremely lightweight and aerodynamically styled family car that generates the needed electricity through solar panels for the electric drive. According to the designers, the energy consumption of the Stella so low that in the Netherlands the solar panels generate ten months a year that consume more power than the car, so that net flow can be fed back into the mains.

The TU / e team late on his site to know that it is pleased with winning the prize. “Through the competition we felt like David against Goliath. We have received the award means that we are recognized among giants, and that there is potential in the use of solar energy for transportation,” said Tom Selten of the Solar Team Eindhoven .

Meanwhile, the Solar Team Eindhoven has started the development of a new solar car as successor to Stella. The team reveals that on 2 July. The Crunchie Awards are an initiative from VentureBeat and TechCrunch, and are seen as the ‘technology Oscars.


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