mobile | classic
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology Magazine





Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook Share via Twitter Share via LinkedIn


Search...

Electronics Buyers' Guide

Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook 2019


 

UJ gets funding for solar powered car from RS Components
16 July 2014, News

RS Components has pledged R1 million worth of products to support the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) efforts to develop a solar vehicle to participate in the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge. Now an annual fixture, the epic solar vehicle race furthers local research and development goals within the alternative energy space.

This year’s race spans eight days starting from the 27th of September in Pretoria and zooms through Kroonstad, Bloemfontein, Colesberg, Graaff-Reinet, Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Swellendam, before rolling to a stop in Cape Town on the 4th of October.

Solar powered vehicles are rising dramatically in popularity and teams from universities and educational institutions around the world will partake in the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge.

Anatomy of a solar powered car

Solar powered cars are usually designed with distinctive shapes because the designers’ objectives are to minimise drag and car weight while maximising exposure to sunlight. In most cases, a vehicle’s solar panels generate about as much power as a domestic hairdryer, but advanced aerodynamics and lightweight materials can propel them past 100 km/h.

The solar panel on a solar powered car contains hundreds of photo-svoltaic cells converting sunlight into electricity. Unlike objects that also use solar energy, solar cars can use different solar cell technologies that often involve monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon and gallium arsenide.

The way solar cars gather and store power is a big issue. The solar arrays need to be enough to power the car, and a large battery pack is needed for the running of the car. A battery pack with enough storage to power the car from sunset to sunrise would make a solar car far too heavy, so the vehicle must be in the sun at nearly all times to be effective.

The information engineers have already gathered from building solar powered cars has guided their work in other areas. Technologies used in previous solar car challenges have made great contributions to the development of the new electric vehicles and hybrids on the road today.

Unlike regular cars, solar energy powered cars are able to utilise their full power at any speed. They are quiet, require very low maintenance and produce no harmful emissions.

Gentlemen, don’t start your engines

Brian Andrew, general manager of RS Components South Africa, is eager for the race to get under way and proud that this will mark the first time RS Components will participate in a local event of this magnitude. “We could not have chosen a better project to invest in, as research and development in the alternative energy space is very important for our environment and especially for a country like South Africa where electricity supply is a challenge and fuel is very expensive,” he said.

UJ’s project manager, Warren Hurter, summed up the enormity of the challenge facing his team: “The route is about 2000 km long, translating to roughly 250 km per day. Since this is a distance race instead of a speed race, teams will have the option to expand their daily distance by driving loops varying from 58 km up to 132 km. Loops can be driven more than once, which would give competitors the ability to travel as far as they can on a single day.”

Criteria on which entrants will be judged include technological and engineering expertise, average time and distance, average energy consumption and average battery usage.

For more information contact RS Components, +27 (0)11 691 9300, sales.za@rs-components.com, www.rsonline.co.za


Credit(s)
Supplied By: RS Components (SA)
Tel: +27 11 691 9300
Fax: +27 11 466 1577
Email: sales.za@rs-components.com
www: www.rsonline.co.za
  Share on Facebook Share via Twitter Share via LinkedIn    

Further reading:

  • Wits University to feature at AI Expo Africa
    31 July 2019, News
    Wits University will be sending a high-level delegation to this year’s AI Expo Africa, where it will launch a major research initiative that is intended to bring about a step change in scientific research ...
  • Celebrating 15 years of Laser Stencil Technology
    31 July 2019, Laser Stencil Technology, News
    Since its inception in 2004, Laser Stencil Technology has grown into a prominent figure in the South African electronics manufacturing industry. Having been involved in circuit board manufacturing using ...
  • From the editor’s desk: Embedded computing drives change
    31 July 2019, Technews Publishing, News
    Mike Goodyer says it best in the title of his article on page 16: “The only constant is change.” While he meant that in relation to developments at Microtronix Manufacturing and within the local electronics ...
  • Electronics news digest
    31 July 2019, News
    South Africa The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has appointed Sipho Mbhokota as the new executive manager for CSIR Defence and Security. His career in the defence and security ...
  • Rugged Interconnect and Pentek further cement partnership
    31 July 2019, Rugged Interconnect Technologies, News
    In May this year, Rugged Interconnect Technologies hosted the co-founder and vice president of Pentek, Rodger Hosking, for a week-long visit to reinforce the two companies’ partnership in the South African market.
  • SA security manufacturers going strong
    31 July 2019, News
    Dataweek spoke to two of the leaders in the local market about what they do, what they’ve been up to, and what their plans are for the future.
  • Clearing the Static: ESD testing and monitoring – Part 3
    31 July 2019, Altico Static Control Solutions, News
    Continuous monitoring and testing are key to effective static charge control. To ensure there are no loopholes in your ESD control programme, all ESD equipment, as well as personnel operating it, need ...
  • Demand for local products highlighted at LME expo
    31 July 2019, News
    The Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), held in Johannesburg in late May, managed to draw a respectable 3473 visitors in its first ever outing. “The Expo was the culmination of a vision that ...
  • Analog Devices explores use-cases for wearable devices
    31 July 2019, Altron Arrow, News
    In general, it is not just about exercising more or better nutritional intake – there is more interest in monitoring certain vital body parameters. This is the reason why companies in the smart watch ...
  • Company profile: BAMR
    31 July 2019, BAMR, News
    BAMR is a Cape Town-based company that supplies, repairs, services and calibrates instruments, especially in the coatings, corrosion, physical paint testing and allied industries. It has been the supplier ...
  • Electronics news digest
    26 June 2019, News
    South Africa • South Africa is looking to take on a leading role in the international space weather monitoring community. Space weather events are capable of seriously disrupting modern technologies ...
  • Clearing the static: ESD testing and monitoring – Part 2
    26 June 2019, Altico Static Control Solutions, News
    Once you’ve identified an ESD protected area (EPA) and the combination of ESD (electrostatic discharge) control products your facility requires, continuous testing and monitoring need to be conducted. ...

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronics Buyers’ Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual





 

         
    Classic | Mobile

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.