Grid Scale, Solar, Storage

NASC: Minnesota Leads as Teams Cross into Canada

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The University of Minnesota continues to set the pace during the fifth day of the North American Solar Challenge – the 2,500-mile cross-country solar car challenge that began in Austin, Texas on July 17 and ends on July 27 in Calgary, Alberta. Minnesota was the first car to reach the stage stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Four other teams made it through the Pembina/Emerson port of entry into Canada. Following Minnesota were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Missouri-Rolla and the University of Waterloo. With today’s results, Minnesota maintains the overall lead with the lowest cumulative time, having traveled 1,633 miles in 38 hours, 45 minutes and 09 seconds. Time penalties, if any, have not yet been assessed. The NASC has two classes competing; the open class where teams are allowed to use batteries or solar cells of their choice and the stock class where teams use only lead acid batteries and solar cells approved by NASC officials. The stock class leader at the end of five days of racing continues to be Cal Sol followed closely by Iowa State University.