Solar Model Cars to Race this Weekend

Forty-two teams of students will race model cars that are powered only by solar electricity.

GOLDEN, Colorado, US, 2001-05-11 <> The Junior Solar Sprint allows students an opportunity to demonstrate their engineering and design skills by building and racing small vehicles that run on solar energy. The event on Saturday is sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Department of Energy, Kaiser-Hill, Midwest Research Institute, Battelle and Bechtel. The vehicles must be less than 12 inches wide, 24 inches long and 12 inches high. Each team uses a motor and silicon solar cell, and is allowed to use any other material in the design and construction. The 20 m race is a double elimination competition with awards going to the five fastest cars. Five design awards will be given for technology, craftsmanship and innovation. DOE launched the Junior Solar Sprint in 1990 to educate students about renewable energy and the environment.

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