Solar car back from world challenge

Luke Keioskie
Mon 11 Dec

The MTAA Super Charge solar car was in Canberra on Monday – and even managed to get a car park!

The solar car which uses thin-film silicon and a lithium-ion battery was on display in Turner for the launch of the ACT’s Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory discussion paper.

The car is funded by MTAA Super and the ACT Government partly through the ACT Renewables Innovation Hub.

The car competed in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge on 8 October against more than twenty other solar car teams from across the globe including Cambridge University, Stanford University and the Nagoya Institute of Technology.

The 3000km challenge kicked off in Darwin, NT and travelled the Stuart Highway to Port Augusta before finishing in Adelaide, SA. The 30 person Australian National University team which built MTAA Super Charge comprises undergraduates across a range of disciplines and was one of three Australian teams in the Challenger category. 

Business team lead Mark McAnulty said while the Dutch triumphed in the race – they’re such a force that the unofficial motto for the challenge is “Beat the Dutch” – the event was really about collaborating on the science of solar, with all teams sharing their knowledge.

“We learnt heaps and it’s all going to go towards the next race in two years’ time,” he said.