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Deakin U partners with energy company in solar vehicle contest


By David Schwartz
Published: April 9th, 2019

Australia’s Deakin University is partnering with energy company ACCIONA to compete in the 2021 World Solar Challenge. In the collaborative project, Deakin students and academics will work alongside ACCIONA’s personnel and access the company’s resources to build a solar vehicle as part of the competition.

More than 260 Deakin students across four different schools from three campuses are already working on the vehicle project, which includes investigating design, weather patterns, logistics, marketing, user experiences, and the future of mobility.

The challenge involves travelling the Australian outback in a solar-powered vehicle, following a 3,000-kilometre route from Darwin to Adelaide. Students from over 30 countries have entered the competition.

Deakin’s vice president of industry engagement, Peter Hodgson, said the university is “delighted” to combine its leading engineering research with ACCIONA’s industry expertise in the World Solar Challenge. “Our partnership with ACCIONA Energy Australia will deliver a winning combination, leveraging and building on [our region’s] rich automotive heritage, Deakin will add breakthrough technologies to deliver a world-class vehicle in this advanced manufacturing era.”

Source: Surf Coast Times

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