First Latin America’s first solar car race, the Atacama Solar Challenge, finds sponsor

Eurener, a Spanish manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, is sponsoring the Atacama Solar Challenge (ASC), the first solar car race in Latin America, running in northern Chile from 30 September to 2 October this year.
First Latin America’s first solar car race, the Atacama Solar Challenge, finds sponsor

The event aims to develop solar technology in Chile and Latin America, and will involve 32 teams from seven countries. The teams will travel 933 kilometres across the Atacama Desert; an area that receives the highest levels of solar radiation in the world.

The competition is divided into two categories: Atacama Solar Challenge, for high-tech vehicles powered only by solar energy, and La Ruta Solar for tricycles powered by solar and human energy.

Eurener has entered into an academic research agreement with the University of Chile focused on solar energy, which has involved awarding scholarships to students from participating teams who are creating their own cars for the race.

Tailor-made PV equipment

Recently Vanessa Nolasco, Head of R & D, and Luis Catalá, Director of Expansion of Eurener, travelled to Chile where they met the winners of the scholarships and handed over the first solar equipment for the race.

The solar PV equipment was created specifically outside the usual production line of Eurener’s factory in Spain due to its specific characteristics. The cells are encapsulated in a special sized module of 2x3 and 1x4 rows, without tedlar or glass, designed to achieve maximum efficiency on the surface of the vehicles where they will be installed.

The meeting, held at the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Chile, was also attended by other teams competing in the high-tech category of the Atacama Solar Challenge.

All the students had the opportunity to participate in the online conference held with the plant located in the Spanish town of Bigastro, where Eurener’s headquarters is based, to ask the technicians responsible for designed and building the PV equipment, led by Vivien Magro, Head of Quality of the factory, about the operation and use of cells in the prototypes being developed.

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