Germany – Sonnenwagen Aachen, a registered association comprising 40 students of the RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences in Germany, has recently unveiled their solar-operated electric car that will take part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2017 in Australia.
The high-powered car that has been designed and developed over two years by the Sonnenwagen team for the emission-free race will run through the Australian outback on a 3,022 km-route from Darwin to Adelaide. The challenge will see many other international teams comprising tertiary and secondary students from over 30 countries. Held every two years, the race challenges the norms and travel in the harsh outback conditions in a vehicle powered only by solar power.
Big-time, polymer player Covestro, with business activities focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of our daily life, is gold sponsor of the Sonnewagen team and supports them with materials and technical services.
“Our solar car clearly proves that innovative and sustainable mobility concepts are already possible and feasible now,” said Hendrik Löbberding, chairman of the Sonnenwagen team.
Coatings expert at Covestro, Dr. Karsten Danielmeier noted: “In Australia, we want to test a car-repair clear coat from PPG under the harsh climate conditions prevailing along the race’s route.” He explained further and said that since the car body parts are made of temperature-sensitive, carbon-fibre composites, the vehicle has not passed the usual original coating with the baking process. Also, the clear coat contains Covestro's bio-based hardener Desmodur eco N 7300.
Now it's time to wish the team, “Good Luck!”