The new solar-powered car race in the UAE capital
Driving by the power of the sun
The Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge (ADSC) will be the first ever solar car competition to take place in the UAE — announced during the Abu Dhabi Ascent conference on climate change on Monday — the unique event will be hosted by the UAE capital's renewable energy company, Masdar.
"The cars will run purely on solar energy. They are not being made for commercial purposes, but for educational and technological ones," said Dr Nabih Bedewi, ADSC event director.
The ADSC has already invited 20 of the top university car teams from Australia and Europe, to Asia and America. The Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi will also be taking part in the competition. The futuristic cars will be designed and driven entirely by the students, using the latest in renewable energy, aerospace and automotive technologies.
The twenty high-tech cars — powered by the sun — will take to the roads next January travelling a distance of up to 1,200 kilometres, racing to the finish line outside the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event will be coinciding with the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit.
"We hope friendly competition from global universities will inspire local youth to pursue degrees in science-based fields," said Masdar's chairman Dr Sultan Al Jaber.