UAE students build 100km per hour solar car

American University of Sharjah, Siemens announce completion of eco-friendly vehicle.

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By  Andy Sambidge Published  April 14, 2009

Siemens and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) on Tuesday announced the completion of the Siemens Sunchaser, a solar powered car capable of speeds of up to 100km per hour.

The car is the result of a collaboration between Siemens, the regional company of the global engineering powerhouse, Siemens AG and the university's College of Engineering.

Following a sponsorship agreement signed early last year, eight engineering students from the university set out to design and build a solar-powered car as their undergraduate project.

Designed as the regional prototype for vehicles that use alternative energy sources, the Siemens Sunchaser is a 1.5 horsepower car capable of moving at speeds up to 100 kilometres per hour.

It harnesses its power from the sun through a series of 740 cells arranged on the body of the car in solar panels.

"With our expertise as a technology-oriented, knowledge-based company, we understand the need to foster and nurture future generations across the globe," said Joachim Kundt, CEO, Siemens.

The Siemens Sunchaser will remain on the AUS campus, where future students will be able to optimise its features for greater performance.

"With the support of Siemens, we were able to realise this goal to such an ambitious scale that our students have become the first to design and build a solar-powered car in the GCC region. We are proud to have achieved this distinction," said Dr Ameen El-Sinawi, the primary advisor of the Sunchaser project, and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

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