The Cyprus Institute Solar Car Challenge to be promoted overseas

The Cyprus Institute Solar Car Challenge to be promoted overseas

The Cyprus Institute and Nicosia Municipality have announced their plan to turn the “Solar Car Challenge” into an international event.

During a press conference on Wednesday, the Institute`s chairman Professor Costas N. Papanicolas said the aim is to increase interest and attract more participants from overseas in the challenge.

For this reason, he added, together with Nicosia Mayor, they will jointly promote the challenge to Europe and also Middle East countries.

“€œSolar Car Challenge 2015” will take place on Sunday, 28 June 2015, in Nicosia city center (Stasikratous Str., Spyrou Kyprianou Ave., Georgiou Griva Digeni Ave., Dimostheni Severi Ave., and Vasilissis Freiderikis Str.). The participants will design, build, manage and race custom-made solar powered vehicles.

In this popular annual summer event, Solar Cars will race using the sun as the only fuel. “The first Solar Car Challenge was organised by The Cyprus Institute in June 2010, at the Daytona Race Track in Tseri, in collaboration with the Research Promotion Foundation. Due to its great success an annual event was born.”

Papanicolas said the event opens new horizons for the scientists of the future and elicits their interest for science and technology.

Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yorkatzis said the sun is an endless and pure source of energy and Cyprus with its abundant annual sunshine is a country with great capabilities in using and implementing solar energy.

He urged citizens to support the race which will be open to the public from 10am to 1pm.

According to the Cyprus Institute website, the race is truly high-tech since the teams build their cars, and design their own engineering systems. Unlike most race cars, solar cars are designed with energy constraints imposed by the race regulations. These rules limit the energy used to only that collected from solar radiation. These vehicles represent the green future, radically different than driving a regular car, since they have no fossil fuel engine. All horse power comes from the solar panels on the vehicles which charge the battery. The amazing designs to be presented, offer an one-time experience to spectators, aiming to promote research and innovation in the use of solar energy, and through events like the Solar Car Race, raise the interest of the public, particularly of young people for the use of alternative energy resources.