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Solar Car Race - bigbumble
August 20th, 2012
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Solar Car Race
This year's solar car race, the American Solar Challenge, went from Rochester, New York to St. Paul, Minnesota. Along the route, there were a series of pit stops, or more precisely, checkpoints and stage points. The Engineering Campus at Western Michigan University was one such checkpoint. Since I live near to Kalamazoo, I stopped by on July 17 to watch the proceedings. I took several photographs a few of which I will share with you.

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The MIT Solar Powered Car arrives at Kalamazoo.



My Boyfriend is the Sun - Sun costumed guys welcome solar car racers to Western Michigan Universities engineering campus.

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The University of Michigan first place car arrives with a little help from his friends. Most of the cars missed the sharp turn into the pit stop area.

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The Michigan car being worked on in the pit stop area. The spray bottles have water for cooling the solar panels.

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There were various booths and vendor displays. This is the Four Elements Energy display with a solar trailer charging a Chevy Volt. We used this same trailer to power our rangehead at NARAM 54 in Muskegon this year.

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The Sun watches approvingly while the Iowa State car is being worked on.

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The Hometown Heros arrive! The Western Michigan Univesity Car rolls into the pit area.

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Everyone checks to see that the Hometown Western Michigan University car is properly maintained.

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It was a hot day, close to 100 degrees F, but it was worth the heat and besides, one booth was handing out free cookies!

Current Location: Otsego, Michigan, USA
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: My Boyfriend is the Sun - Brooke Lunderville
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From:catsittingstill
Date:August 20th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
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This is so cool; thanks for putting up the photos!

I've always wanted an electric motor for my recumbent bike--plus solar cells on the fairing to recharge the battery :-)
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From:bigbumble
Date:August 21st, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
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Keep your eyes open. It may become a reasonably priced reality in the next ten years.
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