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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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Date:August 20th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
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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Date:August 21st, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Keep your eyes open. It may become a reasonably priced reality in the next ten years.
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