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Residents on Welsh housing estate slash bills by generating own energy

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Energy bills woes are a thing of the past for those living on a Welsh housing estate whose homes now run on solar-powered batteries as part of a unique energy-sharing scheme.

The Penderi estate in Swansea is the site for what has been dubbed Europe’s biggest green retrofit project, covering some 644 properties, according to social housing provider Pobl.

The enterprise was funded jointly by the European Union (£3.5m), Pobl (£1.5m), and a £900,000 infrastructure upgrade by Western Power.

Wales’ housing minister Julie James hailed the scheme, which uses solar panels on residents’ roofs to generate power to charge batteries inside people’s homes, as “transformational”.

Nikita Harris, 26, who now has a battery fitted to a wall inside the entrance to her property on the estate, said the installation had reduced her concern over the cost of her energy bills.

“Where I used to worry going to bed, I don’t have to worry now,” she told the BBC.

The mother-of-two said she had managed to slash her electricity bill by limiting her use of larger appliances during the day.

“I used to spend £20 a week on my electric,” she said. “Now with the solar panels and battery, I’m putting in £10 a week.

“By having the battery in my home … I feel calmer,” she told the broadcaster.

“It’s hard watching people say they’re struggling to get food or do they get electric,” Ms Harris said. “It is worrying times for everybody, but this has helped.”

Pobl has so far installed energy storage and smart energy management technology in 200 homes, which it said had already begun to cut the amount of power being taken from the national grid.

It is hoped the retrofitted homes will generate up to 60 per cent of their own electricity, helping to reduce bills and cut carbon emissions by as much as 350 tonnes each year.

“The aim is to … protect our customers from the peaks and troughs in the volatility in the market that we currently see now,” Pobl director of regeneration Solitaire Pritchard told the BBC.

“We hope to learn how people live with this technology,” Ms Pritchard said.

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Residents on Welsh housing estate slash bills by generating own energy

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Energy bills woes are a thing of the past for those living on a Welsh housing estate whose homes now run on solar-powered batteries as part of a unique energy-sharing scheme.

The Penderi estate in Swansea is the site for what has been dubbed Europe’s biggest green retrofit project, covering some 644 properties, according to social housing provider Pobl.

The enterprise was funded jointly by the European Union (£3.5m), Pobl (£1.5m), and a £900,000 infrastructure upgrade by Western Power.

Wales’ housing minister Julie James hailed the scheme, which uses solar panels on residents’ roofs to generate power to charge batteries inside people’s homes, as “transformational”.

Nikita Harris, 26, who now has a battery fitted to a wall inside the entrance to her property on the estate, said the installation had reduced her concern over the cost of her energy bills.

“Where I used to worry going to bed, I don’t have to worry now,” she told the BBC.

The mother-of-two said she had managed to slash her electricity bill by limiting her use of larger appliances during the day.

“I used to spend £20 a week on my electric,” she said. “Now with the solar panels and battery, I’m putting in £10 a week.

“By having the battery in my home … I feel calmer,” she told the broadcaster.

“It’s hard watching people say they’re struggling to get food or do they get electric,” Ms Harris said. “It is worrying times for everybody, but this has helped.”

Pobl has so far installed energy storage and smart energy management technology in 200 homes, which it said had already begun to cut the amount of power being taken from the national grid.

It is hoped the retrofitted homes will generate up to 60 per cent of their own electricity, helping to reduce bills and cut carbon emissions by as much as 350 tonnes each year.

“The aim is to … protect our customers from the peaks and troughs in the volatility in the market that we currently see now,” Pobl director of regeneration Solitaire Pritchard told the BBC.

“We hope to learn how people live with this technology,” Ms Pritchard said.

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Residents on Welsh housing estate slash bills by generating own energy

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Energy bills woes are a thing of the past for those living on a Welsh housing estate whose homes now run on solar-powered batteries as part of a unique energy-sharing scheme.

The Penderi estate in Swansea is the site for what has been dubbed Europe’s biggest green retrofit project, covering some 644 properties, according to social housing provider Pobl.

The enterprise was funded jointly by the European Union (£3.5m), Pobl (£1.5m), and a £900,000 infrastructure upgrade by Western Power.

Wales’ housing minister Julie James hailed the scheme, which uses solar panels on residents’ roofs to generate power to charge batteries inside people’s homes, as “transformational”.

Nikita Harris, 26, who now has a battery fitted to a wall inside the entrance to her property on the estate, said the installation had reduced her concern over the cost of her energy bills.

“Where I used to worry going to bed, I don’t have to worry now,” she told the BBC.

The mother-of-two said she had managed to slash her electricity bill by limiting her use of larger appliances during the day.

“I used to spend £20 a week on my electric,” she said. “Now with the solar panels and battery, I’m putting in £10 a week.

“By having the battery in my home … I feel calmer,” she told the broadcaster.

“It’s hard watching people say they’re struggling to get food or do they get electric,” Ms Harris said. “It is worrying times for everybody, but this has helped.”

Pobl has so far installed energy storage and smart energy management technology in 200 homes, which it said had already begun to cut the amount of power being taken from the national grid.

It is hoped the retrofitted homes will generate up to 60 per cent of their own electricity, helping to reduce bills and cut carbon emissions by as much as 350 tonnes each year.

“The aim is to … protect our customers from the peaks and troughs in the volatility in the market that we currently see now,” Pobl director of regeneration Solitaire Pritchard told the BBC.

“We hope to learn how people live with this technology,” Ms Pritchard said.

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Daily News Wrap-Up: Tender Clauses Amended for KUSUM Solar Pumps Program

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Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced amendments to the tender provisions for empaneling vendors under Component B of the PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan) program. Under component B, the target is to install 1.75 million standalone solar-powered agriculture pumps of individual capacity up to 7.5 HP. As per the new amendments, the rates discovered in the centralized tender will serve as a ceiling for any bids called by the state implementing agencies (SIAs). SIAs can implement their prices only in cases where prices have not been discovered in the centralized tender for that state, or there are not enough vendors through centralized tendering, or these vendors cannot complete timely installation. If the prices of the pumps of these capacities are discovered in the neighboring states or union territories, the same can serve as the ceiling price. Empaneled vendors who do not complete the installation of the pumps will be blacklisted for five years.

Trident Group, a textiles and paper conglomerate, announced that it has completed installing an 8.87 MW solar power project at Budhni, Madhya Pradesh. The project was commissioned in two phases – a 5.48 MW solar power project (Phase I) and a 3.39 MW solar power project (Phase II), for captive use. The power generated from the project would be consumed by manufacturing facilities located at Budhni, resulting in considerable savings for the company. The group aims to use renewable and clean energy to reduce carbon emissions.

ArcelorMittal, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, BHP, and Mitsubishi Development will collaborate on a multi-year trial of carbon capture technology with ArcelorMittal. The trial involves ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Ghent, Belgium, as well as another unspecified site in North America, and aims to identify means of enhancing the feasibility of carbon capture utilization and/or storage (CCUS) technologies in the global steelmaking industry. Currently, there are no full-scale operational CCUS facilities in blast furnace steelmaking operations, with only a limited number of small-capacity carbon capture or utilization pilots underway or in the planning phases globally. However, later this year, ArcelorMittal Gent will commission its Steelanol project, a scale demonstration plant that will capture carbon-rich process gases from the blast furnace and convert them into ethanol.

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), in line with the company’s ESG+ framework, has installed 224 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 92 properties. These EV charging points, in collaboration with Tata Power, are present across various Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta, Ginger, and amã Stays & Trails properties across the country. The move is aligned with IHCL’s commitment to cater to the evolving needs of its customers by reducing their carbon footprint in travel. These chargers can be accessed by guests staying at various IHCL properties.

Hydrogen systems supplier Hexagon Purus and green hydrogen producer Lhyfe entered into commercial cooperation to deliver Hexagon Purus’ type 4 hydrogen distribution systems. As a result, Lhyfe can deliver a maximum of 19 tons of green hydrogen per trip, corresponding to the consumption of 650 transit buses. Type 4 hydrogen distribution system is a composite high-pressure cylinder technology used for bulk distribution of compressed hydrogen. Hexagon Purus’ products are used in various applications, including light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles, buses, ground storage, distribution, refueling, maritime, rail, and aerospace. Lhyfe has a commercial pipeline representing a total production capacity of 9.8 GW by 2030.

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Daily News Wrap-Up: Tender Clauses Amended for KUSUM Solar Pumps Program

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

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Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced amendments to the tender provisions for empaneling vendors under Component B of the PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan) program. Under component B, the target is to install 1.75 million standalone solar-powered agriculture pumps of individual capacity up to 7.5 HP. As per the new amendments, the rates discovered in the centralized tender will serve as a ceiling for any bids called by the state implementing agencies (SIAs). SIAs can implement their prices only in cases where prices have not been discovered in the centralized tender for that state, or there are not enough vendors through centralized tendering, or these vendors cannot complete timely installation. If the prices of the pumps of these capacities are discovered in the neighboring states or union territories, the same can serve as the ceiling price. Empaneled vendors who do not complete the installation of the pumps will be blacklisted for five years.

Trident Group, a textiles and paper conglomerate, announced that it has completed installing an 8.87 MW solar power project at Budhni, Madhya Pradesh. The project was commissioned in two phases – a 5.48 MW solar power project (Phase I) and a 3.39 MW solar power project (Phase II), for captive use. The power generated from the project would be consumed by manufacturing facilities located at Budhni, resulting in considerable savings for the company. The group aims to use renewable and clean energy to reduce carbon emissions.

ArcelorMittal, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, BHP, and Mitsubishi Development will collaborate on a multi-year trial of carbon capture technology with ArcelorMittal. The trial involves ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Ghent, Belgium, as well as another unspecified site in North America, and aims to identify means of enhancing the feasibility of carbon capture utilization and/or storage (CCUS) technologies in the global steelmaking industry. Currently, there are no full-scale operational CCUS facilities in blast furnace steelmaking operations, with only a limited number of small-capacity carbon capture or utilization pilots underway or in the planning phases globally. However, later this year, ArcelorMittal Gent will commission its Steelanol project, a scale demonstration plant that will capture carbon-rich process gases from the blast furnace and convert them into ethanol.

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), in line with the company’s ESG+ framework, has installed 224 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 92 properties. These EV charging points, in collaboration with Tata Power, are present across various Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta, Ginger, and amã Stays & Trails properties across the country. The move is aligned with IHCL’s commitment to cater to the evolving needs of its customers by reducing their carbon footprint in travel. These chargers can be accessed by guests staying at various IHCL properties.

Hydrogen systems supplier Hexagon Purus and green hydrogen producer Lhyfe entered into commercial cooperation to deliver Hexagon Purus’ type 4 hydrogen distribution systems. As a result, Lhyfe can deliver a maximum of 19 tons of green hydrogen per trip, corresponding to the consumption of 650 transit buses. Type 4 hydrogen distribution system is a composite high-pressure cylinder technology used for bulk distribution of compressed hydrogen. Hexagon Purus’ products are used in various applications, including light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles, buses, ground storage, distribution, refueling, maritime, rail, and aerospace. Lhyfe has a commercial pipeline representing a total production capacity of 9.8 GW by 2030.

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Daily News Wrap-Up: Tender Clauses Amended for KUSUM Solar Pumps Program

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

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Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced amendments to the tender provisions for empaneling vendors under Component B of the PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan) program. Under component B, the target is to install 1.75 million standalone solar-powered agriculture pumps of individual capacity up to 7.5 HP. As per the new amendments, the rates discovered in the centralized tender will serve as a ceiling for any bids called by the state implementing agencies (SIAs). SIAs can implement their prices only in cases where prices have not been discovered in the centralized tender for that state, or there are not enough vendors through centralized tendering, or these vendors cannot complete timely installation. If the prices of the pumps of these capacities are discovered in the neighboring states or union territories, the same can serve as the ceiling price. Empaneled vendors who do not complete the installation of the pumps will be blacklisted for five years.

Trident Group, a textiles and paper conglomerate, announced that it has completed installing an 8.87 MW solar power project at Budhni, Madhya Pradesh. The project was commissioned in two phases – a 5.48 MW solar power project (Phase I) and a 3.39 MW solar power project (Phase II), for captive use. The power generated from the project would be consumed by manufacturing facilities located at Budhni, resulting in considerable savings for the company. The group aims to use renewable and clean energy to reduce carbon emissions.

ArcelorMittal, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, BHP, and Mitsubishi Development will collaborate on a multi-year trial of carbon capture technology with ArcelorMittal. The trial involves ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Ghent, Belgium, as well as another unspecified site in North America, and aims to identify means of enhancing the feasibility of carbon capture utilization and/or storage (CCUS) technologies in the global steelmaking industry. Currently, there are no full-scale operational CCUS facilities in blast furnace steelmaking operations, with only a limited number of small-capacity carbon capture or utilization pilots underway or in the planning phases globally. However, later this year, ArcelorMittal Gent will commission its Steelanol project, a scale demonstration plant that will capture carbon-rich process gases from the blast furnace and convert them into ethanol.

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), in line with the company’s ESG+ framework, has installed 224 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 92 properties. These EV charging points, in collaboration with Tata Power, are present across various Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta, Ginger, and amã Stays & Trails properties across the country. The move is aligned with IHCL’s commitment to cater to the evolving needs of its customers by reducing their carbon footprint in travel. These chargers can be accessed by guests staying at various IHCL properties.

Hydrogen systems supplier Hexagon Purus and green hydrogen producer Lhyfe entered into commercial cooperation to deliver Hexagon Purus’ type 4 hydrogen distribution systems. As a result, Lhyfe can deliver a maximum of 19 tons of green hydrogen per trip, corresponding to the consumption of 650 transit buses. Type 4 hydrogen distribution system is a composite high-pressure cylinder technology used for bulk distribution of compressed hydrogen. Hexagon Purus’ products are used in various applications, including light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles, buses, ground storage, distribution, refueling, maritime, rail, and aerospace. Lhyfe has a commercial pipeline representing a total production capacity of 9.8 GW by 2030.

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Daily News Wrap-Up: Tender Clauses Amended for KUSUM Solar Pumps Program

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

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Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced amendments to the tender provisions for empaneling vendors under Component B of the PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan) program. Under component B, the target is to install 1.75 million standalone solar-powered agriculture pumps of individual capacity up to 7.5 HP. As per the new amendments, the rates discovered in the centralized tender will serve as a ceiling for any bids called by the state implementing agencies (SIAs). SIAs can implement their prices only in cases where prices have not been discovered in the centralized tender for that state, or there are not enough vendors through centralized tendering, or these vendors cannot complete timely installation. If the prices of the pumps of these capacities are discovered in the neighboring states or union territories, the same can serve as the ceiling price. Empaneled vendors who do not complete the installation of the pumps will be blacklisted for five years.

Trident Group, a textiles and paper conglomerate, announced that it has completed installing an 8.87 MW solar power project at Budhni, Madhya Pradesh. The project was commissioned in two phases – a 5.48 MW solar power project (Phase I) and a 3.39 MW solar power project (Phase II), for captive use. The power generated from the project would be consumed by manufacturing facilities located at Budhni, resulting in considerable savings for the company. The group aims to use renewable and clean energy to reduce carbon emissions.

ArcelorMittal, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, BHP, and Mitsubishi Development will collaborate on a multi-year trial of carbon capture technology with ArcelorMittal. The trial involves ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Ghent, Belgium, as well as another unspecified site in North America, and aims to identify means of enhancing the feasibility of carbon capture utilization and/or storage (CCUS) technologies in the global steelmaking industry. Currently, there are no full-scale operational CCUS facilities in blast furnace steelmaking operations, with only a limited number of small-capacity carbon capture or utilization pilots underway or in the planning phases globally. However, later this year, ArcelorMittal Gent will commission its Steelanol project, a scale demonstration plant that will capture carbon-rich process gases from the blast furnace and convert them into ethanol.

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), in line with the company’s ESG+ framework, has installed 224 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 92 properties. These EV charging points, in collaboration with Tata Power, are present across various Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta, Ginger, and amã Stays & Trails properties across the country. The move is aligned with IHCL’s commitment to cater to the evolving needs of its customers by reducing their carbon footprint in travel. These chargers can be accessed by guests staying at various IHCL properties.

Hydrogen systems supplier Hexagon Purus and green hydrogen producer Lhyfe entered into commercial cooperation to deliver Hexagon Purus’ type 4 hydrogen distribution systems. As a result, Lhyfe can deliver a maximum of 19 tons of green hydrogen per trip, corresponding to the consumption of 650 transit buses. Type 4 hydrogen distribution system is a composite high-pressure cylinder technology used for bulk distribution of compressed hydrogen. Hexagon Purus’ products are used in various applications, including light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles, buses, ground storage, distribution, refueling, maritime, rail, and aerospace. Lhyfe has a commercial pipeline representing a total production capacity of 9.8 GW by 2030.

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Nonprofit launched to help learners, students contribute to sustainable mobility

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Nonprofit organisation the South African Solar Car Development Foundation (SASCDF) was launched on October 27 to help equip high school learners and tertiary students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to build a solar car and contribute towards sustainable transportation.

The foundation was established after schools and tertiary institutions across the country expressed their interest in participating in both the Sasol Solar Challenge and Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge to experiment with different energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts.

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“Barriers, such as a lack of financial support and necessary skills and knowledge, are some of the biggest challenges faced to start a solar car project and build a fully functioning solar car in order to participate in solar car events,” says SASCDF founder and director and Sasol Solar Challenge and Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge owner and director Robert Walker.

To help upskill and support the prospective solar car teams in designing and building cutting-edge solar cars, the foundation will collaborate with like-minded industry leaders and specialists with extensive experience in the transportation and alternative energy sectors, he adds.

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“The wheels of sustainable transportation are slowly turning. This means more diverse STEM and energy innovations are required to contribute towards the future of mobility in the country. We are therefore thrilled to launch the SASCDF, which aims to attract young minds into STEM-related fields and empower them to develop solar car projects,” he says.

“The foundation will link solar car projects to the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge and the Sasol Solar Challenge. Once a team has acquired all the necessary skills and knowledge and have built a solar car, they will then participate in the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge to test their solar car on a closed track, and subsequently compete in the Sasol Solar Challenge on the open roads of South Africa,” Walker notes.

Further, the SASCDF will serve as the central resource centre for emerging solar car projects to gain access to funding and resources through donors and partners, including materials to build solar cars as well as knowledge sharing from various field specialists and experienced solar car teams.

“High school learners, some starting a solar car project as early as in Grade 9, are given an opportunity to learn about various STEM and energy concepts and, thereafter, apply that knowledge and skills to build a fully functioning solar car. This will gain them valuable experience that will subsequently open various doors for them in the future when they further their studies at tertiary institutions,” he highlights.

The foundation will focus on hands-on learning of STEM education, with real-world applications. This will teach these young minds critical thinking skills and instil a passion for innovation as they prepare to build their cutting-edge solar cars to participate in the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge and subsequently move to the Sasol Solar Challenge.

“The aim is not to only develop solar car teams for solar challenges but grow a group of knowledgeable and experienced scientists and engineers who will transform the transportation sector and make it sustainable in the near future.”

Tertiary institutions will be able to apply into the foundation from November in order to get their solar car projects ready for the 2023 Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge, which will take place in July at Red Star Raceway, in Delmas, Mpumalanga. Registrations for high schools will open in March 2023.

Successful applicants will receive mentorship and various materials, which will include basic funding, learning materials and car parts to help start the solar car projects.

All participating applicants submit status reports for their projects to substantiate if their solar car project proves to be on track and viable. The rest of the funding and all other required materials are then allocated accordingly to finalise projects and prepare for testing at the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge, says Walker.

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Nonprofit launched to help learners, students contribute to sustainable mobility

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Nonprofit organisation the South African Solar Car Development Foundation (SASCDF) was launched on October 27 to help equip high school learners and tertiary students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to build a solar car and contribute towards sustainable transportation.

The foundation was established after schools and tertiary institutions across the country expressed their interest in participating in both the Sasol Solar Challenge and Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge to experiment with different energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts.

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“Barriers, such as a lack of financial support and necessary skills and knowledge, are some of the biggest challenges faced to start a solar car project and build a fully functioning solar car in order to participate in solar car events,” says SASCDF founder and director and Sasol Solar Challenge and Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge owner and director Robert Walker.

To help upskill and support the prospective solar car teams in designing and building cutting-edge solar cars, the foundation will collaborate with like-minded industry leaders and specialists with extensive experience in the transportation and alternative energy sectors, he adds.

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“The wheels of sustainable transportation are slowly turning. This means more diverse STEM and energy innovations are required to contribute towards the future of mobility in the country. We are therefore thrilled to launch the SASCDF, which aims to attract young minds into STEM-related fields and empower them to develop solar car projects,” he says.

“The foundation will link solar car projects to the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge and the Sasol Solar Challenge. Once a team has acquired all the necessary skills and knowledge and have built a solar car, they will then participate in the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge to test their solar car on a closed track, and subsequently compete in the Sasol Solar Challenge on the open roads of South Africa,” Walker notes.

Further, the SASCDF will serve as the central resource centre for emerging solar car projects to gain access to funding and resources through donors and partners, including materials to build solar cars as well as knowledge sharing from various field specialists and experienced solar car teams.

“High school learners, some starting a solar car project as early as in Grade 9, are given an opportunity to learn about various STEM and energy concepts and, thereafter, apply that knowledge and skills to build a fully functioning solar car. This will gain them valuable experience that will subsequently open various doors for them in the future when they further their studies at tertiary institutions,” he highlights.

The foundation will focus on hands-on learning of STEM education, with real-world applications. This will teach these young minds critical thinking skills and instil a passion for innovation as they prepare to build their cutting-edge solar cars to participate in the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge and subsequently move to the Sasol Solar Challenge.

“The aim is not to only develop solar car teams for solar challenges but grow a group of knowledgeable and experienced scientists and engineers who will transform the transportation sector and make it sustainable in the near future.”

Tertiary institutions will be able to apply into the foundation from November in order to get their solar car projects ready for the 2023 Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge, which will take place in July at Red Star Raceway, in Delmas, Mpumalanga. Registrations for high schools will open in March 2023.

Successful applicants will receive mentorship and various materials, which will include basic funding, learning materials and car parts to help start the solar car projects.

All participating applicants submit status reports for their projects to substantiate if their solar car project proves to be on track and viable. The rest of the funding and all other required materials are then allocated accordingly to finalise projects and prepare for testing at the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge, says Walker.

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Nonprofit launched to help learners, students contribute to sustainable mobility

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Nonprofit organisation the South African Solar Car Development Foundation (SASCDF) was launched on October 27 to help equip high school learners and tertiary students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to build a solar car and contribute towards sustainable transportation.

The foundation was established after schools and tertiary institutions across the country expressed their interest in participating in both the Sasol Solar Challenge and Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge to experiment with different energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts.

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“Barriers, such as a lack of financial support and necessary skills and knowledge, are some of the biggest challenges faced to start a solar car project and build a fully functioning solar car in order to participate in solar car events,” says SASCDF founder and director and Sasol Solar Challenge and Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge owner and director Robert Walker.

To help upskill and support the prospective solar car teams in designing and building cutting-edge solar cars, the foundation will collaborate with like-minded industry leaders and specialists with extensive experience in the transportation and alternative energy sectors, he adds.

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“The wheels of sustainable transportation are slowly turning. This means more diverse STEM and energy innovations are required to contribute towards the future of mobility in the country. We are therefore thrilled to launch the SASCDF, which aims to attract young minds into STEM-related fields and empower them to develop solar car projects,” he says.

“The foundation will link solar car projects to the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge and the Sasol Solar Challenge. Once a team has acquired all the necessary skills and knowledge and have built a solar car, they will then participate in the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge to test their solar car on a closed track, and subsequently compete in the Sasol Solar Challenge on the open roads of South Africa,” Walker notes.

Further, the SASCDF will serve as the central resource centre for emerging solar car projects to gain access to funding and resources through donors and partners, including materials to build solar cars as well as knowledge sharing from various field specialists and experienced solar car teams.

“High school learners, some starting a solar car project as early as in Grade 9, are given an opportunity to learn about various STEM and energy concepts and, thereafter, apply that knowledge and skills to build a fully functioning solar car. This will gain them valuable experience that will subsequently open various doors for them in the future when they further their studies at tertiary institutions,” he highlights.

The foundation will focus on hands-on learning of STEM education, with real-world applications. This will teach these young minds critical thinking skills and instil a passion for innovation as they prepare to build their cutting-edge solar cars to participate in the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge and subsequently move to the Sasol Solar Challenge.

“The aim is not to only develop solar car teams for solar challenges but grow a group of knowledgeable and experienced scientists and engineers who will transform the transportation sector and make it sustainable in the near future.”

Tertiary institutions will be able to apply into the foundation from November in order to get their solar car projects ready for the 2023 Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge, which will take place in July at Red Star Raceway, in Delmas, Mpumalanga. Registrations for high schools will open in March 2023.

Successful applicants will receive mentorship and various materials, which will include basic funding, learning materials and car parts to help start the solar car projects.

All participating applicants submit status reports for their projects to substantiate if their solar car project proves to be on track and viable. The rest of the funding and all other required materials are then allocated accordingly to finalise projects and prepare for testing at the Ilanga Cup Solar Challenge, says Walker.