Michigan University team wins Abu Dhabi solar challenge

Team Michigan University crossed the finish line first on Monday after travelling 11,009 kilometres in three days.

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Published: Mon 19 Jan 2015, 8:21 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:31 PM

Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi; and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Monday honoured the winners of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge (ADSC), the first-ever International Solarcar Federation-sanctioned event to be held in the UAE.

The honouring ceremony took place following the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES 2015) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec).

Team Michigan University crossed the finish line first on Monday after travelling 11,009 kilometres in three days leaving behind the host emirate’s team Petroleum Institute and Belgium’s team Punch Power Train in the second and third place, respectively.

Noah Kaczor, 22, who drove Team Michigan’s car first over the finish line described Abu Dhabi as the ideal place for such challenges.

The multi-day cross-country road competition started on January 15 and finished in Abu Dhabi on Monday. It is the first of its kind to be held in the Middle East and was open to solar car teams from countries all over the world.

The Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge was sponsored by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc). Hosted by Masdar, it was part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.



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