Prince Albert II of Monaco visits Ardingly Solar
24 Apr 2019
His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, has visited the Ardingly Solar team to unveil and drive their latest solar car. HSH Prince Albert II is patron of the project and the Prince was full of praise for the students’ efforts to pursue a sustainable transport solution. The project is a now being run as a collaboration between Ardingly College and Ifield College and aims to enhance the students’ education by designing, building and racing highly advanced solar powered cars.
The solar team has already achieved 6th in the cruiser class in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC); a 3000km race from Darwin to Adelaide. This race, across the outback of Australia, tests both the advanced technologies of the car and the students’ resolve and tenacity!
The new car is highly advanced using the latest technologies including 95% efficient hub motors and 23% efficient solar cells. The car has already represented the UK in the 24-hour European Solar Challenge in September 2018, completing nearly 600km and coming 10th out of 20 university and company entrants. Since then, the car has undergone a considerable upgrade with students from both schools working on Saturdays to make the car both lighter and more aerodynamic.
If successful at this October’s 2019 BWSC Australian race, Ardingly Solar will be the first UK and first school team to complete the full 3000km.
Lev Petrov, the student head of Ardingly Solar, thanked Prince Albert II of Monaco for his backing. “This achievement is only possible due to the patronage and support by HSH Prince Albert II’s Monaco foundation and the help of our industrial and university sponsors.”