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UJ Solar Car – RS Components’ part in Energy movement

A group of students at the University of Johannesburg has taken on the challenge of producing the University’s first solar-powered cars.

 

The UJ Solar Car team will be taking on the best of the best at the South African Sasol Solar Challenge being held in September 2014.

 

On a recent visit by RS’s management to the University, Nickey Janse Van Rensburg – Academic Supervisor explained. “The UJ Solar Car Project promotes the study of alternative energy, energy management and sustainable engineering design through the conceptualization and construction of their solar and alternative energy powered vehicles.”

 

Illanga (meaning ‘The Sun’ in Zulu) was conceptualized in 2011 by a group of final year B.Eng students at UJ.

 

Warren Hurter – Team Member described how “Illanga (meaning ‘The Sun’ in Zulu) was conceptualized in 2011 by a group of final year B.Eng students at UJ. Their passion and commitment to the project saw the dream become a reality – Illanga-I was introduced to the world when the team participated in their first solar race during the 2012 Sasol Solar Challenge. The project has expanded to date to include input and collaboration between undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Engineering Science, Industrial Design, and Marketing Departments.”

 

The UJ Solar car project serves as a research platform aimed at developing innovative and sustainable energy solutions that promote the international movement towards a green tomorrow.

 

Janse Van Rensburg continued “The UJ Solar Car Project functions as an educational tool developing young engineering graduates from all disciplines, by equipping them with the necessary skills and attributes to deal with real-world engineering challenges.  The UJ Solar Car Project functions as an educational tool developing young engineering graduates from all disciplines, by equipping them with the necessary skills and attributes to deal with real-world engineering challenges. It also serves as a research platform aimed at developing innovative and sustainable energy solutions that promote the international movement towards a green tomorrow.”


The project acts as a podium to promote Engineering and the Faculty to schools, students, researchers and industry.

The project enables the creation of mutually beneficial environment where industry partners can interact with students from UJ.  RS Compnents South Africa has partnered with the University of Johannesburg by sponsoring R1,000,000’s worth of products ranging from fuses and terminations to microscopes and 3D printers.  Students have also been encouraged to use DESIGNSPARK PCB as a tool to develop and create the vehicles and prototypes.  The team is also running a fleet of RepRapPro Ormerod 3D printers to build components for testing and for use in the construction of the vehicles.

 

Janse Van Rensburg expressed how technology drives excitement around engineering and how by investing in programmes such as the UJ Solar Car, we are investing into the country’s future.

 

RedRobot.co.za will be closely following the UJ Solar Car Team from their launch and through the race. Follow the team’s progress on Twitter @UJSolarCar and on Facebook  www.facebook.com/UJSolarCar