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Construction Completed on Tokai University's Solar Car Equipped with Sharp Solar Cells

Click "Play" to see the Tokai Challenger running.

Sharp Corporation held an event to announce the completion of Tokai University's solar car equipped with Sharp solar cells boasting the highest level of conversion efficiency in the world.*
A team from Tokai University will use this solar car in the Global Green Challenge, one of the world's largest solar car races, to be held from October 24 to 31, 2009.

The solar car category of the Global Green Challenge has vehicles powered only by the sun's energy traverse the Australian continent for a distance of about 3,000 km.

Tokai University drivers will include Kenjiro Shinozuka, who in 1997 became the first Japanese to achieve overall victory in the Paris to Dakar Rally, as well as Tokai University students and alumni.

  • * As of September 7, 2009, for practical-application solar cells (Sharp survey).

<Tokai University's solar car equipped with Sharp solar cells>

From left: Executive Vice President Toshishige Hamano, driver Kenjiro Shinozuka, and Tokai University Vice Chancellor Yoshiaki Matsumae

Mr. Hamano outlines Sharp's solar cell business and gives encouragement to the team

Toshishige Hamano, Sharp Executive Vice President

Professor Hideki Kimura, Tokai University School of Engineering explains the team organization and details of the vehicle

The Tokai University Challenge Center Team's "Tokai Challenger" solar car, equipped with Sharp solar cells

The completed Tokai Challenger solar car

The press conference was held in an auditorium

Overview of the Global Green Challenge

Race duration:
October 24 to 31, 2009
Race course:
Darwin to Adelaide (distance of approx. 3,000 km), Australia
Organized by:
South Australian Motor Sport Board (established by the state government of South Australia)
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