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AkzoNobel-coated Solar Car Wins Race at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Published on 2015-11-06. Author : SpecialChem

Students from Delft University of Technology scorched to victory in this year's Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in a vehicle which once again featured a coatings system developed by AkzoNobel.

Fig. 1: AkzoNobel - coated Solar Car Wins Race

The Nuon Solar Team has been sponsored by the company for a number of years and the recent victory in Australia – which involved driving 3,000 kilometers from Darwin to Adelaide – meant that the Dutch team successfully defended the title they won when the biennial event was last staged in 2013. It was also the university’s sixth victory since they first took part in 2001.

This year proved to be one of the closest races on record, with the winning Nuna 8 vehicle crossing the line just 3mins 35secs ahead of another Dutch team, Twente. A total of 42 teams took part from schools and universities around the world.

"We're always keen to help future engineers and technicians, and to encourage cutting-edge technical developments, and we were delighted to offer our support and coatings expertise," said Remco Maassen van den Brink, Marketing Director for AkzoNobel's Vehicle Refinishes business.

A specialized Sikkens coating was used to cover the rough surface of Nuna 8's carbon fiber body and create a super-smooth, lightweight finish. It took almost two weeks to complete the paint job at the company's Automotive Training Center in Sassenheim, polishing the car until its aerodynamic resistance was as low as that of a car's wing mirror.

Every 18 months, a new Nuon Solar Team is formed to develop and race its own solar-powered car. Members come from a variety of faculties across the university, including aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering and mathematics.

Entrants need to comply with size and design regulations, as well as the specific rules of the race. Using a nominal 5 kWh of stored energy, the sun and recovered kinetic energy from the car, the top teams aim to maintain an average speed of between 85 and 100 km/h.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the leading global paints and coatings companies and one of the major producers of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, it supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of its fast-changing planet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, it has approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability, it is committed to making life more liveable and its cities more human.

Source: AkzoNobel

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