We are a team of Estonians developing a solar-powered car to push the limits of student innovation and test our creation in challenging conditions.
Building a solar car and putting it up for the ultimate challenge
Solaride is a project which is brought to life by the sheer willpower of students from six universities, who had enough with the dire situation with both the renewable energy field and the lack of practical education in Estonia. In order to change that they gathered their knowledge, joined forces with the most outstanding mentors and decided to put their knowledge up for the ultimate test – by building a solar car. Not just simply building it for a few more than average adventurous trips to McDonalds, no. We began building it in order to take it for the ultimate test run by pervading 3000km of Australian outback participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Unfortunately, just 8 months before the race, we received the sad news that the BWSC will not take place until 2023 due to pandemic related travel restrictions. But that is not going to stop us! Just sheer minutes after receiving the news, we started looking for alternatives and we have gathered a core group among other European solar teams to organize/participate in an alternative race. Anything to put our car for the test to check what we can actually build with our hands! And of course gain the knowledge to prepare to win the 2023 race he he…
As it is a challenging project, we have gathered all the most outstanding mentors to join us and support our students with their best practices and know-how. Through this unique dynamic the students are gaining valuable experience working side-by-side with experts. Such cooperation helps to relieve the lack of engineers in the workforce by preparing students while attending university. Oh, speaking of universities – the major academias have decided to support the Solaride project. Why shouldn’t they – their students can’t put their knowledge straight to practice and help to develop curriculums that are customized to support the creation of innovation.