The Vattenfall Solar Team and the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
Vattenfall is the proud main sponsor of the Vattenfall Solar Team.
The biggest solar challenge in the world
Every two years, the world's biggest solar race is held in Australia: the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge brings over 40 student teams from across the world with their own purpose-built solar cars to the starting line. The students from the Vattenfall Solar Team have been top-class solar car experts for many years now. Since 2001, they have competed in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge nine times, lifting the trophy seven times. In doing so, the team shows time and again that fossil-free living within one generation is possible.
This year the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge took place from 13 October to 20 October.
Powering a brand new solar car
Watch the video: Vattenfall Solar Team and the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 in 100 seconds.
Solar car NunaX
The Vattenfall Solar Team appeared at the start of the race in Australia with the NunaX. This tenth car made by TU Delft students was not only smaller, lighter and more efficient, but also had a secret weapon: the car was built in such a way that the wind provided extra speed. The Vattenfall Solar Team hoped to win the world title with their NunaX for the eighth time during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.
Watch the video about NunaX, Vattenfall's tenth Solar Car: Fossil free racing with solar and wind power.
A climate neutral race participation
Solar car NunaX shows us the possibilities of fossil free transportation powered by the sun. However, a lot of transportation between Europe and Australia is needed to participate in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Vattenfall is committed to making the 2019 race participation of the Vattenfall Solar Team as climate neutral as possible. Unfortunately, use of non-fossil based forms of transportation between Europe and Australia, and the use of electric support vehicles in Australia, was not feasible.
We then turned to the EU Emissions Trading System. Based on a calculation drafted by independent agency Atmosfair in Germany, we bought a corresponding amount of European carbon emission rights (EUA). This way we take CO2 emission rights out of the carbon emission market, preventing others from emitting CO2. Together with the Vattenfall Solar Team, we will look into the deployment of fossil free support vehicles during the coming races in which the team will participate. If you want to know more about what was included in the 2019 calculations and the basis for making them, you can download the CO2 calculation below. The subsequent CO2 trading deal is registered under transaction number EU531078.
The independent agency Atmosfair's website
The CO2 calculation (PDF 485 kB)
Infographic – solar car NunaX
Read more about Vattenfall's solar car NunaX