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Global Green Challenge 2009: Collection of Solar Car Race Stories

Austalia > Northern Territory > Darwin



Global Green Challenge Darwin-Adelaide 2009
25-30 Oct 2009



These are the stories related to the above. Please click to see and read.

. Darwin Solar Cars Flag-Off

. ‘Tokai Challenger’ from Tokai University, THE WINNER!

. ‘Solar Ranger1’ from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten)

. ‘Merdeka 2’ from University of Malaya

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Kakadu National Park: Anbangbang Rock Paintings

Australia > Northern Territory > Kakadu National Park

MAMUKALA & ANBANGBANG, Saturday 24 Oct 2009

Today we do a trip to Kakadu National Park – a Unesco World Heritage Site – and first stop is Mamukala Wetlands (marked by Blue Pin below) followed by the famous Anbangbang Aboriginal Rock Paintings (Red Pin). We end the day with a visit to Yellow Water (marked by the Yellow Pin below), a ‘billabong’ connected to the South Alligator River, a major Kakadu waterway.

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Kakadu National Park: Yellow Water

Australia > Northern Territory > Kakadu National Park



YELLOW WATER, Saturday 24 Oct 2009


Yellow Water (marked by the Yellow Pin below) is actually a ‘billabong’ connected to the South Alligator River, a major Kakadu waterway, and is about 320km from Darwin via Routes 36 (Jabiru Highway) and 21 (Kakadu Highway).

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Global Green Challenge 2009: Darwin Solar Cars Flag-Off

Australia > Northern Territory > Darwin



Global Green Challenge Darwin-Adelaide 2009
25-30 Oct 2009



A Slideshow of the Flag-Off in Darwin on 25 Oct 2009 (80 pics)


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More info here: http://globalgreenchallenge.com.au
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Global Green Challenge 2009: ‘Tokai Challenger’ from Tokai University

Austalia > Northern Territory > Darwin



Global Green Challenge Darwin-Adelaide 2009
25-30 Oct 2009



Tokai Challenger


LATEST: Tokai Challenger has won the race, arrived Adelaide checkpoint 3.39pm local time, 28 Oct 2009, having covered a total of 2998km in 29h 49m, averaging 100.5km/h. Well done to the Tokai Univ team! 😀 [added 1.45pm MYT, 28 Oct 2009]


Built by Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan, this is the best looking solar car I saw yesterday (25 Oct) at flag-off in Darwin, meticulously tended by its minders. As of this morning (26 Oct), it is leading the pack at Tennant Creek control, and has covered 1000km, almost a third of the race course.

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The solar cells numbering 2,176 pieces covering an area of 6 sq metre are supplied by Sharp, and at 30% conversion efficiency it is reputed to be the best in the world. Total output is 1.8kW, which can propel the car at up to 150km/h!

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These hi-tech solar cells are normally used to power satellites in space.

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A Slideshow Tribute to Tokai Challenger
[added 28 Oct 2009]


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Tokai Challenger Arrival in Adelaide
[added 28 Oct 2009]




GREAT STUFF, GUYS!


For pics of other Solar Cars at Darwin on 25 Oct 2009, please click HERE.


For More Info
Global Green Challenge
http://globalgreenchallenge.com.au
Tokai Challenger
http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/international/activities/solarcar.html
http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20090908/175016


Global Green Challenge 2009: ‘Solar Ranger1’ from Universiti Tenaga Nasional

Australia > Northern Territory > Darwin



Global Green Challenge Darwin-Adelaide 2009
25-30 Oct 2009



A Slideshow of the Flag-Off in Darwin on 25 Oct 2009 (19 pics)


Please mouse over image to retrieve control panel at the bottom, thanks.



THANKS!


More info here: http://globalgreenchallenge.com.au

Global Green Challenge 2009: ‘Merdeka 2’ from University of Malaya

Australia > Northern Territory > Darwin



Global Green Challenge Darwin-Adelaide 2009
25-30 Oct 2009



A Slideshow of the Flag-Off in Darwin on 25 Oct 2009 (10 pics)


Please mouse over image to retrieve control panel at the bottom, thanks.



THANKS!


More info here: http://globalgreenchallenge.com.au

Darwin and Kakadu: Teaser

Australia > Northern Territory



23-25 Oct 2009


Weekend in Darwin and Kakadu National Park (a World Heritage Site), and bumping into the Global Green Challenge solar vehicles race flag-off in downtown Darwin. Quite a packed weekend. 😀

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Pictorials of Laos Trip (Oct, 2009)

I’ve consolidated all 10 stories I did on Laos here.

 

01-06 Oct 2009 > Laos

Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang: Prelude and Hmong Market

Luang Prabang: Walkabout and Mekong River

Luang Prabang: Mighty Mekong

Luang Prabang: Wats or Vats

Luang Prabang: Night Market

Luang Prabang: Monks and Alms

Luang Prabang: Alms-giving and Ork Phansa

Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Vientiane Views



Vientiane Views

Laos > Vientiane



VIENTIANE or VIANG-CHAN, 05-06 Oct 2009


From our hotel room, we have a good view of Vientiane city, with a population of about 200,000 people.
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We have got ourself a car today, so a quick outstation trip is in the offing.
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And traffic is always interesting to watch here. No hordes of noisy motorbikes, as found in Vietnam or Cambodia. Well, not yet.
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As I said before, coconuts are very useful, even in the streets of Vientiane.
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We soon hit a gleaming highway …
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… and 23km from downtown Vientiane, we come to the 1st Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, built across the Mekong, linking Laos to Nong Khai (Thailand). Courtesy of the Aussies, the first ever bridge across lower Mekong.
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At the head of the bridge, on the Laos side, there’s a commemorative plaque …
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… with all the details. By the way the 2nd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge opened in 2007, located in southern Laos, while the 3rd one is already under construction, somewhere between the 1st and the 2nd.
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Laos drives on the right, Thailand on the left, but on the bridge, vehicles follow Thai rule. Note the single 1-metre-gauge railtrack right down the middle.
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At last I’m over the Mekong, as rusty-looking as ever! In the distance see the power transmission towers sending juice to Thailand from a major hydro plant north of Vientiane. This electricity sale to Thailand nets Laos 25% of their foreign earnings.
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Cars arriving from Thailand are most welcome!
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We return to downtown Vientiane, smackbang in the middle of a festival – the Annual Traditional Boat Race on the Mekong, always held the day after Ork Phansa. Offices and schools are closed, but the race site is so congested …
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… that this is all I could muster.
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Food stalls everywhere, and I spot the Lao lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo) among the roast chicken!
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Tired by the sheer number of people, we soon leave and pass by the phalanx of security kids, manning all roads and lanes leading to the riverside festivities.
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Monks are also keen on the boat race.
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True Francophiles here, unlike in other Indochinese countries, …
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… but English is making a strong challenge.
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Rue Pangkham is tailor-and-fabric street …
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… where one can get fine sinh skirts.
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One of the many well-tended roads in Vientiane …
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… which are patronised by equally well-tended sets of wheels.
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The city is hosting the 25th Southeast Asian Games this December, and preparation is in full swing …
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… especially the new shops selling all manners of souvenirs and trinkets.
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And the Laotians have selected a cute pair of mascots. Haven’t seen any nicer Games mascots.
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After 5 interesting days in Laos, we are back at Vientiane Wattay International Airport for the flight home. Not a bad outing, really; Luang Prabang has been beyond expectations, Vientiane so-so only.
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