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Abu Dhabi to host solar car competition

Qualifying stage of competition at Yas Marina Circuit. (Supplied)

By Wam

Abu Dhabi is set to host Middle East’s first competitive solar car competition this week, welcoming students from across the world for the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, ADSC.

The first event of its kind to be sanctioned in the region by the International Solar car Federation, ISF, the ADSC will take place between January 15 and 19, with the qualifying stage at Yas Marina Circuit. The teams will travel approximately 1,200km across Abu Dhabi emirate, between January 16 and 19, before finishing in the UAE capital.

The event will showcase to the world many of the things that make the UAE the country that it is today, including its position as a pioneer at the cutting edge of energy efficiency technology as well as its investment in youth, science, engineering, education and innovation.

The ADSC is sponsored by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Adnoc, and hosted by Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW. As the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East, ADSW will see thought-leaders and clean technology innovators come together with 32,000 delegates from over 170 countries.

Dr. Nawal Al Hosany, Director of Sustainability, Masdar, said, "Masdar is proud to host the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. It’s an event the entire UAE community can get behind, especially in supporting the UAE entry. In highlighting what can be achieved when human ingenuity meets cutting edge clean technology, it also promises to help inspire future generations of engineers and scientists."

Abu Dhabi will welcome teams from Australia, Europe, America and Asia, including a number of familiar faces on the solar challenge circuit. Teams include The University of Michigan from the USA, Tokai University from Japan, and Queensland University of Technology from Australia.  The Petroleum Institute team will be representing the UAE. The team has worked tirelessly for months to become one of the solar world’s elite, flying the UAE flag in front of a global audience.