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    University of NSW students design a new solar powered car.

    Not sure how the Sunswift would go during November in Manchester, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. If solar power or hydrogen fuel cells can make Western societies less reliant on the Middle Eastern oil then more the better I say. Anything to de-couple from a bunch of despots.


    University of NSW students drive Sunswift solar car into the record books
    By Neal Woolrich


    Fed up with soaring petrol prices and mounting fuel bills?

    If a group of bright young sparks from the University of New South Wales have their way, a trip to the bowser might one day be a thing of the past.

    Sixty undergraduates from the university's engineering and business faculties have built the fifth generation of the Sunswift solar car, which they have dubbed "Eve".

    At speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour, Eve can be powered entirely by the solar cells that cover most of its exterior.

    For faster speeds and driving at night, Eve's battery kicks in.

    The battery takes around 20 hours of sunlight to fully charge, and has a travelling range of 500 kilometres.


    Eve has posted a top speed of 132kph and in July, the team smashed a 26-year-old world record for solar cars, averaging over 100kph for a 500km journey on one battery charge.

    "Everywhere we go people look at the car, they want to get in it, they want to drive it," Sunswift's business manager Rob Ireland said.

    "It's a real crowd pleaser. We wanted a car that you could drive to work that people would stare at in the street and think 'that's really cool'."

    UNSW has run the Sunswift program since 1996 to compete every two years in the World Solar Challenge.

    Mr Ireland said some of the innovations from the Sunswift have been adopted by the automotive industry, like the solar panels on a Nissan Leaf, which power its electronics system.

    Glowing success in a 'weak' sector

    Despite the promise of projects like Sunswift, the future for engineering graduates in Australia is clouded.

    "At the moment the sector is a little bit weak," Bob Sharon, chief executive of Green Global Solutions, said.

    Mr Sharon's firm sponsors several UNSW undergraduates and brought the Sunswift to the All-Energy trade fair in Melbourne.

    "But I believe we're building a platform for the future that will make it much stronger."

    The Federal Government on Tuesday unveiled a $400 million plan to foster industry investment and innovation, but Mr Sharon said the Government needed to do more.

    "Overall, Tony Abbott has done a pretty good job. But in the area of renewable power, in the area of this industry, I think he's got a lot of catching up to do," he said.

    Mr Ireland knows the 40 hours each week that he and other team members spend on the Sunswift will hurt their university marks, but he said what they learn from the project cannot be taught in the classroom.

    "What a lot of employers are recognising is that when you are part of projects like Sunswift, you learn a lot more than just a degree," he said.

    "You interact a lot with industry, you apply what you learn in your degree in a real fashion, you're building real things," he said.

    The next challenge for the team is to make the Sunswift roadworthy.

    While that will entail a complete redesign of the car, you get the feeling it will be little more than a bump in the road for this team of rising engineering stars.


    Watch the full report on The Business tonight at 8:30pm (AEDT) on ABC News 24 and 11:00pm on ABC.


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-1...vation/5816508
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    I don't know about Middle Eastern countries but apparently the United States might be jumping into the oil export market big time which will surely change dynamics of the world's energy markets. I don't see alternative sources taking over at least for the next quarter century.
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    If USYD had the funding they'd be on the roads already*. Poor form, UNSW, you absolute hacks




    *Not really; our engineering department is regarded as pretty rubbish so UNSW is a far safer bet. But don't let facts get in the way of a cross-town rivalry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    I don't know about Middle Eastern countries but apparently the United States might be jumping into the oil export market big time which will surely change dynamics of the world's energy markets. I don't see alternative sources taking over at least for the next quarter century.
    Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

    And, no, it's not that idiotic cold fusion stuff.
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    lol, you shouldn't have mentioned cold fusion. There have been some terrible movies made on that.

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    Lockheed shares fell 0.6 percent to $175.02 amid a broad market selloff.
    The last line of that article took the cake really

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    How terrible (meaning I haven't seen or heard of any)?

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    This was one that I remembered

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quaggas View Post
    Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

    And, no, it's not that idiotic cold fusion stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Quaggas View Post
    Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

    And, no, it's not that idiotic cold fusion stuff.
    Looking forward to New Zealand, especially the environmentally inclined, decrying it as evil nuclear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    If USYD had the funding they'd be on the roads already*. Poor form, UNSW, you absolute hacks
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    Facebook tells me that they're planning a snap rally against a racist poetry professor who has been appointed to look at the Australian curriculum.

    It's starting. Viva la revolución!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Looking forward to New Zealand, especially the environmentally inclined, decrying it as evil nuclear.
    Hopefully people will focus on this part of the article:

    It said future reactors could use a different fuel and eliminate radioactive waste completely.
    I suppose people will trot out the crazy argument there's a free source of energy that we are locked into orbiting for billions of years.
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