Enel Green Power takes part in the Carrera Solar in Chile as sponsor of Emilia 3, the car designed and developed by the University of Bologna as part of the Onda Solare project. The race, taking place from April 21 to 26, is the only competition in Latin America for solar-powered cars
A solar car to race along Chile’s roads between the pampa and the desert. Enel Green Power takes part in the Carrera Solar, the only competition in Latin America for solar-powered cars, by sponsoring Emilia 3, a vehicle designed and developed by the University of Bologna (Italy) as part of the Onda Solare project.
La Carrera Solar, to be held from April 21 to 26 , involves a total of 2300 km to be raced in different tracts crossing the regions of Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Atacama. The competition is divided into two categories: Hybrid and Evolution. The Onda Solare team will take part in the second category, dedicated to cars that are fully powered by solar panels embedded in their body. On April 13 each team will officially present its vehicle at the Palacio de la Moneda, in Santiago, Chile.
The Onda Solare project is a research and development initiative conceived by the University of Bologna, aimed at showing how solar power can be a viable alternative to conventional fuels. The idea behind the project is that, by adopting specific design and construction techniques, solar power can be turned into the most important energy source for urban and extra-urban mobility, contributing to the fight against city pollution and global warming
Emilia 3, the car that will race in the Carrera Solar, is the latest vehicle created as part of the Onda Solare project, which over the last decade has built successful cutting-edge prototypes for electric mobility and which has the glorious motor racing tradition of Emilia in its DNA.
Innovation, research and passion are the foundations of the project and of the various vehicles put on the road over the years. In 2005 the Onda Solare team built its first three-wheeled bicycle with assisted pedaling by means of an electric motor powered by solar panels. The vehicle was the only European team at the World Solar Cycle Challenge and managed to arrive in third place, thanks to the pedaling of cycling team entirely made up of women. The project built its first entirely solar car in 2007, a three-wheeled racing vehicle that led the creators on another adventure: cycling for 3,000 km in the Australian desert. Although this time they did not win, the race being monopolised by the industry’s international giants, the experience left them with the urge to aim even higher. And that's how in the heart of Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, in the area between Imola and Maranello, a completely different engine was created in 2014: one that is quiet and clean. Emilia 3 was born.