Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge Day 3

The route for day 3 of the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge begins again at the Shams concentrating solar power station (photo below by solarracing.org), runs through historically important Liwa to the town of Ghayathi, and then returns to the power station. Racing on day 3 started early, at 8:00 AM local time.

The Shams power station is a 100 MW parabolic-trough solar facility, although it relies on a gas-operated booster heater to increase steam temperature from 380°C to 540°C. Even just with Google Earth, it looks quite impressive. Being subject to dust storms in its desert location, keeping the facility’s parabolic mirrors clean and shiny requires trucks with robotic scrubbing arms.

Live tracking (3D version here) allows fans from across the world to follow the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, which involves 15 teams, who finished the second day in this official order (official timings for the first two days shown in grey):

1: PI Solar Car Team (Twitter, Facebook) – 1st, 8:35:11
8: Punch Powertrain Solar Team (Twitter, Facebook, blog) – 2nd, 8:38:41
2: University of Michigan Quantum (Twitter, Facebook) – 3rd, 8:39:26
30: Team Arrow (Twitter, Facebook) – 4th, 8:59:02
34: Istanbul SOCRAT (Twitter, Facebook) – 5th, 9:04:03
32: Principia Solar Car Team (Twitter, Facebook) – 6th, 9:48:13
55: Hiroshima Institute of Technology – 7th, 10:39:19
95: Apollo Solar Car Team (Facebook) – 8th, 11:19:32
9: Team Onda Solare (Twitter) – 9th, 11:35:33
75: Tokai University Solar Car Team (Twitter, Facebook) – 10th, 11:55:29
15: ZHAW Solar Energy Racers (Twitter, Facebook) – 11th, 12:59:27
256: Oregon State University (Twitter, Facebook) – 12th, 13:30:05
17: Illinois State University (Facebook) – 13th, 21:01:48
29: Eco Solar Breizh (Twitter, Facebook) – 14th, 23:55:42
90: Team Okinawa Solar Car Project (Twitter, Facebook) – 15th, 31:49:48

As the map above shows, the current sequence of cars is 1, 2, 34, 8, 32, 55, 30, 75, 9, 95, 15, 29, 17, and 90, with 256 apparently getting a late start (the map also shows the dunes of the famous Rubʿ al-Khali to the south). Only minutes separate the lead cars, so today promises to be a real nail-biter.

Update #1: at 9:30 the sequence of cars was 1, 34, 8, 2, 55, 32, 30, 75, 95, 9, 15, 29, 17, 256, and 90.

Update #2: at 10:15 the sequence of cars was 34, 2, 1, 8, 55, 75, 32, 30, 95, 9, 15, 17, 90, 29, and 256, but with a continuing battle for 1st place. See the map below:

Update #3: at 11:10, on the way back to the start, the sequence of lead cars was 2, 1, 34, 8, 75, 30, 55. The clouds today seem to have made an impact.

Update #4: at 11:30, the sequence was 2, 1, 34, 8, 75, 55, 30, 32, 95, 9, 15, 17, 29, 256, and 90 – with a real battle going on among 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Update #5: the order of the first ten cars across the finish line was 2, 1, 34, 75, 8, 30, 95, 55, 9, 32.

Update #6: based on times for all three days, my estimated final order for the top ten is 2, 1, 8, 34, 30, 32, 55, 75, 95, 9. That may vary with penalties and protests from today.

Here are the cars that came first and second (photo by PI Solar Car team):

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