A Solar Race and Beyond
What does a team of college students racing solar cars in the Australian desert have to do with expanded solar power to the US electrical grid? Quite a bit it turns out.
As students from around the world prepare to race solar cars across the Australian Outback in the 1800 mile, 7-day World Solar Challenge that starts on Oct 18, a partnership between the University of Michigan team and IBM might well lead to more than just a place on the podium. IBM will be providing real time data predictions – drawn from over 10 years of cumulated weather data for actual temperature, cloud, and sun cover for specific locations - that will let the Michigan team make calculated decisions on how best to race their car, the Aurum.