Oerlikon Solar, the producer of production plants for the manufacture of thin film silicon solar modules, becomes the main sponsor of the Swiss team “Oerlikon Solar Racing Team” in a race around the world dedicated to clean vehicles.

The Zerotracer futuristic and aerodynamic shape is both a motorcycle and a car. Its ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h rivals that of the fastest vehicles in the world and can accommodate two people. For an average speed of 80 km/h, the Zerotracer needs an energy of 4 kW, with which he reached a distance of 450 kilometers. The body weighs less than 80 kg and consists of a composite structure, Kevlar, also used in Formula 1.

It is Louis Palmer, the first man to have circumnavigated the world in a vehicle powered by solar energy, which had the idea of this race. Through the Zero Emission Race Palmer wishes, under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), to exploit the attention raises the global event to introduce mobility solutions without exhaust.

The Zerotracer with Oerlikon Solar Racing Team, also placed under the patronage of Cleantech Switzerland is a solution that goes in that direction. It was developed by a team of four young engineers and designers who are designing such vehicles are working to develop new concepts for mobility of tomorrow. Oerlikon Solar and this team of four people was a pioneering work: one in the field of solar technology obtained through a thin layer of silicon, non-toxic and environmentally sustainable and other vehicles in the field of future without CO2 emissions.

“Oerlikon Solar’s goal is to make solar power economical,” advance Jürg Henz, CEO of Oerlikon Solar “and our commitment to the Zero Emission Race allows us to carry this message all over the world. As the main sponsor of the Swiss team, Oerlikon Solar is working to produce solar energy, which will require the team to the “supply” of Zerotracer, or about 2400 kWh for 30,000 km around the world.

The start of the race will be held August 16, 2010 in Geneva, at UN Headquarters marking the start of the 80 day race leave to the east, across 16 countries and 150 cities as Berlin, Munich, Moscow, Shanghai, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Cancun (World climate Conference), Lisbon and Madrid, and will end January 22, 2011 also in Geneva.

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