Solar Vehicle for South Pole Exploration
This is a report on the feasibility study performed to find solar energy solution for Antarctic explorations. Antarctica is one of the world’s last frontiers characterized by extreme environmental conditions. Travel is expensive and difficult due to the high cost of fuel and vehicle maintenance. Given the right conditions, a solar vehicle could be a viable form of transport during the summer months. Based on the study of previous investigations shown in the articles , , and , we have conducted comprehensive research on the feasibility of the solar car project. A working prototype of the solar car was used for testing. We have conducted various measurements before the car departure to the South Pole.
KeywordsSolar Irradiance Carbon Capture Solar Power Maximum Power Point Tracker Battery Pack
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