After the success of the three editions of the Morocco Solar Race Challenge, known as the first solar race in Africa, the Institute for Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) is pleased to announce the fourth edition of this competition. Organized aside COP22, it connected the towns of BenGuerir and Marrakech on a round trip of 150 km on Sunday November 13th, 2016.
Solar powered, designed, developed and manufactured vehicles by Moroccan students and their foreign counterparts, will compete thanks to solar energy without using a single drop of fuel. Every year, this race brings together schools, universities and research institutions from all over the world. This year fifteen candidates had participate including ten Moroccan teams and five foreign teams. The growing number of Moroccan teams as well as their rise on the technical and conceptual level is a great source of pride.
This event labeled COP22 makes sense because it allows students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice while respecting the environment.
The Morocco Solar Race Challenge has also an objective to inform and raise public awareness through several educational and pedagogical activities. More than 200 schools had take part in various educational workshops related to important topics around environment, climate change and renewable energies. The start of the race took place at 12:00, in the town of BenGuerir. A wide program was proposed at BenGuerir for an audience of all ages: educational workshops, playgrounds, animations and exhibitions of prototypes and inventions in the solar field starting 11.30am. The award ceremony was scheduled at 5pm in the main square of BenGuerir, with the presence of several honorific guests, such as champion Mehdi BENNANI, who supports this initiative dedicated to young people and this car race respecting the environment.
Moroccan teams had the opportunity this year to prepare for the next year race which will be held on a distance 7 times distance. The journey will go from 150 kilometers to 500 kilometers on several stages and will take an international scale with the participation of several major international teams.