Australia: Global Green Challenge 2009
Last Updated: 3 December 2009

The partners and staff at Shelston IP would like to congratulate all those involved in this year’s Global Green Challenge.

For those not familiar with this event, it is an internationally supported 3000km transcontinental race from Darwin to Adelaide that showcases the latest hybrid and alternative energy vehicles and which evolved from the pre-eminent World Solar Challenge. If you would like more details on the event, the categories, full results and its history, we recommend you visit the Global Green Challenge website at

Shelston IP has had a history of involvement with the World Solar Challenge. This was due initially to personal involvement with the Australian Aurora Vehicle Association team by one of the partners, Caroline Bommer, who has participated in this event and others, and later when the firm became involved as a Corporate team sponsor.

This year the winner of the World Solar Challenge class for solar only powered vehicles, was Tokai University from Japan who completed the race in four days using 29.49 hours of solar time and averaging at 100.54 kph. Second was the Nuon Solar team from the Netherlands (who had won the previous four races) and third was the University of Michigan Solar Car team from the USA.

There were a total of 8 teams from Australia, with the UNSW solar racing team doing really well coming in fourth. Aurora has competed in some guise in all ten World Solar Challenge events and this year had two entries. The first was Aurora 101 in the Challenge class that came in sixth and the second was the Southern Aurora in the Adventure class that came in second in that class. If you want to find out more about Aurora’s dramas and adventures this year their website is Interestingly, the concepts of the general aerodynamic vehicle body shape, three-wheel drive train and in-wheel motor, which are features now adopted by most of the leading teams, were all originally developed by, or with the assistance of, Aurora.

Importantly, with an event of this nature we need to celebrate not only the placing victories which are hard won, but the innovation, effort and enthusiasm that lie behind each and every entry, even those that don’t manage to finish. As Caroline recalls, it is a gruelling event in hot and harsh conditions, particularly for those in the non-production vehicles. She has vivid memories of driving a solar car slowly through check points where the temperature under the perspex viewing bubble often soared above 50 degrees centigrade! She also remembers mad dashes in the support vehicles to source components or equipment after unexpected vehicle failures and then working through the night to get the vehicle back in to the race the next day!

The event is inspiring and attracts pioneers at all levels, from corporations large and small already focused on providing solutions for a healthier planet, to individual or volunteer groups like Aurora who are passionate about developing and demonstrating how green technology can make a difference.

Shelston IP has a specialist team that focuses on green and clean technologies and we are proud to act for a large range of clients making a significant contribution in these fields.

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