CyI’s annual Solar Vehicle challenge, organized for the 9th year in a row, took place on Sunday, June 24th in the heart of the capital. The event, co-organized with the Nicosia Municipality, involved ten vehicles from various teams around the country that were powered solely by solar energy and offered a spectacular show to those who attended.
Winner of the race was the Avgorou Regional Technical and Agricultural School with the Hyperion 3 vehicle. Second place went to Club RA with the Little Sunny vehicle, while third place was also by a team from the Avgorou Regional Technical and Agricultural School, with the vehicle Hyperion 2. The best design award was won by Hermes, the team of the St. Lazarus Larnaca Technical School. Honorary awards were also given to the Paralimni Technical School team which competed with the Quantum Leap Solar Vehicle, the Greek Pascal and Pascal English School with Solevo 7, and Sunracers from Nicosia and Limassol Climbing Club, which competed with the Sunracers and LCC vehicles.
The awards ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Nicosia City Hall and the awards were presented by the President of the Friends of the Cyprus Institute Association Dr. Petros Kareklas, Nicosia Municipal Councilor, Chrysanthos Fakas, and the spokesman of the Environment Commissioner, Kyriakos Shiakallis.
The Solar Vehicle Race once again confirms that The Cyprus Institute, a regional center of excellence, continues its leading role in research and post-graduate education in the fields of renewable energy and the environment, with the overall aim to promote Cyprus’ competitiveness and to create future prospects in the field.
Sponsors of the event were: Medochemie, RCB Bank, KAPODISTRIAS Spare Parts, National Insurance (Cyprus) Ltd, KPMG. The event was also supported by the Public Works Department, Nicosia Traffic Police, EAC, Farmakas Spring Water and Facetime Bakery Cafe. Media sponsors were Kathimerini and Love FM.