At ACCIONA Energía, we know all about dedication to the development of great renewable energy infrastructure contributing to decarbonizing the world. Our work extends far beyond wind farms or photovoltaic plants. We also support projects that prove you can do many things with a sustainable mindset. The company invests in projects with immense transformative potential on a technological and, above all, human level. We are talking about ASCEND, an acronym for the Acciona Solar Car ENgineered by Deakin, the fruit of our alliance with Australia‘s Deakin University, who is in the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide.
ASCEND is a car powered entirely by solar energy that has represented a unique opportunity to inspire the spirit of innovation and sustainability in a new generation of engineers. Over1,000 students have contributed their knowledge of aerodynamics, electromechanics, 3D printing and computation to create a vehicle to make history.
The short-term goal of ASCEND, however, is to achieve its own statistic: the 3,000 kilometers of the 2023 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge held in the Australian outback, a prestigious scientific and sporting event where solar vehicles race across the desert from Darwin to Adelaide. These 3,000 kilometers represent much more than the distance of a race: they are a commitment to renewable energies, sustainable mobility and the planet’s future.
Below we explain how the project came about, who is behind it and how we engineered a vehicle to open the way to a new form of living and traveling.