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Kids Are Making Our Green Future Shine

Tired of hearing about hydrogen cars yet?

No? – Good – cause here’s another one for you!

n20708193453_1202306_3896A team of 40 students at Sakarya University, Turkey, have built an astounding hydrogen car. All 40 are members of the Advanced Technologies Implementation Group (SAITEM) at the university, comprised mostly of students who do the technical and mechanical work. This hydrogen fuel powered vehicle they call SAHIMO, is capable of an incredible 1,412 MPG (568 kilometers per liter). Constructed of 90% carbon-fiber this little aerodynamic vehicle weighs in at less than 243 pounds (110 kilograms). Not sure if that is fully fueled or not, nor the size of the fuel tank. But with that kind of mileage, you wouldn’t need more than a 2 gallon tank max and fully fueled would be not much over 16 pounds (7.26 kilograms).

n20708193453_1210898_209SAHIMO has already participated in an eco-marathon, the 2009 European Shell Eco Marathon and took a very commendable third place. But, these kids are not setting back on their laurels. The students are working to improve SAHİMO’s performance, equipping it to reach a full 1,000 kilometers/per 1 liter, (around 2,485 Miles Per Gallon) !! That is absolutely incredible!

n20708193453_1063470_1339The students are striving for this milestone before participating in the first ever Global Green Challenge in October. A grueling trek across 1,864 miles (3,000 km), of the the Australian outback from Darwin to Adelaide, the Global Green Challenge is organized by the same organization responsible for the World Solar Challenge, (which introduced us to some very notable solar powered cars such as the University of Michigan’s Infinitum). In it’s debut, the 2009 Global Green Challenge will host approximately twenty electric, hybrid, alternative fuel and low emission production and prototype vehicles.

The cost of development for the SAHİMO was around $170,000. The team is looking for additional sponsorship to make the necessary improvements to achieve their goals. No doubt they will get sponsors, I know if I was some Ms. Got Rocks CEO, of a mega bucks corporation the sky would be the limit on funding these kids!

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11 Responses to “Kids Are Making Our Green Future Shine”

  1. Says:

    Kids Are Making Our Green Future Shine | Forced Green…

    A team of 40 students at Sakarya University, Turkey, have built an astounding hydrogen car….

  2. Barbara Says:

    That is awesome! It’s so,lite weight. There are people who weigh more than the car does! It looks like it may be a two-seater?
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Relax With Barbara On Wednesday 46 =-.

  3. plin Says:

    This is really impressive considering all the talks right now regarding electric cars and how they will drastically impressive the overall performance and carbon footprint.

    This hydrogen car completely blow away all the electric cars. Now if they can figure out a way to produce the require parts at a more affordable price.
    .-= plin´s last blog ..Play NES games with virtualnes =-.

  4. Dave Says:

    Students will provide the future creativity we need to eliminate the problems with petroleum. As a former school board member, I have continued my involvement with helping my former school district develop a renewable energy curriculum for grades K-12.

    We’ve applied for a grant to fund a working solar system which includes renewable energy curriculum.

    My blog, is a place where I am collecting educational aspects of renewable energy and expect to have a good resource available for students in the fall.

    Best regards,

    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Energy Corridors Still Evolving =-.

  5. Shane Says:

    Very cool. Go Turkey. I have to tweet this.
    .-= Shane´s last blog ..Resveratrol – What You Need to Know about this Piece of the Anti-Aging Puzzle =-.

  6. Jason Says:

    This is a great site that you have here. I can’t believe I haven’t spotted it out before! I was wondering if we could exchange links. Check out my site and let me know what you think.

    .-= Jason´s last blog ..Inspirational Quotes =-.

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