The Handbury Fellowship enabled a Western District team to participate in the 2007 World Solar Challenge.
The team included six students from Western district schools who formed the strategy team responsible for monitoring the energy usage of the car throughout the event.
The aims of the project included:
- advancing the knowledge of practical applications of solar energy and related technology in the Western district of Victoria through the development and operation of the Southern Aurora solar car;
- increasing operating efficiency and reliability of the existing solar car by updating various mechanical, structural and electrical components; and
- involving community members/students in the World Solar Challenge and in the compilation of a completion report.
The outcomes included learnings for both the young people and the Fellowship recipient in working with each other and using new forms of energy to provide mobility; building a community network; learnings about using new forms of energy to provide mobility; and an interest to continue research into questions of sustainability and new designs of vehicles.
This Fellowship was awarded to Robert Cadden.