DutchSA initiated a Dutch event at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and co-organised this with the South Australian Tourism Commission, The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Team, The Government of South Australia, the City of Adelaide and The Consulate of The Netherlands in Sydney.
The focus of the event was fast tracking the renewable industry and all in attendance, not in the least the chief executive officer of SA Power Networks and the Minister for Energy and Mining, are fully aligned with this mission.
On 13 October solar power set a stunning new milestone in the renewable state of South Australia, reaching 80 per cent of total demand and accounting for more than 70 per cent of demand over four hours in the middle of the day.
The Hon. Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Horst Pellekaan MP
Panel with Rob Stobbe (speaking), CEO of SA Power Networks
Chris Selwood (moderator), Director Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
Jay Manley, Manager Mechanical Design Engineering Tesla
Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Horst Pellekaan.
Presentations by Team Captain Top Dutch Groningen (winner of the Engineering Award) and Dr. Lex Hoefsloot, Founder and CEO of Lightyear electrical car company and previous winner of the World Solar Challenge (under the watchful eye of SA Power Networks CEO, Rob Stobbe and Hon. Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Horst Pellekaan MP.
Closing words by the Consul-General of The Kingdom of The Netherlands for Australia, Frank van Beuningen.
Design lead of Stella Era (Team Eindhoven) showing off the 4 time winner of the World Solar Challenge Cruiser Class Competition.
Team Eindhoven also won the Smart Grid Pitching competition. Their car has 8 radars to allow itself to find a spot in the sun to recharge its internal battery using its 5 square meter (!) of roof top solar panels and act as a mobile charging station for EV cars running out of power without a fixed charging station in sight!
Town Hall Reception by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge organisation and the winning team in the Challenger Class (Team Agora, from Belgium) .
On the right, your reporter: Edwin Roman, Vice President Netherlands-Australian Chamber of Commerce in SA (DutchSA), with Stephen Patterson MP, member for Morphett and Franz Knoll, Area Councillor City of Adelaide.
We couldn't have wished for a better start: the first DutchSA Business event was a great success. Around 80 Business contacts attended the Renewable Energy Function, marking the finish of the World Solar Challenge. Although the Dutch Nuon team did not win this time, we heard first hand from their team leaders what a heroic battle they fought to become second. Their team mentor, former space shuttle astronaut Wubbo Okkels, gave us an inspiring view of the future of sustainable energy. Believe it or not, but in ten years time we will all have a solar panel on our roof. And solar charged cars are almost a certainty!
We organise Business and Social events to connect Dutchies and South Australia