Hong Kong Science Museum to display locally developed solar car SOPHIE IV

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      A new exhibition entitled "SOPHIE - IVE's Solar Cars Driving the Future" will be held from tomorrow (March 13) until September 12 at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The exhibition will display the solar car SOPHIE IV, which was locally developed by a group of teachers and students from the Engineering Discipline of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC).

     An opening ceremony was held today (March 12). Speaking at the ceremony, the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Michelle Li, said that the SOPHIE project is of great significance as it not only puts STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education into practice, but also contributes to achieving the vision of the Government to improve transportation efficiency through innovation and technology.

She expressed the hope that the exhibition can stimulate the interest of young people in innovation and technology and inspire them to take up a career in the industry for developing Hong Kong as a smart city.

     Since 2009, engineering teachers and students at the IVE have been developing a series of solar cars named SOPHIE in Hong Kong. Their aim is to develop a greener vehicle that can convert renewable solar energy into electricity more efficiently.

     After years of research and improvement in SOPHIE's overall performance, the team and its fourth-generation solar car, SOPHIE IV, participated in the World Solar Challenge in 2013 for the first time and completed the 3 000-kilometre race from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia to Adelaide in South Australia in fourth place in the GoPro Adventure Class. In 2015, SOPHIE IV became the first solar car to be driven on a highway in Hong Kong.

     Through video programmes, the display of physical parts of the cars and interactive exhibits, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the car body design and introduce how various technologies are applied in solar cars.

Members of the public are advised to grab the opportunity to visit the exhibition and learn about the research and development outcomes in Hong Kong.

     To tie in with the exhibition, the new sixth-generation solar car SOPHIE VI is now on display at the Hong Kong Science Museum until March 14.

     Other officiating guests at the ceremony included the VTC Executive Director, Mrs Carrie Yau; the VTC Deputy Executive Director, Dr Eric Liu; and the Museum Director of the Hong Kong Science Museum, Ms Paulina Chan.

     The exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the IVE, and jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the IVE. For details, please visit http://hk.science.museum/ms/sophie2018">hk.science.museum/ms/sophie2018 or call 2732 3232.

Published on: 2018-03-12

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