'Megalux' solar racing car takes to the streets of Sharjah - GulfToday

'Megalux' solar racing car takes to the streets of Sharjah


The Megalux car has plastic body and sandwich structure made of carbon fibre.

Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) made another emphatic move toward becoming a green transportation incubation hub and a testing centre for innovative technologies by bringing the Megalux, the acclaimed Hungarian solar racing car, to Sharjah for public display.

The car, with a unique design that resembles a catamaran, was assembled and installed at the SRTIP’s Sharjah Open Innovation Lab (SOILAB) by a team from Hungary’s John von Neumann University (JvNU) which has developed the solar vehicle.

Earlier, the JvNU team drove the car to the University City and made a halt at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), a partner of SRTIP. They were welcomed by AUS Chancellor Dr Susan Mumm.

Megalux-SharjahSolar Officials pose for a group photo during the ceremony in Sharjah.

The car was then ceremonially installed at SRTIP in the presence of officials from SRTIP, University City and American University of Sharjah (AUS). The car will be on display at SRTIP until the COP28 Conference which takes place in Dubai in November.

The Hungarian designed Megalux racing car receives energy from a six square metres solar panel surface. The one-wheel drive vehicle is equipped with dual-circuit hydraulic braking system. The weight of the extremely streamlined solar vehicle is just over 160 kilogrammes. The Megalux has plastic body and sandwich structure made of carbon fibre.

Hussein Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTIP, said, “At SRTIP, we are driven by a relentless thirst for green transportation solutions. After our ground-breaking agreement with Lightyear, we are proud to present the revolutionary Megalux solar car that has won wide recognition worldwide. We are all the more excited about it because the car is the result of university research, as SRTIP has strong collaboration with American University of Sharjah (AUS) and its students and faculty.”

“The electric vehicle and solar-powered vehicle industries are gaining increasing importance because of the need to reduce emissions and improve air quality to combat climate change. Recent statistics show that the electric vehicle industry is rapidly growing in the Middle East, with the number of electric vehicles on the road increasing by almost 50% in the last five years. SRTIP aims to be a frontrunner in this field,” Al Mahmoudi added.

The display of the Megalux at SRTIP represents the next step in the cooperation agreement signed in September 2022 between SRTIP and John von Neumann University Kecskemét (Hungary) that envisaged, among other things, joint development of the Megalux Solar Car.

The arrival of the Megalux in Sharjah will strengthen the partnership between John von Neumann University and the American University of Sharjah, with the goal of exploring collaboration on joint research and educational opportunities in hydrogen, laser technologies, solar vehicles, sustainability and green tech.

As part of the bilateral agreement, SRTIP will facilitate introducing John von Neumann University to companies, associations, and government entities to help in promotion of their projects and products in the region. The two sides plan to launch new projects on the basis of joint research and development, exchange of expertise and training for professionals and students in association with companies like Mercedes.

The move is in line with SRTIP’s vision to become an incubation hub for smart and green transportation.

In December last year, the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) is increasing the investment in 3D printing with the goal of promoting innovation in a number of sectors and industries, including the crucial manufacturing sector.

With the UAE becoming a global competitor in the field of 3D printing, Sharjah is steadily moving toward taking a frontline position in this field.

SRTI Park, as part of its ambition to be the hub for 3D printing technology, has built a unique structure on its premises using 3D- technology, which is one of the prominent technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution related to construction.

Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTIP, said: “3D printing is a priority area in our investment plan for 2023, because we see great potential for transforming the manufacturing sector through this technology. Integrating 3D printing into production processes reduces costs and eases logistical challenges related to shipping and product scarcity as the required parts can be printed immediately. It also provides unlimited freedom in designing any piece or geometric shape, and allows it to be produced with various materials such as metal powders, plastics, ceramics, and others.”


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