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Contact: John A. Dell'Osso, 415-464-5136
Point Reyes Station, CA — On Saturday, October 29, members of UC Berkeley's CalSol program will be outside of the Bear Valley Visitor Center at Point Reyes National Seashore with their solar vehicle, Zephyr, for public display from 10 am to 3 pm.
CalSol, the UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team, is a student group chartered by the Associated Students of the University of California, a non-profit organization representing the students of the highest-ranked public university in the nation. CalSol aspires to design, build, test, and race fully solar-powered vehicles at an international level. Composed of over fifty undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines, CalSol provides students with hands-on experience in the fields of real world engineering and business development. Through participating in solar races and alternative energy events, the team aimed to raise awareness of renewable energy while focusing on the engineering challenges inherent in solar-powered electric vehicle technology. The team is composed of a broad range of students, with majors including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Industrial Engineering, Math, Public Health and Business.
At Point Reyes National Seashore, photovoltaic systems have been installed at various locations throughout the park and generate approximately 48,000 kilowatt hours annually and offset electrical power used by park operations and visitor services in areas of the park. The park has reduced its total annual electrical consumption from fossil fuels by nearly 50% over the past several years.