Two engineering students at Al-Azhar University in Gaza have designed and built a solar power car to combat fuel shortages plaguing Palestinians.
Students Khaled Bardawil and Jamal al-Meqati came up with the idea after they realized how difficult commutes can be in the face of fuel shortages. The Gaza strip receives only half of its electrical demand, which leads to long hours of blackout during the day. Thus, the solar power car is the perfect solution.
“We decided to depend on a power that God gave us, which is renewable, alternative and clean energy. So we decided to make a solar vehicle,” explained Bardawil.
Although it moves at only 30 km per hour, for now it serves the purpose, and the students hope that with time, they will come up with a method of increasing the speed.
Currently, the two students have developed a prototype of the vehicle and are waiting for a sponsor in order to kick off mass production.
“The DC (direct current electricity) motors are not available in our city (Gaza) and unfortunately no body knows how to make them in the city, nobody knows how to create them. So we had to bring a motor and make a lot of changes to it, and these changes were not easy to make,” said Meqati.
The project is the first of its kind in the Gaza strip, and is expected to become popular among residents given the power shortage.