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Palestinian solar car hits Hebron streets
Published Friday 02/07/2010 (updated) 03/07/2010 10:41
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Hebron – Ma’an – As the world searches for alternative energy sources, a team from a Hebron university built a single-passenger car that runs on solar power.

Engineering students from the Palestine Polytechnic University made the 3.7-by-1.7-meter vehicle as a graduation project. The car uses hundreds of photovoltaic solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity, which is then stored in batteries.

The vehicle uses 12 batteries, totaling 24 volts, which power the car for three to five hours. Running at its maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour, the batteries power the car for 100 minutes. The batteries are rechargeable, so electricity from home can be used in the winter.

Dr Zuhdi Salhab, who supervised the project, said sourcing the material to create the alternative energy presented an obstacle, but he praised the students’ creativity. Given the chance, Salhab said, Palestinian students could come up with more “great projects that stimulate global development.”
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1 ) Hisham Ihshaish / Spain-Barcelona
02/07/2010 12:38
?a team from a Hebron university?. This is not true, no? It was developed in PPU (Palestine Polytechnic University) not in Hebron University, meanwhile, both universities are in Hebron city!

2 ) Hisham Ihshaish / Spain
02/07/2010 15:42
It is ok, from A Hebron University, sorry for the first comment!

3 ) Robin / USA
02/07/2010 19:27
Palestinian universities are characterized by the progress and efficiency of the process. I am seriously thinking to attend the University of Birzeit.

4 ) Robert Haymond / Canada/Israel
02/07/2010 19:33
This is wonderful news. As Palestinians do more to help themselves and to achieve and produce as opposed to expecting handouts, they will win the respect of the international community. More to the point, their own self-respect will significantly rise.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
02/07/2010 22:51
#4 Robert Haymond. It is indeed wonderful news. It is also wonderful to see the Palestinian collective will to survive the cruel colonialist agenda against them that endeavours to keep Palestinians eating out of the hand that rules them (USrael) instead of allowing a Palestinian state to flourish. Israel is not economically self sufficient. When will Israel stop expecting hand outs from American taxpayers and other special benefits... living outside of international law?

6 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
03/07/2010 06:17
The Israeli economy is thriving, Maureen. On the Nasdaq Venture Exchange, next to American firms, the next highest in number is Israel. This is extraordinarily impressive given the insignificant Israeli population. That means that Israeli start-ups are in abundance. It's similar to Israel itself. You'd be amazed if you spent some time as a visiting tourist. The problem for you is that your mind is so made up, you refuse to acknowledge the objective reality. Congratulations again to Pal.

7 ) Maureen / Australia
04/07/2010 23:39
#6 Robert Haymond. USrael's weapons industry (helping to spread death and destruction through out the world) is the back bone of Israel's economy... weapons used in wars Israel has to have... USrael gas and oil exploitation.

8 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
06/07/2010 06:42
Your usual ignorance is showing, Maureen. Israel is at the leading edge in environmental science and engineering, computer and telecommunications technology. As I wrote, you can check this out for yourself under the U,S, Venture Exchange. You won't. You prefer your crystallized MMU (mind made up). I'm writing this for the benefit of the many Readers who do not comment, not for you as it's useless.

9 ) Maureen / Australia
06/07/2010 14:44
#8 Robert Haymond. No you are not. You are writing for your Israeli hasbara council. ; )

10 ) John / USA
19/07/2010 20:55
Maureen, could you be more specific? What part of the Israeli economy are weapon-industry exports? How much of the Israeli budget comes from US support? As far as I know, the latter constitutes less than 2%, which they have to spend in the US anyway.

11 ) Maureen / Australia
21/07/2010 00:23
#John, Israeli arms exports ballooned in 2009 to US$760 million, destined to myriad countries (information from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI). From 2000 onwards Israel sold weaponry to Sri Lanka in facilitating the latter’s successful obliteration of the Tamil separation movement. Israeli weapons to Turkey 2009 $320 million. Please Read: Antony Lowenstein. http://antonyloewenstein.com/2010/07/01/exclusive-article-israel’s-economic-susceptibility-to-the-bds

12 ) Maureen / Australia
21/07/2010 00:35
#John. More on Israel's weapon economy. Israel's budding defense relationship with India continues to expand. In 2004, New Delhi became the Israeli defense industry's largest customer, accounting for nearly half the country's $3.6 billion in arms exports, its second-best year ever. Bloomberg Businessweek. 7 March 2005 http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_10/b3923097_mz015.htm

13 ) Maureen / Australia
21/07/2010 12:56
# Hi John. "How much of the Israeli budget comes from US support?" You may care to read: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs November 2008: A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion. by Shirl McArthur. http://wrmea.com/archives/November_2008/0811010.html
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