SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a global solar energy and technology provider, today announced that nine of 12 university teams will race in the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) with solar vehicles powered by SunPower's high efficiency, high reliability Maxeon® solar cells.
The SunPower® all-back contact solar cells collect and convert more sunlight into energy when compared to cells with contacts on the front. This all-back contact allows SunPower cells to generate maximum solar power when applied to limited surface areas found on some rooftops, as well as on the hoods of FSGP racecars.
"SunPower's solar technology continues to be the choice for innovative projects that blaze new trails for renewable energy solutions," said SunPower CEO Tom Werner. "SunPower cells fueling the Formula Sun Grand Prix cars, and the Solar Impulse airplane that recently journeyed above Texas, utilize the same solar technology that power residential rooftops, commercial applications and power plant installations around the globe."
Of 12 university teams that registered to compete in this year's FSGP, nine chose to build and race their solar vehicles with high efficiency SunPower Maxeon solar cells including:
- Illinois State University
- Iowa State University
- Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Northwestern University
- Oregon State University
- Principia College
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Waterloo
- Western Michigan University
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