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JSAE2009 – Day 1.4 I am a race car, get me out of here!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

A race car in a box is not of much use, is it? The team members could hardly wait to take the car out of the wooden cargo cage so she could breathe the foreign air and bathe in the Japanese sun for the first time. We spent the rest of the day setting up the car and inspecting damages sustained during the sea voyage. Luckily there was nothing to worry about. We were primed and roaring to go.

Wind powered island

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Had a chance to visit the wind farm on Koh Larn the other day with members from the Dept. of Industrial Promotion. For those not familiar with Thailand geography, Koh Larn is an island about 30-minute by boat from the city of Pattaya.

Seriously, I was working. Not on holidays as some might think.

Anyways. Back to work. Here we are on the hills just behind Sa-mae beach (on the South-West part of the island) where the wind is blowing pretty constantly. At least that’s what we felt while standing there. A bunch of small scale low-speed wind turbines cover the side of the hills. Each 4m diameter unit is capable of churning out 4.5kW. Quite an impressive sight.

Unfortunately, precise technical electricity production details are not available. For more information, please read this article. So that is it. We are now heading back to the beach to munch some seafood. Guess what. Another little wind turbine.

After all, good day at work isn’t it.