Trustworthy Systems

Hard- and software framework for the optimisation of Sunswift-II


David C. Snowdon

    School of Computer Science and Engineering
    Sydney 2052, Australia


Sunswift II is the UNSW entrant in the World Solar Challenge, a solar car race that runs from Darwin to Adelaide. It is a complex amalgamation of mechanical and electrical systems where reliability and efficiency are of the utmost importance.

This thesis outlines the design and development of an integrated telemetry and control system for Sunswift II which provides significantly improved reliability, expandability and flexibility compared with the ad-hoc, limited system previously implemented. As part of this development, the car's maximum power point trackers are examined, and the software redesigned in order to solve many issues that were evident during a previous event — a significant reliability improvement is observed.

BibTeX Entry

    address          = {Sydney, Australia},
    author           = {David C. Snowdon},
    month            = nov,
    note             = {Available from publications page at \url{}},
    paperUrl         = {},
    school           = {School of Computer Science and Engineering},
    title            = {Hard- and Software Framework for the Optimisation of {Sunswift-II}},
    year             = {2002}