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Bud Plastic Electronic Enclosures Speed Protection to Solar Race Car

Published on: April 4, 2019 by Blair Haas

Bud Industries Electronic Enclosures have many applications, but one of which we are quite proud is our association with Calsol, the UC Berkley solar vehicle team. Calsol is made up of students from a variety of disciplines who develop Formula Solar Vehicles for racing. This is an ongoing program which is currently working on their 9th generation vehicle.

The students do more than engineer the cars, but also are involved with business planning, marketing, and project management. The 8th Generation car, the Zephyr, was a resounding success winning the Formula Sun Grand Prix in 2017 and coming in second in 2018!  What does this have to do with Bud electronic enclosures?  We have provided product for both the Zephyr and the upcoming Tachyon.

The PN series box is ideal for any outdoor or protection of key components that are used outdoors.
The Zephyr Car also used Bud PN series IP65, NEMA 4x plastic boxes to house and keep safe various boards and components

Bud Boxes Are a Practical Solution In Its Design

Bud Industries PN series IP65 NEMA 4x Plastic enclosure is used to protect the components in this Big Power Box used in CalSol’s Solar Powered Formula Race car.

They have been using our PN series NEMA/IP65 enclosures with clear lids on various parts of the vehicle.  First, it encloses their maximum power point tracker.   This connects each of the four sub-arrays on their car to optimize the amount of power they get from the sun.

Benefits of the PN Series Enclosures

It is much smaller and lighter than any off-the-shelf components they can by so they were pleased with the light weight of the PN series and also the strength of its polycarbonate material and the ability to see through the clear cover to avoid drilling excess holes. Their goal is to organize and weather and dust proof their circuit boards and electrical systems.

Other products include the enclosure for the board that controls the pedals and also to provide protection for their battery.  Bud Industries provides enclosures for many other company’s involved in the solar energy field from boxes that control the distribution of excess energy to enclosures for monitoring loads.

For all of your hazardous and non-hazardous applications, Bud has the enclosure that will help protect your equipment in a fast and cost-effective manner.

Contact us for information on the PN series and our many other product families or to obtain a quotation on having Bud provide our fast modification service!

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