Solar energy powers technological excellence at UJ


The University of Johannesburg Energy Movement is a programme promoting research, education and industry participation on alternative energy issues at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at UJ in collaboration with the Resolution Circle has put together a unique and innovative alternative energy programme to promote the development of the green economy in Africa.

The UJ Solar Project promotes the study of alternative energy, energy management and sustainable engineering design through the bi-yearly conceptualization and construction of their solar and alternative energy powered vehicles.  Ilanga was conceptualized in 2011 by a group of final year B.Eng students at UJ. Their passion and commitment to the project saw the dream become a reality – Ilanga I was introduced to the world when she participated in her first solar race during the 2012 Sasol Solar Challenge. This project has expanded to date to include input and collaboration between undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Engineering Science, Industrial Design, and Marketing Departments.

The UJ Solar Car Project functions as an educational tool developing young engineering graduates from all disciplines, by equipping them with the necessary skills and attributes to deal with real-world engineering challenges. It also serves as a research platform aimed at developing innovative and sustainable energy solutions that promote the international movement towards a green tomorrow.

This project also acts as a podium to promote Engineering and the Faculty to schools, students, researchers and industry. This enables the creation of mutually beneficial environment where industry partners can interact with FEBE and students from UJ.


“We aim to promote STEM and alternative energy solutions, to drive technical revolution”