DUEM at CarFest South

DUEM are delighted to announce that we will be attending this weekend’s CarFest South. Led by Chris Evans and his BBC Radio 2 team, the event combines cars, live music and family fun for a truly unforgettable weekend. The event raises money for BBC Children In Need. We are thrilled to be exhibiting here, in front of over 30,000 visitors a day!

We’d like to thank the organisers as well as our partners and sponsors for their vital and continued support. This will be a tremendous event for the whole team and we’d love to see you there from 24-26 August. Stay tuned across our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and our DriveTribe pages for more news and updates as we build up to yet another milestone event.

Looking ahead to Goodwood 2018

A major part of DUEM’s mission is to promote our project and sustainability across the world, educating the public about climate change in the process. One of our major annual events is the Goodwood Festival of Speed. DUEM have attended this twice previously – in 2016 and 2017 – and are delighted to announce that they will be returning to exhibit at this year’s event.

From 12-15th July over a quarter of a million people will attend this major event, to not only see the latest and greatest supercars, but areas like Formula 1, pre-war cars and much more. The highlight will be the daily hillclimb where all of these categories of vehicles, and more, will race up the famous Goodwood hill to set new records.

This is a tremendous opportunity for DUEM to promote our project and partners on the world stage and we are delighted to be returning for the third time to this historic event. Check out the YouTube video below which gives you an insight into the event in 2017. We are super excited to be attending this year and stay tuned across our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our solar car tribe on DriveTribe for all the latest updates from the team.

DUEM’s Formula E Experience

This year DUEM celebrates its 16th anniversary and continues their marketing push across Europe. The team presented at Cleantech Innovate 2018 in front of 400 investors at the historic Faraday Lecture Theatre in London’s Royal Institution back in March of this year. We saw incredible interest in the car, its technology and future platform opportunities.

One of the key aspects of our project is promoting our technology to a global audience and it is one of the key reasons for sponsors linking with us. No better opportunity exists than with Formula E, the world’s premier electric vehicle racing championship. DUEM are regular viewers and followers of the series given the clear links between our two competitions. The series has gone from strength to strength and provides an ideal opportunity to promote the project on the world stage.

To that end, DUEM have now attended 4 Formula E-Prix’s in historic locations across Europe. The team first exhibited in Rome, meeting key individuals, before taking our current generation solar car – DUSC – to the Paris round. The team saw incredible interest at the Paris E-Village, in front of tens of thousands of spectators and visitors from around the world. This continued at the Berlin round where the team promoted the project, this time in the Start-Up Zone within the old Tempelhof Airport. Most recently, the team travelled to the Zurich round – the first race held in Switzerland in over 60 years.

Check out our highlights reel here from the Rome, Paris and Berlin E-Prix’s:

And if you’re still interested, feel free to flick through some of our pictures from the experience:

The next season of Formula E will be a step change with a brand new car platform, combined with more teams and new drivers. The future is certainly electric and DUEM are very excited to be a part of this journey, working with Formula E to promote sustainable innovation to the masses. Stay tuned for yet more exciting news on the horizon; 2018 is far from over yet for DUEM!

DUEM at EcoFest

The DUEM team recently presented their current solar car, DUSC, at the local event EcoFest, hosted at St. John’s Church in Neville’s Cross, Durham on 10th June. The festival was marking its 10th anniversary and the theme of the day was energy. Despite the rainy weather attempting to spoil the day, the event was a huge success with hundreds of locals spanning all ages attending the event. The interest in the solar car was humbling and incredibly diverse, ranging from parents and grandparents who were interested in the science of the car, many of whom had heard about the solar car on local news channels, to children who couldn’t wait to hop inside the cockpit and feel what it’s like to drive the car. Having received positive feedback from the organisers about our attendance at the event, we will certainly be looking to return next year!

DUEM at STEMfest

After gratefully accepting the offer to participate in the all-girls STEMfest event, organised by Stanley Black and Decker, in partnership with Greenlight for Girls and held at UTC South Durham on 11th April, we were pleased to show off the car to the enthusiastic students who had actively chosen to attend the event. With many questions targeted specifically to solar power generation and the solar car itself, we happily shared our knowledge with the aim to encourage the 60 youngsters, aged between 11 and 15, to follow a STEM-based education. Feedback from the event proved that the event was hugely successful, and we look forward to participating in many future events. 

Check out this feature in the Northern Echo on this event.

DUEM a founding member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

Following our attendance of the  23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, here at DUEM we have kept things going. A large number of new team members have joined us and design and development of our next generation Solar Car is well under way.

As mentioned in previous blog entries, our participation at COP23 was marked by the signing of a major agreement – the establishment of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions. Inspired by André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard’s Solar Impulse, the solar-powered plane which made its way across the world, the alliance aims to select 1000 solutions that can protect the environment in a more ambitious and profitable way.  The World Alliance gathers the major players who are creating, supporting or promoting technology, projects and movements that have the potential to safeguard our planet. Crucially, however, all of these solutions are profitable in their own right.

We can now proudly say to be one of the alliance’s founding members, as our page on the Solar Impulse website has just now gone live! DUEM is one of the 19 Solutions across the UK and the leading solution in the North of England. Please do have a read and feel free to share your thoughts with us on Social Media.

DUEM at the Schools Science Festival

DUEM teamed up with the Durham University’s Science Outreach team to launch our new program at the Schools Science festival from 27th – 29th March. Over the three days, the team delivered one-hour interactive presentations to over 65 students from local schools attending the festival.  

The presentation focused on an activity based around designing and presenting a solar plane, then comparing it to the record-breaking Solar Impulse. Throughout the presentation we also demonstrated the achievements of our solar car, along with some of the places in the world the car has taken our team. The sessions were very well received with one comment saying that the ‘Solar Activity was my favourite activity’. Linda Campbell from Science Outreach said: “One comment which was repeated numerous times throughout the student feedback forms was how nice, friendly and helpful all the demonstrators and staff were”. DUEM look forward to building on success in the years ahead and continue to inspire the next generation of STEM students.

Setting up the Next Generation of DUEM

2018 is set to be a big year for DUEM. Although the team made huge progress in WSC last year, we can only go so far with a car designed for prior event regulations. This year we start from scratch, building a vehicle far lighter and more efficient than any raced by Durham before. Preliminary design work has already begun ahead of the release of the 2019 technical regulations later in the year, and the engineering team will be hard at work over the Summer break for the big reveal this November. We’re excited to show the world what we’re capable of.

To help us, we’ve put an emphasis on recruitment this year, and are in the middle of training the next generation of team members to be part of the 2019 WSC campaign. Testing with the current car is great preparation for them in maintenance and race operations, and the team are hopeful of entry into the 2018 European Solar Challenge in Belgium; a chance for them to race against international competition before the new machine’s big Australian outing next year.

We’ve also got some exciting publicity events planned for the year, so keep an eye out; DUEM may well be coming to a venue near you!

Cleantech Innovate 2018

We are delighted to announce that on 20th March 2018, DUEM will once again be representing sustainable innovation at Cleantech Innovate 2018. Cleantech Innovate provides developers with a golden chance to put their solutions in the limelight for potential funding. Investors hear 36 pitches from the most promising environmental businesses and get the market intelligence required to achieve game-changing outcomes from their investments.

After an intense competitive process, we are delighted to be one of these 36 to be considered by the hundreds of attendees from around the world. We look forward to promoting the project to them, showcasing our potential and past successes in 2017 in Australia as you will have seen from our video. This presentation will take place at the historic Faraday Theatre at the Royal Institution in London in front of over 350 investors, active funders, corporates, support agencies and the media.

Stay tuned across our social media channels as we gear up to this event. 2018 is going to be a big year for DUEM; this is just the beginning.

Moving forwards: COP23 and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

Having raced 3000km across Australia in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, DUEM has not been standing still. Whilst the car continues its shipping voyage from Australia back to the UK, the team have been hard at work on the new designs for 2019 as well as continuing to promote the car at world renowned locations.

 

You may remember that in 2016, the team took the car to Marrakech for the UN Climate Summit (COP22) and Formula E-Prix. This was an incredible opportunity from the team to promote the project in front of world leaders, CEOs and world press. To attend the UN Climate Summit once was incredible but DUEM were delighted to attend this prestigious event once more this year at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.

 

The team once again were amongst world leaders, businesses, press and attendees to the conference from around the world. This time, we were honoured to sign a major agreement within the UN summit itself. We are now an official founding member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions. This is a global alliance, promoting sustainable innovation around the world. We are honoured to be one of the solutions of this Alliance, and look forward to connecting with companies and institutions from around the world as we build the DUEM brand still further. This is something that puts us on the world stage once again. It is the next chapter in DUEM’s story.