DUEM Returns to Goodwood

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DUEM Returns to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

DUEM are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 from 29th June – 2nd July. This is the world’s largest motoring event of its kind, bringing together world-leading manufacturers, celebrities and, of course, the famous hill climb to deliver a motoring extravaganza like no other.

DUEM are delighted to be returning to this event, following from a successful exhibition in 2016 with their previous solar car, DUSC2015. Whilst the team is hard at work on our latest solar car, DUSC, the team will be exhibiting a scale model of the car and promoting various breakthrough technologies developed by the team. Attendees have a fantastic opportunity to hear more about our 15-year heritage and our exciting future plans. It provides us, and our sponsors, an incredible marketing reach and we cannot wait to see what happens next. Stay tuned for more details & keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages for more information.

Discovery Museum Exhibition

DUEM Exhibits at the Discovery Museum

DUEM Exhibits DUSC2011 at the Discovery Museum

Whilst the team was hard at work in Durham on upgrades to our latest solar car, DUSC, DUEM have been exhibiting their previous generation solar car, DUSC2011, to visitors at the Discovery Museum in the heart of Newcastle. The museum is a hotspot for school tours and visits, giving students from a very young age an opportunity to see our innovation up close and to ask key team members about the car, the race and all things engineering.

DUSC2011 raced across Australia in, as the name suggests, the 2011 World Solar Challenge. After qualifying 3rd, the team completed a substantial proportion of the full 3000km distance, thanks to innovations including solar collectors – parabolic mirrors focusing the sun’s energy onto thin strips of high-efficiency solar cells, enabling higher energy collection in direct sunlight. 

This is a fantastic location and opportunity for the team to showcase our technology as well as inspire students to think differently about our planet and pursue STEM-focused careers. This is just the beginning for us. Stay tuned for an exciting summer of events and updates. 

DUEM Test at Croft

DUEM Test at Croft Circuit

We are thrilled to be able to share with you some awesome footage from our recent test at Croft Circuit. The team have worked incredibly hard to deliver a testing program that puts us in the best possible position for when we race 3000km in the 2017 World Solar Challenge across Australia.

We’d like to thank Croft Circuit as well as all of our partners and sponsors for their continued support of the project. We look forward to sharing yet more awesome footage and coverage of our progress towards Australia as we celebrate our 15th anniversary of being at the forefront of solar car technology. 

15 Years of DUEM

In our 15-year history, we’ve had some unforgettable and ground-breaking experiences. As proud as we are of our past, our vision is very much focussed on the future as we aim to thrive in a world desperately in need of renewable innovation.

With this in mind, we recently took our car out of the workshop and onto the road for the first time in 2017, testing the mechanical and electrical systems despite the fact that it was pitch black at the time. The car performed remarkably well, suggesting that we are very much on track to have a successful race at the World Solar Challenge in October this year. Of course, over in Australia we will be attempting to drive the car 3000 miles along barren, dusty roads, posing significant logistical challenges, but with a team that is highly motivated to succeed at the biggest event on the solar calendar, we have good reason to be confident.

Due to our newly-found partnership with Durham Student Productions, we are delighted to be able to bring you some stunning, clear footage of this evening of testing, as our car is put to the test. Tobias McBride, Head of the Business Team, also offers some insights into the DUEM story.

DUEM have also enjoyed coverage on the University blog, sharing our story with the public and inspiring students to follow our journey at the forefront of solar cars. Take a look at the blog here.

Yet another way to keep up to date with all things DUEM is to subscribe to our newsletter, so make sure you sign up in order to receive the next issue.

We’ve produced a fun little video summarising our 15 year history into only 15 seconds. If you’d like to find out more, then have a scroll through our more detailed timeline right here. Take a look below; we hope that you enjoy it!

If you have any questions about partnerships, donating or want to find out more, contact us here – we’d love to hear from you about absolutely anything!

DJI Partnership

DJI logoWe’re thrilled to be able to announce DJI, the world’s largest civilian-drone company, as a new partner of DUEM. DJI share our vision of innovation, having driven the drone industry forward over the last decade, and we can’t wait to have them supporting our project. The company will also be looking into ways to incorporate drones into other forms of education, and will be working with DUEM to explore these possibilities.

Tautvydas Juskauskas, Public Business Development Manager of DJI Europe, had this to say on the partnership:

“DJI, as the leading drone manufacturer, has witnessed the way the drone technology has been changing research and education. Drones have become an integral part of the research toolboxes for civil engineers, infrastructure and built-environment engineers, environmental scientists, geoscientists, architects, archaeologists, aerospace engineers, robotics engineers, computer and IT engineers, urban developers, agronomists, and etc. DJI Student Ambassador program is meant to help local university and campus communities to better understand and easier utilise and adopt the drone technology for research and education purposes. Durham University being one of the leading technology universities in Europe was chosen as a part of our Student Ambassador program. We believe that DUEM Solar Car Team is very well equipped to liaise between DJI and the local student and professor community in order to explore the possibilities of using DJI technology in different fields of research and education.”

The company will also be helping train us in using their drones, hopefully allowing us to capture some great footage of the car. This is a massively exciting partnership that we hope will be long and prosperous for both parties!

Take a look at all our current sponsors here.

2017 – Our Biggest Year Yet

 

15 years of innovation

The DUEM story stretches all the way back to 2002, meaning that 2017 marks the team’s 15th anniversary. With a decade and a half of solar experience under our belt, it’s fair to say that we’ve enjoyed some pretty exciting times, but we know that 2017 is going to be our biggest and most important year yet. With a trip to the World Solar Challenge in Australia coming up in October, the DUEM story just keeps on being written.

An obvious highlight of January was an unforgettable trip to Labman, one of the sponsors with which we have a particularly fruitful relationship; several of our alumni now hold professional roles with the company. The whole team went along to the company’s offices to enjoy a host of activities, including an opportunity to drive our solar car around a virtual track thanks to Labman’s impressive VR setup. The trip inspired a real pride in the car and in our team, and we are immensely grateful to Labman for putting on such a memorable day!

Another one of our sponsors, GH CITYPRINT, was kind enough to print a number of our new DUEM 2017 calendars, including key dates for the team such as the Solar Challenge this autumn. It comprises a range of photographs taken over the past few years, highlighting some of our most memorable moments, including our most recent trip to Australia in 2015. We hope that some of you were lucky enough to receive them!

Showcase. Educate. Inspire.

This year more than ever we’re committed to putting these values into practice through our outreach programme. We can’t wait to take our project into schools and foster some of the passion for green technology that is so common amongst the youth of today. Over the last few weeks we’ve had exciting meetings regarding our approach, and we believe we’ve formed the basis of an innovative scheme that will both educate and inspire children in primary and secondary schools. Look out for more information later in the year.

Take a look at our latest features in the Durham Business School magazine and on Labman’s website, and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep track of our rapid progress.

The team keeps on growing, both in numbers and in experience, and so we feel more prepared than ever to tackle the challenges that we’ll face this year. If you have any questions, or would like to get involved in any way please contact us over social media or through the website; it truly is a thrilling project to be a part of.

Our Solar Story: COP22 & Formula E

DUEM at UN & Climate Summit

As the UK’s longest running solar car, DUEM have always been about promoting our technology and inspiring as many people around the world as possible. The last few months have been an incredibly exciting journey for the team, signing a dozen new sponsors, rebranding the society, continuing enhancements on the car and expanding our outreach programme ever further.

We were honoured to have been invited to exhibit at both the United Nations Climate Summit (COP22) at their Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF16) & the Formula E-Prix in Marrakech; 2 world-class events to showcase the team and their efforts. We were the first ever solar car to exhibit at such a world-renowned event as COP22 and were delighted with the response we received.

“The last 12 months for DUEM have been our busiest yet.” the team’s Head of the Business Team, Tobias McBride, said. “COP22 was the focal point for world leaders, concentrating their efforts on combating climate change as a planet. To exhibit our car, DUSC2015, in the presence of such leaders, world press and heads of major corporations from across the world was a thrill and an honour for myself and the team. 

If you were to say to us 12 months ago that we would have signed this many new sponsors, launched a new website with Lord Sugar’s digital marketing agency – Climb Online – and exhibited at this calibre of events, we would never have believed it. It just shows what determination and drive can do. 

We are always future focused and we would be delighted to speak to companies, alumni and associates on an individual and company basis about our future plans as we gear up towards racing 3000km across Australia next October in the World Solar Challenge. Watch this space – this is just the beginning for DUEM. 

What we are doing is an incredible opportunity to showcase the latest technology, educate the public about our planet’s climate & to inspire the next generation. What we have planned is going to change everything you know; all over again.

Check out our features in the IMechE, Durham University website, Formula E: Street Racers, Palatinate, UN Environment as well as our COP22 & Formula E gallery

Don’t forget to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Also check out our solar car channel on the new DriveTribe platform that we have spearheaded – this is the platform launched by The Grand Tour, the new car show on Amazon.

DUEM Invited to the United Nations Climate Conference COP22

DUEM are attending the UN's Climate Conference; COP22

Durham University Electric Motorsport are proud to announce that they have been invited to exhibit at the United Nations Climate Conference, COP22, in Marrakesh, Morocco from 14-15th November. As the UK’s longest running solar car team, DUEM’s heritage of world-leading solar car design, manufacture and racing has been recognised in an unparalleled way and we are delighted to be attending this conference.

This truly is the international stage and will see the signing of landmark agreements following on last year’s Paris Conference; COP21. We are proud to be showcasing our team in front of world leaders, press and thousands of delegates. Not only that, but the event itself is followed by billions – our reach continues to climb ever higher. We are thrilled to showcase the support of our sponsors at the event & bring a new element to our partnerships. We also look forward to signing new agreements at the show & will keep you informed.

We will be representing British engineering and innovation in sustainability on the global stage. Our mission has always been to showcase the very latest technology, to educate the public about climate change and to inspire the next generation; we are taking this to the next level through our exhibition at COP22.

This is going to change everything, all over again.

Our new website launches

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Our New Website launches!

We are delighted to announce that after months of hard work, our new website is live! When we wanted a new website, we knew it had to be state-of-the-art from a navigation and SEO perspective. We did not hesitate to approach Climb Online, the UK’s leading digital marketing agency, founded by the winner of The Apprentice, Mark Wright, and Lord Sugar. Our team and theirs worked closely throughout the project, ensuring that all elements were optimised. As we look ahead to a very exciting future, we are delighted to have Climb Online onboard. You can find out more about them at www.climb-online.co.uk