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.

Thank you to Durham University

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Our participation in the challenge simply would not be possible without the facilities, staff and numerous other benefits being at Durham provides. Being students at the University is a huge privilege for all of the team and we are delighted to be representing this prestigious establishment on the global stage. It really encompasses not only the student experience but also practical applications of teaching and research across a number of departments. We are delighted to have great collaboration across departments and want to continue deepening this collaboration further as we look ahead to some very exciting plans. 

Thank you to Climb Online

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To have Lord Sugar’s digital marketing agency sponsor the project is incredible for the team. Founded in 2015, just after Mark Wright won the 2014/15 series of The Apprentice, this company specialise in Search Engine Optimisation, Paid Search, Social Media and website design and building. They were the perfect company to turn to for support as we looked to rebuild our website in-line with our new logo and marketing strategy. Being born in Australia, Mark had heard of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and was amazed to hear about our endeavour as a UK-based team to travel the 3000km. We are incredibly grateful to have their support of the project and we cannot wait to work with them going forward in a number of ways. 

Thank you to Sevcon!

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One of the advantages of being located in the North East are the fantastic local industries, innovating in a variety of sectors. One of these is Sevcon. Based in Gateshead, about 20 minutes from Durham, the team there have worked closely with DUEM and supported the project with both technical and material support for our 2015 and 2017 chassis. They will no doubt prove an integral part to our success in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and we are delighted to have them as a key sponsor of the project. 

Thank you to Evonik

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Rohacell is an innovative material produced by the team at Evonik that has enabled us to make our latest solar car, DUSC, incredibly strong and lightweight. It forms a core between the carbon-fibre sheets to increase stiffness whilst maintaining a sleek, aerodynamic and, above all, light design. Without them sponsoring us we simply could not have manufactured our chassis and other components for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We thank them for their ongoing support of the project. 

Thank you Kensington Capital

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Kensington Capital are business angels who invest in innovative startups which have a high growth potential and which are run by young entrepreneurs who have a vision and leadership aimed at creating value. They also give support to projects that develop new technologies in energy, transport, commerce, communications and climate. We are delighted that they have chosen DUEM as one of the project they are backing and we are incredibly thankful for their support to the team. We look forward to promoting them at this world-leading solar car event; the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. 

Thank you to GH Cityprint!

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We met the team at GH Cityprint at an exhibition of the world-famous Bloodhound Land Speed record car 2 years ago in London. Since then we have had an incredible relationship with this leading London-based print company. Tony Bailey and his team work tirelessly to deliver unbelievably quality products to the team in record time and we love showcasing their products at all our events – whether it is their banners, flyers, booklets or business cards the team at GH Cityprint have been a vital part of our efforts to compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We look forward to continuing this fantastic relationship over the years and are delighted to have them as a sponsors of the project. 

Thank you Sigmatex!

Carbon-fibre is the backbone of our solar car. We use it across the chassis and various components including our trailing arm rear suspension design. Sigmatex are a leading supplier of high-quality carbon fabrics and were perfectly suited to sponsoring the team with these materials as we completed the refinements to our latest solar car. This keeps our car lightweight whilst remaining incredibly strong to cope with the forces encountered whilst driving the 3000km in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We are delighted to be promoting them at this event and thank the team at the company for their ongoing support.