How do you design a lightweight car made out of carbon-fibre? well for one thing you need simulation software and that is where our sponsor Altair’s Hyperworks package comes in. Their 25 years experience in this field and fantastic global technical support has been vital in enabling us to design and engineer a world-class chassis for both the 2015 and 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We thank the team there for this ongoing partnership that we have with them and look forward to building on this as we look ahead to some very exciting developments.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) was founded in 1847. We were delighted to be awarded the 2015 World Solar Challenge award for that year’s Bridgestone WSC and are thrilled to announce today that we have been awarded the 2017 World Solar Challenge award from the Institution. We look forward to promoting them on this global stage and our common goals of promoting STEM and inspiring the next generation of students to pursue these career paths. We are incredibly thankful to the IMechE for their support in this event.
For all the ‘go’ that our solar car has, we must be able to stop! This ensures we meet the rules and regulations of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge particularly given the unpredictability of the wildlife on the 3000km route from Darwin to Adelaide. The Tolomatic brake callipers supplied by Robert Cupitt company are the highest-quality we’ve encountered and are both lightweight and strong enough to cope with our often opposing aims of making lightweight yet strong components. As we take part in this 3000km marathon we cannot thank the team enough for their support of the project and are delighted to recognise them as a pivotal sponsor.
A solar car is only as good as its motor; there is no point in building a car that goes the speed of a milkfloat! Being one of a select few teams that design and manufacture our own motor, we required high-quality laminated plastics that Tufnol, based in Birmingham, were ideally suited to provide. These plates enable us to mount essential components in our in-wheel design in an efficient, compact manner, with a single motor taking us up to speeds of 70mph at incredible efficiency levels. We look forward to a longstanding relationship with the company as we build yet faster and more efficient car designs.
A solar car wouldn’t be a solar car without solar cells and when it came to sourcing ours we looked no further than the team at Gochermann. Oliver Gochermann was incredibly supportive of our endeavours, providing excellent encapsulation solutions for the SunPower cells underpinning our array. When travelling in the outback at speeds of up to 70mph, this solar cell will recharge our battery pack, enabling us to travel the incredible distance of 3000km just on solar power. This is a great example of the pioneering technology powering us in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and we thank them for their support over the years.
Electronics are a critical component of every car. We use them for everything from telemetry, to motor control systems and much more. The Eurocircuits team were a pivotal part of this vital system, enabling us to use custom PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) to ensure we maximised efficiency and performance across the board. We are indebted to their support of the project for the last few years and are delighted to showcase their brand at the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
The first of our sponsor thank you’s goes to the team at Designs Unique for their work on our branding and logo. We love working with local industries and creative director Graeme Hall was superb in providing us with a range of options to choose from, culminating in our current logo. If you take a closer look, the increasing size of the shards left to right and changing colours shows the importance of the sun to our success; ultimately we are a solar car team! We thank them personally for all of their work enabling us to celebrate our 15th anniversary and our participation in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge with style!
G’day from Australia! The DUEM team have been in Darwin for over a week now and we wanted to give you an update on our progress and plans going forward. Our advance party helped the car clear customs and quarantine in just a few days and timed it perfectly with the main party’s arrival on Friday 22nd September.
Since then the team has been hard at work, fitting the last few components and tweaking various elements of the car to ensure maximum performance and efficiency gains.
We were one of the first teams at the Darwin base – Hidden Valley race circuit – and this enabled us to have first pick of the pit garages; we chose number 5 as this was the same as we had in 2015. As the week progressed more teams arrived from all around the world, with our neighbours including Principia & Michigan from America as well as Antakari from Chile and so many more. The pit atmosphere is fantastic and really collaborative, with teams sharing ideas, components and tools to help everyone out.
Initial progress at static scrutineering was promising, with minor tweaks required but with a strong performance across electrical and mechanical teams. We will of course let you know when we clear this and move on to the dynamic tests!
Early runs at the track were encouraging and we are looking forward to sharing footage from this in the coming days with you. We will also be publishing regular blogs whilst we drive the 3000km across the outback – internet permitting! – enabling you to meet the team and find out more about our solar car’s innovations. Check out our first video below and stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram channels.
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.
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.