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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Solar Car at the Science Museum
We know our solar car has the power to inspire millions around the world. Having taken the car to numerous school around the UK in recent years, we wanted a central location to attract the public and, particularly, schoolkids from around the world to showcase our technology. We had a fantastic event, exhibiting at the Museum’s Antenna Live event from 26-28th July. Many thousands came to see us and it was the perfect event to inspire young and old about our project and let them know about our exciting future ambitions. Oh & with it being such a tourist hotspot, it tested our language skills very well indeed!
DUEM inspires students at Whitworth Park
Following on from a very successful presentation at St Peter’s School in York, DUEM took their solar car to Whitworth Park School in Spennymoor. Throughout the day, DUEM gave talks to all year groups, ensuring all ages got up-close experience of our state-of-the-art solar car. We received some fantastic questions and were thrilled at the response from the students.
Not only that, but Whitworth Park are one of the schools to enter the prestigious Greenpower IET Formula 24 Competition. We spent a great deal of time with their team, passing on experience and tips that we had learnt from our solar racing. We wish the team every success with their regional heat at Croft Circuit in July this year.
You can read coverage of our outreach day by The Northern Echo here.
St Peter’s York, 1st March 2016
DUEM were delighted to speak at a public lecture to St Peter’s School on Tuesday 1st March at 7pm entitled Blood, Sweat & Carbon. Oliver Headlam-Morley, our team principal, is an Old Peterite. Having recently returned from the World Solar Challenge, he detailed our experiences crossing the Australian Outback, and the engineering challenges involved in building a solar powered vehicle. Finally, he gave a glimpse into our exciting future ambitions.
It was a fantastic opportunity for us to inspire the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and others who dare to think different & we look forward to yet more in the months ahead!
15th June at Tonbridge School, Kent
Following on from DUEM’s incredibly successful visit to Motorexpo, the team visited Tonbridge School. We showcased our solar car to the assembled staff, pupils & parents, leaving many stunned as to the feat we were attempting and the car we had designed. We made some great contacts, and certainly, we think, inspired the next generation of engineers! We are extremely grateful to Tonbridge School for letting us showcase our car there. We look forward to returning soon with a car that has been to Australia & raced 3000km. You can find out more about Tonbridge at www.tonbridge-school.co.uk