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

Climb Online Logo

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

Science Museum 2016

DUEM's Solar Car at the Science MuseumOur 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!

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

Goodwood 7

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

DUEM have been fortunate enough to attend many high-profile events over the years. The goal is always, for us, to showcase the car to as many people as possible; to inspire them to think differently about what the automotive world could look like in the not too distant future.

We were honoured that in 2016, we were able to attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is the world’s biggest motor show. Our stand pulled in the crowds and showed our take on the future; who knows, it could be a solar hill climb race soon! With over 68m (yes million!) people hearing about us, it provided us with a huge stage to showcase our technology and talk about our exciting future plans. You can see some of the pictures from the 5 days here.

London Motor Show

London Motor Show

London Calling!

Geneva. Tokyo. Detroit. If you’ve heard of these fantastic motor shows, there’s a good chance you’ll have heard that the party is coming to England for the 2016 London Motor Show, and we’re very excited to announce that DUEM will be attending! Set amongst the greenery of the iconic Battersea Park, the event is slated to be motoring’s next big thing – a show to rival the best in the world. We will be sharing the floor with hundreds of world class vehicles, including the Tesla Model S and Bloodhound SSC!

If you’re in or around London during May 5th-8th, come and pay us a visit to see DUSC2015 in person. It’s sure to be a great family event – to book tickets or find out more, visit the official website here. We hope to see you there!

DUEM Visits Whitworth Park


DUEM's Solar Car at Whitworth Park with their Greenpower TeamDUEM 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 School

St Peters York

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!

Bruntingthorpe Launch Event

Bruntinhthorpe Launch Event

Bruntingthorpe Launch Event

DUEM launched our brand new solar car to  guests & media at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground on Sunday 9th August 2015. It was a truly spectacular event with the car being launched in Hangar 42; a 36,000 sq.ft hangar, followed by testing on the race track. Bruntingthorpe has the longest privately run runway in the whole of the UK & we used it to great advantage. This was especially the case as our great sponsor, Jaguar Land Rover, provided 2 beautiful F-Types to accompany the car & provided attendees with an opportunity to speed around the circuit. Take a look at our Gallery page for more photos & keep your eyes posted for updates about our solar car’s progress to Australia!

Tonbridge School

Tonbridge School

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