Our Solar Story: COP22 & Formula E

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.