EcoPoxy annouced as Exclusive Epoxy Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that EcoPoxy is once again supporting our team as our exclusive epoxy partner.

EcoPoxy creates bio-based epoxies that provide innovative, sustainable alternatives to petroleum based epoxies. EcoPoxy supports the agricultural community and sustainability by seeking innovative solutions to work towards their goal of 100% bio-based epoxies. They also are committed to quality products and customer satisfaction, and are invested in continuous research and development to improve their products as well as their bio-content. 

Toyota Canada announced as Exclusive Automotive Sponsor

 

The University of Alberta EcoCar Team is delighted to announce that Toyota Canada Inc. will be joining the team as this year’s Exclusive Automotive Sponsor.

Ever since the team’s creation in 2010, participating in the Shell Eco-Marathon has given the team not only an opportunity to push the boundaries of energy efficiency but also the chance to explore and build perspectives on how to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.

This year has been full of new and exciting pursuits; we are currently building our in-house fuel cell system and integrating autonomous capabilities into our UrbanConcept vehicle. Learning and community involvement are crucial to the vision of the team and the support from a forward thinking organization like Toyota Canada comes as an inspiring and humbling development.

We would like to once again thank Toyota for their generosity and support.

Day 4 – Early Morning Update

Day 3 – Sofie Races!!

Day 2 – Opening Ceremonies and Team Photos

Day 2 we woke up bright and early for our 6am team meeting, we discussed strategy for the day and had a quick breakfast before heading to the paddocks and starting work.

Our goals for the day were to get Sofie and Alice into tech inspection, so right at 8am we lined up with Sofie and got the tech inspection process started. There are 11 tech inspection stations for Hydrogen Prototype technical inspection: Weight, Horn, Timed Escape, Mechanical Systems, Hydrogen, Electrical Systems, Brake Test, Harness Test, Dimensions, Visibility, and Seat Belt. Sofie easily passed Weight, Timed Escape, Brake Test, Dimensions,  Seat Belt, and Visibility. The horn was not installed yet, and when we got to Mechanical, we had some fixes we needed to do for Sofie’s steering wheel post before we could pass that station. We moved on to Hydrogen anyways, which is typically one of the most difficult stations to pass, and we passed our hydrogen leak test on the first go! Unfortunately we weren’t able to finish our inspection because the Shell Eco-marathon Opening Ceremonies were beginning and tech inspection was closing until 2pm.

After the Opening Ceremonies, we did a bit more work before we had to go for the group photo with all the other teams. It was stiflingly hot out and some of our team members had to try various methods of staying cool and not burning!

After the group photo we were back to being focused on passing tech inspection. We brought Sofie back to tech inspection and passed everything but Electrical Systems. There were several small fixes we needed to complete before we could pass tech inspection.

Meanwhile, we were also working double-time on Alice – there was still quite a bit of electrical and mechanical work to be done before we could pass tech inspection. Tech inspection is open tomorrow as well; however, it is only open to teams who have attempted every single station the day before – you don’t have to pass every station, but you have to make an attempt at passing and not be disqualified. That meant that even though we knew Alice wasn’t ready to race, we still had to get her in line for tech inspection and try to get through all of the stations while making as many adjustments as possible along the way. Hydrogen has 12 stations in tech inspection to pass: all the same ones for Prototype, as well as Telemetry. We passed 5 of the stations: Brake Test, Dimensions, Weight, Timed Escape, and Visibility; however when we got to Mechanical Systems, there were quite a few issues. The front of Alice was hanging too low, so we would have to look into ways to raise the bottom; we also need to build some support around the fire wall to prevent it from bending. Additional items were fixing the windshield wiper and finishing the wiring for the horn, as well as numerous fixes for the Electrical Systems station.  We managed to get around to every station, so we will be eligible to go to tech inspection tomorrow and hopefully pass!

Back to Sofie, we finished the updates to Sofie’s electrical at 6:30pm and tech inspection closes at 7pm, so we rushed back to the Electrical Systems station and presented the changes to the technicians. At 6:55pm we passed Electrical Systems!! With barely 5 min to spare we received our technical and safety inspection stickers, meaning tomorrow at 8:30am we can begin racing with Sofie!

    Got Alice 1/2 through Tech…

Day 1 – Fixing up the cars

Day 0 – The Beginning of Competition

Featured sponsor: TEC Edmonton

 

We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, TEC Edmonton will be supporting the University of Alberta EcoCar team as a contributing sponsor.

TEC Edmonton is an Edmonton-based accelerator for emerging technology-based companies offering programs for business and professional development. Additionally, TEC Edmonton’s Technology Management team helps commercialize University of Alberta technologies. In 2017, the leadership they provided to the University of Alberta lead to four spin off companies and 29 US patents.

Leadership Change Announcement

Summer updates from the Fuel Cell team.

We’ve had a very exciting summer designing and building our own custom hydrogen fuel cell in Dr. Secanell ‘s Energy Systems Design (ESD) Lab. This new fuel cell will allow our vehicles to run more efficiently and help the team expand it’s innovation in fuel cell technology. There are many parts that go into the cell and one of the essential components that has been completed is the humidifier. The humidifier is important to the system because it increases the cell’s overall efficiency, performance, and reliability. Without humidification, the membranes that are used to exchange protons become too dry and can result in poor function or failure of the fuel cell.

We’d like to give a special thank you to Edmonton Valve and Fitting for their continuous support and contribution to the humidifier. With Swagelok fittings we are able to ensure leak-free air flow in the high temperature and humid environment.

To learn more about our partnership with Edmonton Valve and Fitting, visit: http://edmontonvalve.swagelok.com/blog/swagelok-parts-help-keep-eco-car-competitive