• Day 6 at SEME and DWC 2016 - Climbing the Hill

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    The team woke up early as usual and after their morning chores, headed to the park to finish the work started the previous day. The Mec E’s -  Jerry, Chris P, Chris O and Kent - installed the hall-effect sensor and Nik hooked up his laptop to begin testing. After some fiddling with the code and the GUI, the go-pedal was pushed. An even louder VROOOOOOOOM! We didn’t know if it was possible, but the motor was going faster than yesterday! Hilariously, the noise was loud enough to scare Alex and Nathan quite a bit.

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  • Day 5 at SEME and DWC 2016 – Faster and Louder

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    Day 5 began in high spirits and we were ready for more testing on all fronts. Some brainstorming the previous night had resulted in ideas on how to fix the issues with the fuel-cell system and the motor. For some reason, the fuel-cell controller was turning off during operation and stopping the flow of electricity to the car. We were also ready to install our new motor controller, the Vedder, which had just started working the previous night. We were expecting this to increase the speed of the car with more precise control over the motor.

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  • Days 3 and 4 at SEME and DWC 2016 – We Passed Tech Inspection!

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    Day 3 at the Shell Eco-marathon Europe started bright and early at 6:30 am. We made our way to the paddocks to continue working on the car and to take it to technical inspection for the first time in London. With spot number 20 in the line, we queued up in high spirits which, unfortunately, soon turned to boredom since we needed to wait for a total of four hours before getting into the testing area. One of our more opportunistic members (calling you out Ryan!) even decided to catch up on some much needed sleep inside the car!

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  • Days 1 and 2 at SEME and DWC – Setting up for Success

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    We’re in London for the Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2016 and the inaugural Drivers’ World Championship! The team was greeted with warm weather as most of our members met up and headed to the venue, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. First item on the list – team registration. This is required by all teams attending the competition and is where we get our participant badges, official team number sticker, etc. Two members of our team, Jerry and Harry, joined the immense queue and began the process. Unfortunately, the line was so long that this process took several hours. After finally getting this sorted out, we headed to the paddocks area to locate our designated working spot (paddock) and the big crate containing our car and equipment. We found our spot but couldn’t find our crate. After asking around a little, we were informed that the crate was too heavy to bring

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  • U of A students to race hydrogen-powered car in international fuel-efficiency competition

    The University of Alberta’s eco-car team won their category at Shell’s Eco-marathon event in Detroit in April, punching their ticket to a world championship competition in London, England. The students will race their hydrogen-powered car on July 3 against teams from around the world. Photo Supplied, Shell International Limited.

    Original content by Madeleine Cummings, Edmonton Examiner. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 10:37:52 MDT AM A team of students from the University of Alberta is taking their hydrogen car to London to compete in Shell’s “Drivers’ World Championship” on July 3. Student teams from Europe, Asia and the Americas will compete at the event to see who can travel the fastest and be the most fuel efficient over the course of a 17.9-kilometre race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The team qualified for the first-ever international iteration of the Shell Eco-marathon series by winning their category at a competition for teams in the Americas held in Detroit this past April. Not only did the U of A team receive first prize in their hydrogen urban-concept category, but they managed to be the only team to complete the course. (They took several attempts to do it, but successfully completed 10 laps

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  • U of A students Eco-car wins North American clean-car competition

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    Original content posted on www.cbc.ca | Posted on April 29th, 2016 12:10 PM MT The award-winning care runs entirely on hydrogen fuel cells An EcoCar created by engineering students at the University of Alberta recently won the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, a competition for clean-car technology. The curvaceous, 300-pound car — nicknamed "Alice" — runs entirely on hydrogen fuel cells.

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  • Student eco-car headed to world championships

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    U of A team wins division at Shell Eco-marathon Americas Original article on Metro News Edmonton | Posted by Alex Boyd on April 28 2016 The University of Alberta’s Eco-Car team is headed to London after winning its division at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Detroit last week. The 40-member team and their sleek carbon fibre car, dubbed “Alice,” took first place in the UrbanConcept category for hydrogen-fuelled vehicles last weekend.

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  • SEMA 2016 84 Hour Update

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    Like every other morning, the team woke up early to resume working on the car. This morning began with conditioning our fuel cell and making minor adjustments before we took Alice out onto the race track for 8:00AM. As Alice took off from the start line, the team anxiously timed her first lap to see how fast we were going. We turned out to be a few seconds faster than the 2:24 average lap time needed to finish within 24 minutes! After completing our 10 laps, we finished with about 25 seconds to spare. We did it!... or so we thought. Upon crossing the finish line, we were informed that Shell's flowmeter (which is used to track our fuel efficiency and how much hydrogen we used) stopped working after 6 laps. They would not extrapolate our fuel efficiency based on our first 6 laps, but they did give us another

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  • SEMA 2016 72 Hour Update

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    This afternoon, our famed driver, Jason geared up and the team headed outside for our first attempt at the real race! Alice went smoothly out of the start gate, though Jason noticed that after each bump on the road, there was a grinding sound and the car slowed down significantly. About halfway through the first lap (twice as far as we made it last year), the car stopped working. Alice was towed the remainder of the lap so that we could transport her back into our paddock area.

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  • SEMA 2016 62 Hour Update

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    Last night, the Electrical team was working away at full steam to sort out the hydrogen sensors and CANbus system to allow us to pass tech inspection.  With the car never having functioned on a hydrogen fuel cell before, we still were not sure if the car would even move.  This year, Shell implemented a new rule stating that teams could not work in the paddock area (where the cars and work stations are housed) from midnight until 6:00AM.  As this midnight deadline approached, the pressure mounted to fix these issues so that we could go to tech inspection as soon as it opened the next morning.  All hands were on deck as we were attempting to test all of the electrical systems with the fuel cell.

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