Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 9

April 3, 2012

This morning our first stop was a lovely little gas station/tourist shop. The outside was done to look like fake old buildings and stores. On the inside you could buy anything from postcards and stamps to statues, guns, clothes, and sandwiches. There was even a section of the till devoted to rattle snake items. There were canes with rattle snake heads, stuffed rattle snakes, rattle snake skin wallets and shoes. The gentleman running the shop was a very nice fellow and we had a good chat with him. He pointed out some of the sights to see along our road. He mentioned the Apache camps in the hills, the locations of famous battles, and mining ghost towns. We were truly in the land of cowboys and Indians. Unfortunately we would be unable to stop at any of these locations as we had to continue our trip home. But someday we may find the time to explore the sights of New Mexico.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 7

April 1, 2012

Sunday was the final day for competition. As the team woke and headed down to locate and fix the hydrogen leak the pressure was slowly getting to us. Today we had our last opportunity to put in a successful run. As it stood at this point, none of the 7 teams running hydrogen at the competition had put in a successful run yet. There were 4 teams in the urban concept category and 3 in prototype and all had been bogged down with trouble shooting, just as our team, and had been unable to complete a successful run. Things were getting close for the hydrogen teams.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 6

March 31, 2012

Saturday began early and the team hoped to quickly pass the technical inspection and get the vehicle on the track. We had already missed our opportunities to race on Friday and did not want to continue that today.

Following some minor tweaks to the vehicle we were able to get almost everything ready for technical inspection. As there was a slalom component of the technical inspection we needed to have our fuel cell system functioning first. For this we needed to prove to the Shell hydrogen representatives that our system had no leaks. Following a tense several hours hunting miniscule hydrogen leaks with a hydrogen “sniffer” sensor we passed the leak check and had our tank.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 5

March 30, 2012

Friday morning started early with the rest of the team arriving from the airport. Following a quick breakfast provided by the event organizers the 3 team drivers attended the drivers meeting and track walk around. Here the details of the track were discussed and the different driving rules were explained. Following this were the opening ceremonies where the event was officially kicked off by the mayor of Houston and Shell Executives.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 2

March 27, 2012

Following an early start, the trailer was loaded and the vehicle secured and ready for travel. With a final wave from team members the truck and trailer pulled away from the UofA campus and was Houston bound.

The first destination was Calgary, where our driver helmets  needed to be picked up. Having done this the next stop was the border. A couple coffee and food breaks later and with no problems at the border we’d passed into the state of Montana.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 1

March 26, 2012

Following an all day and all night build session, the vehicle was ready for the 10am media send off event. The media turn out was awesome!  A big thank you all the different stations and newspapers that were able to attend. Our team and sponsors really appreciate the coverage. Following some quick interviews and a vehicle drive demo the car was brought back into the shop and a day of finishing touches began.

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.

The EcoCar Team Award Presentation at Shell Eco-Marathon Americas!

Below is a team picture provided by Shell of our team receiving the medals, cheque and trophy for Second Place in the Fuel Cell – Urban Concept Division at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas in Houston, Texas!

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Second Place Fuel Cell UrbanConcept winner University of Alberta with Dick Williams, President, Shell WindEnergy, and Bob Pease, President and CEO of Motiva Enterprises during the Awards Ceremony at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012 on Sunday, April 1, in downtown Houston. HO No Restrictions

About Adnan Arif

A fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the U of A, Adnan is passionate about alternative energy, climate change and computer programming. Between assignments, exams and killing people in GTA, he tries to find time to work on EcoCar's Electrical and PR teams.