DeKalb Engineering Team Builds Solar Car

The DeKalb Engineering Team, TEAM ENDEAVOR,  is composed of students ranging from freshmen in high school to upcoming college freshmen from around the Metro Atlanta area. These students are teamed together under the direction of Mr. Patrick Gunter to build the first high school solar car in Georgia to compete in the Open Division of the Winston Solar Car Challenge from July 14th to 19th 2012 in Fort Worth, TX at the Texas Motor Speedway.  This education project is geared toward a focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM. Many STEM Education opportunities have been provided by the DeKalb Engineering Team.  The final product was the first solar car from the state of Georgia that participated in the Winston Solar Challenge.   The solar cells have been supplied by Suniva http://www.suniva.com/, the supplier of the best solar cells on the world market. The cells were cut at their facility by our students. Additionally, the team has had support from UCEP University Center for Excellence in Photovoltaics (http://www.ece.gatech.edu/research/UCEP/) The Georgia Tech Solar Jackets (http://solarjackets.gatech.edu/) were mentors and provided training and assistance for Team Endeavour.  The motors and motor controller are from NuGen Mobility, Inc. The motor & controller was refurbished to compete at this race. The NuGen motor system is used by the top college teams in the world. The car used a Maximum Power Point Trackers (MPPTs) from Lithium Power Systems to control the power from solar array to the battery system. The car’s body was composed of many aircraft materials, such as carbon fiber / honeycomb reinforcements and various composites to construct a lighter car.  Read more

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