Sustainable Transportation: Solar Car and Hyperloop

Two Michigan student teams are presenting:

Michigan Solar Car: Andrew Dickinson, Project Manager

Michigan Hyperloop: Blaise Nugent, Alicia Lenci, Anindita Mukherjee, Jack Rademacher

 

Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Bldg, Univ of Michigan, North Campus.
Noon, November 6, 2018

Driving on the Sun: The Role of Solar Powered Cars in the Future of Transportation

Solar powered cars present a unique solution to the transportation problem. Because the car is able to generate its own energy, it is possible to be completely grid independent. Additionally, distribution losses are near zero because energy is generated right where it is needed. However, energy from solar panels is limited, and so it must be used efficiently. For this reason, cars constructed by the UM solar team have MPGe figures in the high 1000s. We will describe the benefits and limitations of solar powered cars and show where the technology is now by describing and comparing the capabilities of our most recent car: Novum to the best electric cars on the market today. read more…

Andrew Dickinson is a Junior studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering and the Project Manager for the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, one of the world’s premier solar racing teams. Widely recognized as the most successful solar racing team in North America, they hold nine national titles and have taken six podium finishes on the world stage. The team’s most recent vehicle, Novum, took 2nd in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. Presently, the team looks forward to the 2019 World Solar Challenge with the aim of taking home the gold.



Michigan Hyperloop: Sustainable Transportation for the Future

Hyperloop has the potential to become a sixth mode of transport, and to revolutionize the way people travel long distances, all while maintaining an unmatched level of efficiency. We at Michigan Hyperloop will share our vision for what the future has in store. read more…

Presenters: Blaise Nugent, Alicia Lenci, Anindita Mukherjee, Jack Rademacher

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