Our goal is to design and manufacture a solar car capable of competing at the 2014 American Solar Challenge, a 1700+ mile race. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 31, 2014.
About this project
The Solar Car Team of the University of Puerto Rico, known as Solar Engineering Research Racing Team (SERRT), is the only solar car team in Puerto Rico, and it is our university's project aimed at solar energy research with a focus on transportation.
The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez had not taken part of a solar race since 1995, but on August 2012, twenty-nine students accepted the challenge to restart the project with fresh ideas to the new generation of solar-propelled vehicles developed in the university.
This year, our solar vehicle will take part of the American Solar Challenge. It's main event is an 8 day, 1700+ mile road course traveling through 7 states, from Austin, TX to Minneapolis, MN. Our team will be competing with top engineering universities from the United States and all around the world.
The design of the car has been completed and the team is now in the manufacturing and implementation process. We try to do more with less as our resources are scarce. Most of the materials for the car had already been obtained from donations from local sponsors, but we hope to finish the rest of the project with your help!
This is our current schedule:
May 15th: Complete vehicle and initiate testing
May 16th-June 26th: Summer testing and fine-tuning
June 28th: Prepare vehicle for shipping from Puerto Rico to Texas
July 13th: Compete in the 2014 Formula Sun Grand Prix & American Solar Challenge!
The majority of the funds obtained will be used to finish the car and to prepare the team and vehicle for the competition, which include testing materials, strategy preparation, improving on-board controls, transporting the vehicle from Puerto Rico to Texas and back, expenses during the 8-day race, and much more.
To read more about the competition, you may access the American Solar Challenge website:
Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Serrt.Uprm
Interviews on local news.
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First Bench Test with cruise control and batteries:
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Risks and challenges
Our main challenge is to manufacture a solar vehicle able to compete with universities with much larger budgets. The whole team is working hard to accomplish this goal using lightweight and strong materials but available at a reasonable price. Our mechanical, electrical and advisory team have plenty of experience from previous races and from the field. All problems found so far during the last 2 years of designing and testing have been solved, and have further improved the design of our vehicle, thanks to our excellent team and our perseverance. We strongly believe that we will be able to overcome any difficulties that arise from the rest of the assembly and testing process with your help!
But that's not all. The team must also be ready to overcome any obstacles that may encounter during the race, like storms, strong wind, fires, and any vehicle failure, either mechanical or electrical (or both!). This is why it is very important to thoroughly test the vehicle as soon as possible. The more resources we have, the more prepared we will be to respond to any setbacks during the competition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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