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!
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 their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Serrt.Uprm
To visit the Kickstarter project page for this click here
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.