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Solar Canada Conference 2016

This past week Blue Sky Solar attended the Solar Canada Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with our car Horizon. We really enjoyed interacting with industry leaders and learning about innovative solar technologies. Thank you to the event organizers for giving us the opportunity to attend the conference!

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Blue Sky Solar 20th Anniversary Celebration

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On November 18th, Blue Sky Solar Racing celebrated our 20th anniversary at the MaRS Discovery District. The event was a great celebration of 20 years of the innovation and excellence in solar racing that our undergraduate team strives for. Four generations of cars were showcased at the event: Horizon (our 8th generation car that competed and placed 3rd this summer at the American Solar Car Challenge), Cerulean, Azure and B-7.  We would like to thank MaRS for hosting our event, Nanoleaf for providing Aurora panels, our generous sponsors for helping us realize our vision, and the Engineering Society and MBNA, whose contributions made the event possible. Finally, we would like to extend our gratitude to all the alumni and guest speakers that attended, including Thomas Coyle, the Vice-Dean of Engineering, for the faculty’s unwavering support of undergraduate projects like these.

Solar energy in action: Barrick Gold’s solar farm

If the 19th century is the century of coal and the 20th century that of nuclear, then the 21st century is that of solar. Many large corporations, including Tesla, Apple, and Google, have recently shown a keen interest in investing in the energy solution of the future. Keeping with this trend and recognizing the need for sustainable energy alternatives is Barrick Gold’s solar farm in northern Nevada.

The Barrick Solar Farm, located 15 miles east of Reno, began commercial operations in 2008. The eight-acre installation provides power to the plant’s internal loads, namely the generator oil recirculation and heating pumps, and to the auxiliary plant services such as heating, ventilation systems, and lighting. Construction for the project – from project approval to system commissioning and start up and completion – took approximately 9 months.

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Barrick’s solar farm in north Nevada. The 1.0-megawatt solar photovoltaic system was incorporated into the existing 115-megawatt gas-fired Western 102 power plant.

Northern Nevada’s focus on geothermal power development has allowed the Barrick solar photovoltaic project to grow and become the largest solar project in the area. The project not only cuts energy costs but minimizes operation costs by making use of pre-existing electric transmission lines that serve the gas-fired plant next door.

The Barrick solar project has proven that sustainability and financial viability can coexist in the energy production sector. On behalf of Blue Sky Solar Racing, we would like to once again extend our sincerest gratitude to Barrick Gold for supporting our team and helping us reinvent the future of sustainability.

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Crosslink Technology BBQ

On September 30th, we brought Horizon to Crosslink Technology for their last BBQ of the summer. We got to show Crosslink employees, retirees, and their families our solar car while enjoying some great food. A big thank you to Crosslink Technology for inviting us, showing us around their facilities, and for their generous support!

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CNE Innovation Garage

On August 19-21, we were able to showcase Horizon at the 2016 CNE Innovation Garage. This event was the place to be as we were able to exhibit our solar car among the latest in technology and other innovations. Thank you to the organizers of the CNE Innovation Garage who gave us the opportunity to display our car and we hope to visit the CNE again!

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We’re Back!

University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing and Horizon have successfully finished the American Solar Challenge 2016. Our team placed 3rd out of all the teams that came from the United States, Canada, and Switzerland! Horizon finished the race with a total of 62 hours 11 minutes 03 seconds over the 8 day journey.

We travelled over 1900 miles across the United States of America from Brecksville, Ohio to Hot Springs, South Dakota using solar powered energy. We visited, charged our batteries, raced through and camped at many of the great national parks and historical sites of the areas thanks to the National Park Service. Some of these include the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park,  Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield,  Homestead National Monument of America, Scotts Bluff National Monument and the Wind Cave National Park. We had late nights, tough decisions and cloudy days, but from this entire journey we did not give up and we accomplished a 3rd place finish at ASC.

We all would like to thank our supporters, who have helped us during this project. We could not have done this without you!

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