OCE Discovery 2017

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Big thanks to Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference for inviting the Blue Sky Solar Racing team and our 8th generation solar-powered vehicle, Horizon, to exhibit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre earlier this week! The event was a great opportunity to talk to industry leaders, creators, and fellow students about what we do. We also had an excellent time learning more about other innovative projects, cutting-edge technology, and research in fields like medicine, cleantech, and digital media.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by throughout the two day event! If you have any other questions or want to follow our progress, you can find updates on flickr and facebook, along with pictures from the conference.
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B-7 at Phoenix Contact’s Energy Event 2015

On May 28th, the team headed to Milton to bring B-7 to one of our sponsors, Phoenix Contact. We were generously invited to take part and present in Phoenix Contact's Energy Event 2015.

For this cycle, Phoenix Contact kindly sponsored us with PCB connectors and connecting wires between different power lines. We used Phoenix Contact connectors in B-7 and found that they were able to maintain functionality and robustness even when exposed to extreme heat and vibration during the 3,000km race in Australia.. These connectors were also manufactured with high quality shielding which resulted in clean, low-noise signals in our testing phase.

At the event, we were also kindly provided with the opportunity to deliver a presentation about the team . Our managing director, Zhe Gong, talked about some of the technical and developmental challenges the team faces throughout the project cycle as well as the success of B-7 at the 2013 World Solar Challenge.

We also had the chance to take out B-7 on a beautiful sunny day and answered some questions about the aerodynamic shape, choice of materials, the design and fabrication processes, and the race.

On behalf of everyone on the Blue Sky Solar Racing team, we’d like to thank Phoenix Contact for their continued support and for having us at the 2015 Energy Event!

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B-7 attends Canada’s largest solar industry event

On December 8 and December 9, B-7 attended our last event of the year – Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) Solar Canada Conference 2014, Canada’s largest solar industry event, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Over the course of the two days, team members had the unique opportunity to network with professionals, stakeholders, and advocates in the solar energy industry. The conference was host to over 200 exhibitors with expertise in energy policy, electricity storage, and various innovative energy solutions. It was a great experience as we learned about a number of existing and emerging solar technologies from across Canada and around the world.

B-7 attracted plenty of interest from conference attendees and other exhibitors who were intent to hear about the project and our success at the 2013 World Solar Challenge. We were thrilled to meet many people who share in our vision for a sustainable future.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see B-7 and talk about the project. We’d also like to say a sincere thank you to CanSIA for allowing us to exhibit our solar vehicle!

The team is very busy as construction of our next generation solar vehicle is set to begin in early 2015. However, we will be attending a number of exciting events throughout 2015 so stay tuned!

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2015 Race, Honda Indy Toronto, Motorexpo

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We can now say that we are officially in race mode! Earlier in June, World Solar Challenge released the 2015 race regulations and since then the team has been working tirelessly on designing the new vehicle. Our team has always placed strong emphasis on education, innovation and excellence; And once again, we are pursuing the project with the same mindset. So far, we have made a number of decisions regarding aerobody, solar array, the electrical and mechanical systems based on performance gain and cost. The team has never been more excited going forward!

That said, to accommodate the team’s busy summer, we will be taking B-7 to her last major event for this summer – Honda Indy Toronto! Honda Indy Toronto is Ontario’s largest annual sporting event, held at the Exhibition Place from Friday July 18 to Sunday July 20. The event will feature two full length IndyCar races, on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to world-class racing, the event is accompanied by six festivals featuring craft beer, food trucks, interactive games and activities, live entertainment, charity events, and celebrity appearances. Don’t miss this action-packed weekend and your last chance to see B-7 in action this summer!

We’d like to say a sincere thank you to Motorexpo for having us at the Toronto Motorexpo 2014 at Brookfield Place from June 23 – June 27. The 2014 Toronto Motorexpo is the fourth annual automotive showcase where visitors had unrivalled access to some of the world’s most exciting vehicles. We were thrilled to display B-7 among some of the world’s most prestigious vehicles including Tesla and Red Bull Racing.