3D Printing at the Bluewater Technology Access Centre

With the development of technologies such as 3D printing, Blue Sky Solar Racing is always striving to maximize performance. This year we have gotten the chance to learn more about 3D printing technology, how it works, and how we can leverage it appropriately. With the help of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC), we were able to explore 3D printing more in depth during this race cycle.

BTAC is located in Sarnia, Ontario, and serves as Lambton College’s frontline for industry innovation and 3D printing. BTAC allows for the design and development of products, parts, or prototypes faster than ever before, thanks to their precision 3D printing technology using selective laser sintering (Formiga 110). They also have an extensive collection of 3D scanning equipment (FARO HD laser scanner, FARO Edge arm and FARO Vantage laser tracker), as well as 3D design capabilities with Solidworks and Spaceclaim software.

For more information on BTAC or their services, please contact Rick Williston, BTAC Project Manager (226-778-0045).
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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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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!