I joined the University of Calgary Solar Car Team in my first semester of university for a chance to learn things, gain practical experience, and meet people that share my interests. Near the end of 2011 the car ended up being the top Canadian team in a 3000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia. We met up at a shop on campus every Saturday to work on the new Generation 4 of the solar car.
My job was to design and build the MPPTs (Maximum Power Point Trackers) for the new generation solar car. An MPPT squeezes as much power out of the solar cells as possible. Without them the solar array is very inefficient. The Generation 4 car, Schulich Delta (pictured above) uses 7 of them, one per section of solar cells with similar lighting conditions. Pictures of our MPPT are to the left and right.