Let the modifications and machining begin! Steven Taylor of Taylor Marine is a mentor of the Lobo Solar Splash Team and has donated his time and use of his resources to our project. Part of the keel was cut and fiberglass is being placed to increase the speed and maneuverability.
June 5-9, 2018
The third campaign of UNM Solar Splash is in the books. The UNM Solar Splash team invaded Springfield, OH and came away with a 4th place overall finish and gathered 10 total awards. Among the 10 team awards were Outstanding Workmanship, Outstanding Solar Array, Outstanding Electrical System Design, and Most Improved Team which showed how well this team was able to embody the interdisciplinary aspect of the project. The team really came together this year and set a great example for future teams on what teamwork can accomplish. Of course, we would like to extend a special thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters who were with us along the incredible ride. The best thing about Solar Splash is that when one season ends, another begins. The team aims to improve our hull design to continue gaining ground on that blue trophy. Stay tuned!
May 18, 2018
Following graduation, UNM Solar Splash had a big week. The solar panel mount was built in the early part of the week. On Thursday and Friday, the mount was painted copper to match the "Steampunk" theme for the boat, now known as The Regulator. Solar panels were mounted on Friday as well as the cooling system, a project headed by Kevin McConnell and Erich Brown. Keith Soules also remodeled the battery box carriage and mounted it to the boat. Only 2 weeks and change until competition time!
April 17, 2018
Steve and Brigitte Taylor have offered to do some fiberglass work and machining to help our team mount the motors. The boat was left at Taylor Marine and will be picked up later this week. We are extremely thankful to have the Taylor's fervent support throughout this project.
March 27, 2018
Our twin drive motors have officially arrived and we couldn't be more excited to begin the process of mounting them in the boat. The twin drive system will help deliver power and efficiency, as we can use both during the sprint, and disconnect one during the endurance event to increase longevity. Help from the electrical engineers to design a speed control that maximizes battery use will help get the absolute most out of our batteries during the endurance event.
March 20, 2018
Steve Taylor, from Taylor Marine, paid us a visit. He provided valuable knowledge and ideas for various aspects of our project such as mounting our twin motor system to the drive train as well as analysis on the cooling system being designed for the solar panels. Steve has offered to assist in manufacturing a coupler for our drive train-motor connection. We are lucky to have someone so knowledgeable and willing to help. Thank you, Steve!
This year the UNM Mechanical Engineering Department was kind enough to provide us with our very own build space in the Mechanical Engineering Building! Below are some pictures of the space. Some key benefits are:
- Plenty of room to work!
- Our very own office with computer and network capabilities.
- Lots of storage space for tools, equipment, parts, etc.
- Ample counter space for design and assembly.
- Located in the basement of the UNM ME building, proving easy access!
Thank you to the UNM Mechanical Engineering Department for this great opportunity!
The UNM Solar Splash team has acquired a build location to use for the construction and assembly of the 2016 boat. With the help of our generous supporters at Mesa del Sol innovation park, Solar Splash now has a shop to call its own. The Team has been hard at work since they secured this location, and has made large strides in the completion of their craft for the 2016 summer Solar Splash competition.
All of this progress is directly due to the generous sponsorships we have received from a handful of treasured donors.
The electrical engineering department was generous enough to allow us to access their old solar car so that we could use the solar panels. We made a weekend event of it, and pulled the car top off to evaluate the viability of the panels. Luckily, a majority of the panels are still in working order and we were able to remove them from their previous housing.