Engineering students from Calgary have figured out how to convert all-terrain vehicles to solar power. They hope the innovation will benefit indigenous and remote communities in Canada’s North. Henry Penn from the Arctic Institute of North America’s Kluane Lake Research Station wanted to find a way to convert a gas-powered Kubota mid-sized utility vehicle.
So students from the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering decided to help with the request. Jasmine McDermott, Austin Bercier, Wylie Pietsch, Marlin Sako, Alejandro Sulbaran and Natasha Eden were looking for a project that can help their communities. McDermott said “We wanted to do a project that was relevant to us,”
All-terrain vehicles are a necessity of life in the North to transport people and goods around very isolated landscapes in the world. Solar batteries will have been able to run the ATV for at least 90 minutes and recharging simply involves plugging it into a regular power outlet, McDermott explained.
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