Cruiser Class Participation in BWSC19

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Over the weekend, ArrowSTF (our cruiser vehicle) had a mechanical issue during testing which led to STF sustaining damage to the front of the vehicle. Due to the vehicles solid design, no one was harmed in the incident. The damage to STF however, extends to the custom solar panels, suspension, steering and chassis and we are unable to repair this in time for the 2019 World Solar Challenge. 

As such, we are pulling out of the Cruiser class for the 2019 World Solar Challenge. 

However, there is some good news! 

We have Arrow1 – our single seater vehicle from 2013 and 2015 World Solar Challenges. Arrow1 is in a suitable state for us to enter the Adventure class for 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The team is looking forward to still being able to participate in the challenge and has already begun the preparations for this vehicle. 

The team would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and the BWSC Officials for their support during this challenging time. Everyone in the team is rising to the challenge ahead of us and looking forward to meeting the other teams in Darwin.

See you all in Darwin!

Aussie teams power up on home grown technology

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Media Release 

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Australian teams competing in the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) in October this year will be packing a power-filled punch under their solar hoods when they line up on the starting grid, thanks to technology developed in Brisbane.

Clenergy Team Arrow, one of Australia’s most successful solar electric racing teams, has drawn on its BWSC experience to invent, through its spin-off commercial arm Prohelion, a specialist, high-powered, ultra-lightweight, lithium battery ‘power pack’ with an emphasis on performance and safety.

The first to receive this potentially game-changing technology against the world’s best, outside of ‘camp Arrow’, is the new five-state, national, Australian Technology Network (ATN) Solar Car Team.

At the official hand-over on Wednesday 23 January, Cameron Tuesley, Team Arrow Founder and Managing Director of IT provider, Integral, where Prohelion is headquartered, said from the beginning, the vision has been to commercialise and share energy solutions beyond his own team.

‘What we’re attempting is to deliver practical battery systems that could make their way into the mainstream. By collaborating with teams like the ATN Solar Car Team and using a 3,000-kilometre event as a live proving ground, we can demonstrate just how good our local tech is,’ Mr Tuesley said.

‘Safety is paramount, it’s not simply a matter of hooking up hundreds of lithium-ion batteries to get optimum power to your vehicle. These power packs are fully integrated with inbuilt Battery and Cell Management Units with software, control, cooling and safety systems to keep things on track,’ he said.

Andrew Carr, Systems Engineer for the ATN Solar Car Team and IT and Electrical Engineering Student from Queensland University of Technology, said as a first-time team, he and his ATN Solar Car teammates quickly identified battery pressure points and the potential benefits of working with a supplier who had a track record of both safety and success.

‘Working together across the country, the ATN Solar Car Team is all about collaboration. Our model is practical research and real-world industry knowledge working alongside student innovation. We don’t need to design a battery system from scratch if there’s already an ideal solution – it just makes sense to work together,’ Mr Carr said.

‘We want to show that Australian manufacturing, technology and inventiveness can match with the big-budget teams on a global scale. We think the Prohelion Power Pack is an important part of our BWSC journey’ Andrew said.

BWSC Event Director, Chris Selwood said he was delighted Australian teams were collaborating. The Cruiser Class has always been about taking this technology to everyday vehicles, and here we have some of the best minds in Australia working to make that a reality.

IntelliDesign Sponsors Domino’s TeamArrow

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As we continue with our preparations for the 2018 European Solar Challenge in September, we are delighted to inform you that IntelliDesign has joined our solar car family as a sponsor of Domino’s TeamArrow!

IntelliDesign specialise is Electronic Design and Manufacture across a variety of industries including rail, medical, defence and mining in South East Queensland and Australia.

Frank Harrington from IntelliDesign shared “IntelliDesign are proud to support Domino’s TeamArrow in their European Solar Challenge of pushing the boundaries in solar and renewables technologies. IntelliDesign are all about pushing electronic engineering boundaries which makes a great partnership between Team Arrow and IntelliDesign.”

Sam Mostert, Anika Ensinger and Frank Harrington from IntelliDesign view Arrow1’s new Domino’s TeamArrow livery.

IntelliDesign employees Sam Mostert and Anika Ensinger are valuable members of our team are a thrilled to be representing IntelliDesign, TeamArrow and Australia in September.



Announcing Domino’s TeamArrow and the 2018 iLumen European Solar Challenge

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We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Domino’s to participate in the 2018 iLumen European Solar Challenge! Domino’s TeamArrow will be Australia’s first representatives at the European Solar Challenge – a flag we wear with pride.

Domino’s has a passion for technology developments, finding ways to utilise green technology with their pizza delivery. Domino’s also utilises a variety of technologies to improve pizza quality and customers ability to track pizza delivery. One of Domino’s values is “Incentivise what you want to change” – something that Team Arrow also stands for. We are very excited to work with Domino’s over the next few months as we prepare and participate in the 2018 iLumen Solar Challenge!

The 2018 iLumen European Solar Challenge (iESC) will be held in Belgium from the 21st till the 23rd of September. Arrow1 has a proven track record in efficiency events including the 2013 and 2015 World Solar Challenges and the 2015 Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. Our challenge team is undertaking the final preparations on Arrow1 before it will be shipped to Belgium in a few week’s time.

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Welcome Domino’s to the Team Arrow family and thank all our supporters leading up to the 2018 iESC. We look forward to sharing the European Solar Challenge with you over the next few months.