Mission & Vision
QFCT has two goals: to develop commercial applications of fuel cells, and to provide a valuable, hands on learning experience for the students involved with the team. By empowering students to design, build and exhibit fuel cell projects, QFCT is fostering student growth as well as the utilization of fuel cell technology. By promoting student and industry growth in the green energy sector, QFCT is ensuring that the future of the world is in good hands.
The Queen's Fuel Cell Team (QFCT) is an interfaculty, undergraduate design team headquartered in the Integrated Learning Centre at Queen's University. Affiliated with the Queen's-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre (FCRC), the Queen's Fuel Cell Team is entirely student run. The primary goal of the team is to provide a hands on learning environment for students, and to harbour relevant projects which can allow for the real world application of classroom skills.
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October 5th, 2015
We are very excited to announce a new sponsorship agreement completed this weekend! Altium has supported us with two licenses of their leading-edge software for PCB design. We are very excited to apply this to our golfcart and other new projects, and look forward to working with their team. More information can be found through the link on our Sponsors tab.
Sept 23rd, 2015
Some new pictures of our golf cart - running on hydrogen! The sensors, monitors, lights, and under-glow are all working perfectly.
We are very excited to announce that we will be showing it off this year at Homecoming. If you come by the University Ave entrance to Grant Hall on the Friday or Saturday, we will be there with our golf cart - please visit us, we are very excited to explain all of the developments of the summer and offer rides.
This year the golf cart will act primarily as a learning tool and a focus for minor projects, though the elec team will be working hard on the programming involved in developing its tribrid system. Right now the flip of a switch changes whether the power is drawn from the fuel cell or just the batteries, but this year we hope to develop a strong control system that will make this decision smartly and improve the efficiency of the vehicle.
More details and progress notes to come!
August 7, 2015
Last weekend on August 1st one of our SWEP students, Ian Lemieux, took the golfcart out to the Princess Street Promenade. It was a great chance to raise awareness and interest about the technology, and about QFCT! Many thanks to our friends at the Queen's Eco-Vehicle Team (QEVT) and Sustainable Kingston for helping us get involved, and to everyone who came by the booth for their questions.
Positions being hired for the operations team include a Marketing Manager, a Sponsorship Co-Manager, a Sponsorship Specialist, an Education Manager and a Graphics and Design Manager.
July 27, 2015
This summer we are very happy to have two SWEP (Student Work Experience Program) students working full time for the team – Mackenzie Wootton and Ian Lemieux. They have been working very hard on two main projects: first, developing introductory courses, tutorials, and organizing other educational resources for team members to learn from this year (developing sort of ELEC 101 and Fuel Cells 101 courses); and second, improving and putting the final touches on the golf cart.
Some background on the golf cart: Our team’s first large project was the conversion of a small golf cart to run with an alkaline fuel cell. Last year this project was started again with the goal of making it run with a new hydrogen system. After about a year and a half of work by our chemical, mechanical, and electrical team members, the golf cart works again. With a 1kW PEM fuel cell from Horizon, the golf cart runs on either battery power or power from the fuel cell – it currently switches back and forth with the flip of a switch, but this year we hope to develop the system further so that it can monitor itself and switch more efficiently.
A lot of the work this summer has focused on improving the safety systems, the organization, and the documentation of the golf cart. The display and auxiliary system have been redone: now the cart has fully functioning lights (tail lights, reverse lights, head lights, lights inside the ‘hood’ that turn on when the seat is lifted), and a complex display system that alerts drivers to every change in the system (a ready to drive sound, voltage and current monitors, etc). Will post another update soon that shows the systems and the new changes in better detail!