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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QFCT has been working hard for the past three months to get ready for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2014!
The competition goal for this year is passing the rigorous SAE electrical safety inspection. We've been designing the electrical and mechanical systems with safety at the forefront of all plans. By designing an EV sled that meets SAE standards, we will have a robust, capable powertrain which can handle the incorporation of a hydrogen PEM fuel cell.
Developments from the summer include our new electric motor test bench, which you can see below. This will allow for a fully controlled environment to test the tractive system.
This bench is designed to hold our 5-module Li-Poly battery system and our AC motor. The battery casing has gone through multiple prototype phases and is now ready for production in its final iteration. The design will make it easy to transfer the skeleton system from the bench onto the snowmobile.
Many parts have come in over the past month and more are set to arrive soon. One that we're particularly excited about is a new 1 kW hydrogen PEM stack from Horizon! This brand-new system will be going into our golf cart, which lost its old stack due to degradation. Expect to see us around campus, emitting only water during our tests. This golf cart project is a great base project for incoming students to get their hands dirty. Simple components and low power but still a big enough challenge for our ambitious team to tackle. Custom Carts has been very informative and helpful with the restoration of our old golf cart, they have almost every part for this type of project.
There's plenty more to talk about, so stay tuned for later updates! A huge thanks to all our sponsors, especially Shell for supporting us through their SELF initiative.
After a long, rewarding week, the competition is over.
It all started with an early morning and after a long drive and a longer wait at the border we checked into the hotel and brought our 12 foot trailer over to the large hanger where all the other teams from around both Canada and the USA were unpacking and running tests on their respective snowmobiles.