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.
QFCT has teams dedicated to designing electrical, mechanical and fuel cell stack systems. In addition, QFCT also has IT, finance, sponsorship and marketing teams, allowing for the concurrent development of engineering and commerce skills. Working with the team exposes students to numerous real world challenges, such as budgetary constraints, working with project teams and adherence to strict deadlines. In addition, students may also spend time working with QFCT for course credit. The Fuel Cell Team offers many exciting challenges, which can be applied towards credits in engineering design courses.
QFCT's current focus is to build the world's first fuel cell powered snowmobile. The project was initiated in the 2009-2010 school year, and is nearing completion, with an expected finish date of early 2014. Upon completion, the snowmobile will compete in the 2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Technical University.