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Smart Power Team is a group of students - enthusiasts of Student Scientific Association of Machinery Design (SKN MKM), studying at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology.
The organization associates students from various faculties of the University. The core of the group constitutes students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering but there are also students of the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science and Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Together they carry out a project to prepare the cars to compete Shell Eco-marathon. The team also participates in other races and competitions for innovative solutions in automotive engineering, energy efficiency, electric drives and ecological energy sources. The idea of participation in SEM was born in 2011, when work on a conceptual electric vehicle was started. The project was named MuSHELLka in reference to the name of the oil company organizing the competition. From this moment the team has already built several cars and achieved record results.
Shell Eco-marathon is one of the most prestigious competitions for students of technical universities around the world. Everything has started due to an innocent bet between two scientists working in Shell plants in the United States of America in 1939. They argued about the possibilities of covering the longest distance at the specified unit of a specific energy type. Within a few years this idea has evolved into a global competition organized every year in America, Europe and Asia. Only in Europe more than 3000 students from about 27 countries are involved in this event.
The aim of participants of the Shell Eco-marathon is to design, build and participate in the race with as energy efficient vehicle as it is possible. In addition, the teams have to obey the safety rules and must not exceed the time limit.
Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge (H2AC)
H2AC is a competition organised by the Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies company. The main aim is to design and build a remote-controlled vehicle, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.