• MTAA Super Sol Invictus Team Launch Night

     

    While wrapping up the busy month of May, MTAA Super Sol Invictus hosted a Team Launch Night at the Australian Centre on China in the World. This event officially introduced the 2019 solar car team and recognised the friends and sponsors of Sol Invictus. Both the technical and business team came together to mingle with guests and discuss the project. The 2017 race car and current 2019 car were displayed for everyone to admire and engage with.

     

    Professor Michael Cardew-Hall (ANU Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation), Leeanne Turner (CEO of MTAA Super) and Shane Rattenbury MLA (Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability) shared their involvement and thoughts on the Sol Invictus project. These speakers emphasised the inspiring role the project plays in battling climate change and Canberra’s transition to 100% renewable energy. Avik Mason (Project Lead) also spoke about the team’s efforts and expectations for the upcoming race.

     

    Thank you to our events team for organising this stellar event and all who attended to make it a successful night!

  • Sol Invictus team grows to 29 members strong

    With work ramping up and a Solar Car needing to be built, Sol Invictus has gone on a recruitment drive to capture ANU’s best talent! Sol Invictus is now made up of 29 talented students with a passion for renewable energy and a drive to lead to the team to success in 2019.

     

    The Technical Team is led by seasoned veterans Avik Mason, John Oost and Formula One superstar Jacob Debono. The Business and Sponsorship team is led by 2017 race veteran Zane Mahood and a host of promising new talent. The business team have picked up a ANU’s best from a wide a range of academic disciplines, including Law, Marketing, Finance and Art.

     

    With a mix of everything you could want, the ANU Solar Car Team is itching to head into 2019 and tackle anything thrown at them.

     

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  • Women in STEM

    We visited Hawker College for a day to talk to high school students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics!

    MTAA Super Sol Invictus at Hawker College Women in Engineering event (WINGS)

    Women in Engineering and Computer Sciences (WINGS) event at Hawker College is aimed to encouraging female students ranging from year 10-12 to explore opportunities in the STEM field after graduation. Around 150 female secondary Students from across Hawker College, Canberra High School, Belconnen High School, Kingsford Smith, Lyneham, and Campbell High School participated, and we were lucky to be a part of it. Our female tech members had a blast showing off the MTAA Super Sol Invictus solar car, answering questions and showing their love for engineering to the high school students. 30% of our solar car team is female and most solar car teams in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge actually use female drivers as they need the car to be as aerodynamic as possible, this really excited the girls.

    Overall the day was a huge success with many companies and local university groups, such as us, came and showed these girls how truly awesome it is to be a woman in STEM.

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  • MTAA Super signs as naming sponsors

    And for the second race running we are the "MTAA Super Sol Invictus Team"

    January 2019

    MTAA Super is a national industry-based super fund that has proudly served the motor trades and allied industries for over 25 years. MTAA manages in its members best interests and always has their member’s interests at heart. MTAA is passionate about connecting with its community and has a long history supporting student-run initiatives. MTAA is proud to be the name sponsor for ANU’s MTAA Super Sol Invictus for the fourth year running. Our team wishes to say a huge thank you for supporting us and making our dream possible!.

  • Sol Invictus off to Sizzling Start

    Sol Invictus’ journey to the finish line at Adelaide in 2019 has started off with a sizzle with the team hosting ANUSA’s Universal Lunch Hour late in Semester 2. The team manned the BBQ, chopped the onions, turned some sausages and squeezed some sauce all with a Sol Invictus smile.

     

    Other than being a great opportunity for some hungry students to get a free lunch, the BBQ was a chance for the team to reach out to the wider student body and talk about everything solar car. Business Team Lead Zane Mahood and Events Officer Henry Xu were on hand to spruik up interest and talk about how everyone can get behind the ANU’s Solar Car Team. Many students who hadn’t heard about Solar Car dropped by for a chat and left as a solar car supporter with a full stomach.

     

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  • Diversity at Sol Invictus

    At Sol Invictus, we believe the key to strength is diversity. Diverse teams lead to a diversity of opinions, perspectives, ideas and solutions. When facing particularly difficult problems, diverse teams eliminate the risk of group think, encourage robust debate, challenge the status quo and generate innovative solutions. Consequently, at Sol Invictus we pride ourselves on our diversity.

     

    As of December 2018, 30% of all Sol Invictus members are female and we are actively looking to improve this number. Recognising the challenges female students have in breaking into STEM, Sol Invictus plans to partner with the College of Engineering and Computer Science and other student societies to explore how we can continue to support and encourage diversity and inclusion.

     

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  • The SMART Energy Council of Australia

    To kickoff the month of April, MTAA Sol Invictus brought their solar car to Sydney, acting as a major exhibition piece for the 2019 Smart Energy Conference. Organised by the Australian Smart Energy Council and located in the International Convention Centre, the conference ran from Tuesday 2nd to Wednesday 3rd of April. Per the Smart Energy Council, “A massive (and unstoppable) transformation is currently underway in the energy sector. In 2019 the Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition will focus on the nature and pace of that transformation”. The Australian National University’s Solar Car Team transported their vehicle that competed into the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge into Darling Harbour, networking with other smart energy organisations and communicating our mission and its challenges to our conference peers. The Smart Energy Conference ultimately offered opportunities for both communication experience and growth within the team for all participating members of the MTAA Sol Invictus Team.

  • Chassis

    The intricacies of carbon fibre frames- a day out.

    April 2019

    Earlier this month, the MTAA Super Sol Invictus solar car team was able to spend some time working directly with their chassis manufacturer Sydney Composites which has allowed the students who participated to gain invaluable experience and insight into the process of creating carbon fibre parts. Currently, the chassis is in ‘mould’ phase. Essentially, this involves creating a series of moulds carved out of foam onto which layers of carbon fibre will be placed to create the physical chassis. Creating the moulds involves 2 steps – first creating a full ‘male mould’ out of foam which looks identical to the body of the car. Next, this will be used to create a set of ‘female moulds’ which will be reverses of the male, allowing a much nicer surface finish on the car when the carbon fibre is added. The students involved were making some of the final changes to the male mould, which include adding fibreglass to the foam to provide it some additional thickness and stiffness, as well as marking out the separation points of the parts of the car which will be separated.

  • All About Carbon Fibre...

    Carbon fibre is one of the strongest and most lightweight materials on the market. It is five times stronger than steel and one third its weight. Around 5-10 micrometres in diameter, the fibre is made mostly of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal pattern. The pattern contains layers stacked on top of each other and sheets are crumpled together in an irregular fashion. The material can be thinner than a strand of human hair and forms a robust complex when twisted together like yarn. The woven product can be placed over a mould and coated in resin or plastic. The structure of carbon fibre gives the material high tensile strength, chemical resistance and temperature tolerance. These properties make it very popular and ideal for manufacturing race cars and solar vehicles.
    Carbon fibre is usually crafted from polyacrylonitrile (PAN), a thermoplastic that becomes flexible at high temperatures and hardens upon cooling. PAN strands are heated without oxygen to prevent burning. This causes atoms inside the fibres to vibrate aggressively, expelling the majority of the non-carbon atoms. The product is composed of long and tightly interlocking carbon chains. The fibres are then oxidised so the resin can stick to it.

  • Meet Our Mechanical Co-Lead: Nick Hatala

     

    Nick is a fourth year Bachelor of Engineering student who was born and raised in Canberra. He is double majoring in mechanical and material systems and renewable energy systems, which complements his role at MTAA Super Sol Invictus. He is a self-taught mechanic who enjoys working on his own car and has built his own 3D printer.

    Nick joined the solar car project halfway through 2018, just as we entered the design phase. As one of our mechanical co-leads, he is leading mechanical engineers in the team towards a successful design for the solar car. This involves design manufacturing and reviewing.

    The Sol Invictus project has helped bring Nick’s passion for renewables to life and solidified his choice to become a mechanical engineer. The project has been a fun way for him to apply the skills he’s acquired throughout his degree.

    Fun Fact: Nick used to be a part of Warehouse Circus and can juggle, unicycle and perform acrobatics!

  • Meet Our Tech Shadow Lead: Sophie Burgess

    Sophie is a second year Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development)/Bachelor of Science student from Tasmania. She is majoring in mechanical and materials systems as well as mathematical modelling. She used to be a barista and bartender.

    Sophie joined MTAA Super Sol Invictus in June 2018, during her first year at the ANU. Her role has let her ‘watch and learn’ how the project is lead and helped her develop skills in team management. She is also one of the core designers for the carbon fibre chassis and main communicators with the manufacturer.

    Sol Invictus has been a fantastic opportunity for Sophie to get her name out and a far more holistic experience than she initially thought. It has given her a chance to gain skills from experiences she would never have inside her engineering degree.

    Fun Fact: Sophie is completing a research project on sustainable alternatives for energy storage. She is investigating the potential of hydrogen fuel as a storage system for solar energy.