COE Future Energy Challenge Team wins 2004 American Tour de Sol Hydrogen Award
COE's Future Energy Challenge Team took first place in the Hydrogen Vehicle Category with its Corbin Sparrow, a fuel cell-powered, three-wheeled electric vehicle renamed the Zero Carbon Car. The commuter produces no associated carbon dioxide emissions.
The Tour de Sol also awarded UW its coveted "Technology Innovation" award for demonstrating the ultimate goal of the Tour de Sol. At each stopover, the team generated hydrogen from wind and solar which it stored on board in hydrides. The hydrides were later used to fuel the hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system.
Students modified the vehicle as part of the Future Energy Challenge. Their system used on-board (stationary) charging resources including at folded 250-watt solar panel, a folded 400-wind generator/tower, and a 1.2-kW Ballard Nexa fuel cell.
The UW-Madison team also achieved the highest score for its interactive educational display impressing many thousands at fairs in Burlington, N.J.; Trenton, N.J.; and South Street Market in Manhattan.