JU Solar Team up and running again: "Always an adventure"
JU Solar Team is up and running again and the end goal is to compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in October next year.
“It is always an adventure to design a new car with a new team”, says Magnus Andersson, project manager for JU Solar Team.
Last week, the JU Solar Team had its startup meeting for 2020/21. 16 students are part of the team and one of the newcomers is Josef Wernersson, who last year participated in Chalmers solar car project.
“I worked a lot with electronics on Chalmers’ solar car and hope to be able to use my experiences and contribute with some tips and tricks in JU Solar Team,” says Josef Wernersson.
Josef Wernersson is happy to switch teams to JU Solar Team and thinks that they will beat Chalmers in Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia next year.
“JU has better experiences and better resources in this area,” he says.
Erika Willumsen, in the JU Solar Teams marketing group, joined the JU Solar Team to become part of a project that can give her a chance to try out what working life is like.
“You get in touch with many companies and I wanted to collaborate with students that study different programmes at JU,” she says.
"To ensure that the project really takes off"
Erika Willumsen says that the marketing team will support the mechanics team by meeting their needs.
“I hope to be able to help find companies that can support us and provide what is missing to ensure that the project really takes off,” she says.
She thinks that the most fun part of the project is the contact with companies and she says that they treat JU Solar Team like any other business partner.
“I'm not afraid to do all that stuff; talk to a board about why we do this and what it's good for,” says Erika Willumsen.
For Oskar Ogarp, it is the first time he is part of the JU Solar Team. Among other things, he has built an electric long board and worked as a assembler at Volvo and SKF. He thinks it is cool to work with future technology and, in addition to contributing with his knowledge in assembly and mechanics, he’ll also contribute with a good mood.
Magnus Andersson is the project manager for JU Solar Team. He thinks it is fun to form a new team to share successes and setbacks with. Initially, the participants will try to find their place in the team where they can contribute the most. They will also work with ideas and prototypes for the solar car. After the Christmas holidays the construction of the car will begin, and the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia will take place 22-30 October next year.