Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.93
Liaison Jim Dees
Submission Date April 19, 2019
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Appalachian State University
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Solar Vehicle Team

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Team Sunergy is comprised of students from various disciplines, spread across Appalachian State University's very diverse campus, working together for one common goal: to research and develop solar-powered race cars. Combining racing and sustainability seems like a perfect fit for Team Sunergy to invest their time and effort into; due to their unique location in the heartland of racing and their support of Appalachian State's initiatives to become a leader in renewable and sustainable energy.

In their first year of competition in 2016, the team met with unprecedented success. In the Formula Sun Grand Prix, a lap race, the team finished third place with their car Apperion. They also competed in the American Solar Challenge, which took place over 1,975 miles of highway spanning from Brecksville, Ohio to Hot Springs, South Dakota and finished in sixth place. The latest race, July 3-9, 2017, they placed second in Austin, Texas at the Formula Sun Grand Prix!

Team Sunergy is currently in the design process of our next generation solar vehicle. This car will be designed with the everyday driver in mind and will feature many of the amenities not normally found in solar vehicle racing like headlights, windshield wipers, and trunk space. The team works on a two-year build cycle and plans to have the new car ready to race in The American Solar Challenge in the summer of 2018. The car will be designed, built, and tested by students and will provide many opportunities for hands-on learning and professional development.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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