The École de technologie supérieure is a university located in downtown Montreal and the 2nd in Canada to train future engineers.
ÉTS has an approach focused on the practical aspect that is found in industry and is recognized, among other things, for the many student groups that shine in international competitions. These clubs allow much more than to simply applying the notions seen in class. Large-scale projects are a complete experience that faithfully approximates reality in industry.
AMERICAN SOLAR CHALLENGE
The American Solar Challenge, ASC, is a typical car race to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars. Teams from all over the world are vying for a heated battle on a course of approximately 2,800 km in the United States.
To qualify and take part in the competition, cars must first perform and prove themselves on a closed circuit. Once the steering, braking, acceleration and other systems are accepted, the cars hit the race track and put their aerodynamics and efficiency to the test in order to get the best cumulative time and run away with the win!
BRIDGESTONE WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (WSC) is an internationally renowned race that involves crossing the Australian continent. The university teams leave from Darwin, located in the north of the country, to go to Adelaide, some 3,000 km below.
Solar cars must manage a combination of factors such as dust, wind, sand, heat and sun to cross the finish line first and take top honors!
190 KG VEHICLE MASS
4m^2 OF SOLAR PANELS (Si)
24.3% PANEL EFFICIENCY
120 KM/H MAX SPEED
20 KG Li-ion - 5 KWH CAPACITY-
Designed in 2017 and manufactured in 2018, the Eclipse team created a catamaran-style vehicle with a carbon fiber monocoque.
Eclipse 10's first competition was at the 2018 American Solar Challenge. The team ranked in 3rd place.
In 2019 at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, Eclipse 10 was the first Canadian solar vehicle to finish the rally. The team ranked as 1st Canadian team, 2nd North American team and 9th overall.
After participating in numerous visits to various trade fairs and events, the last time Eclipse 10 participated in competition was at the American Solar Challenge in 2022 to train the next generation of the team to face new challenges.
The design of Eclipse 9 marks a return to basics for the ÉTS team. After the hard financial and logistical ordeal that was Eclipse 8, the birth of a new prototype was the key to putting the project back on the path to success. The car was designed by combining the ultra-safe regulations of the ASC with the more modern regulations of the WSC.
The team was therefore forced to make a vehicle with 4 wheels and a length of 4.5 meters which can accommodate a driver in a seated position. It is thanks to the participation of important partners that the Eclipse 9 team managed to make a light and efficient vehicle while learning a lot about the foundations of solar car design.
8th at ASC 2016, 4th at FSGP 2017 and Sportsmanship Award at FSGP 2017 due to the team's positive and competitive attitude throughout the event.
220 KG VEHICLE MASS
6m^2 OF SOLAR PANELS (Si)
23.3% PANEL EFFICIENCY
110 KM/H MAX SPEED
20 KG Li-ion - 5 KWH CAPACITY-
The Eclipse 8 team has been faced with all kinds of challenges during its journey which has led it to participate in two major competitions on two different continents in less than 8 months.
Faced with very strict schedule and budget constraints, the team opted for an extraordinary design with a tubular steel frame that completely encloses the driver. The prototype could then easily be modified for subsequent use during the American Solar Challenge 2014, compared to a prototype of a composite monocoque design.
Eclipse 8 therefore participated in the 2013 World Solar Challenge and obtained the best result in the history of ÉTS in this competition, despite engine problems that limited its cruising speed to approximately 55 km/h. 18th at the 2013 WSC and 9th at the 2014 ASC.