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Season finale: The World Solar Challenge: Overview and experience of Solar Team Great Britain

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Rounding off the Bristol Network season, Steven Heape introduces the new Solar Team Great Britain and their efforts to build a car to enter the World Solar Challenge. Followed by the annual BBQ.

Date and Time

18 June 2018 - 17:45-20:00


Bristol, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SW:Bristol local network.

About this event

In the finale of the Bristol Local Network 2017-18 event season, we will have a recap of activities over the last year and plans for the coming season, followed by Steven Heape's presentation on Solar Team Great Britain and their plans to compete in the World Solar Challenge.

The World Solar Challenge, which started in 1987, is an engineering design challenge that sees teams from around the World compete to cross 3000km of Australian desert from Darwin to Adelaide. Solar Team Great Britain, based in the South West, was created in 2015 to design and build a Cruiser Class car for entry in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. This lecture gives and overview of the World Solar Challenge, the next one taking place in October 2019, and Solar Team Great Britain’s experience in the challenges and complexities of attempting to participate in this global event and generating wider STEM value to inspire young engineers.

The event will finish with a FREE BBQ and networking session.


1730-1745 - Bristol Network committee meeting.
1745-1800 - AGM (all welcome)
1800-1900 - Lecture: Solar Team GB
1900-2000 - Barbecue and networking

Reasons to attend

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

Additional information

About the Speaker

Steven is a Chartered Engineer with the IET. He began his career in the late 1990s in industrial control engineering, specialising in high speed machinery control (motion control, servo drive systems, etc). He worked in this field for ten years and being passionate about sustainable energy, studied for an MSc in Renewable Energy and moved into consulting in 2008. He has worked extensively across the UK Public Sector on large scale strategic energy projects. Drawing on his experience in these two fields, together and his enthusiasm for STEM engagement and following participation in the World Solar Challenge as an observer in 2015, Steven founded Solar Team Great Britain.


Engineers' House
The Promenade
Bristol BS8 3NB

Registration information

To allow us to plan catering, please register online using the link below.


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