Volume 13, Number 28
01 May

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Bilkent Team Prepares for Hydro Mobile Competition

A Bilkent team is preparing to represent Bilkent University in the first hydro mobile competition organized by TÜBİTAK (The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey). Hydrogen energy is advantageous compared with other energy resources but it is not commonly used because of the prohibitive costs of producing and storing hydrogen. If the production and storage challenges can be addressed, hydrogen would become the most efficient energy source available. The goal of the competition, to be held in July 2007, is to increase interest in alternative energy resources as cars that utilize hydrogen energy will compete in a Formula One-like race. The Bilkent team, HidromoBilkent, was formed by Bilkent IEEE Society members in August 2006 and team members are students from a number of departments including EE, CHEM, PHYS, IE, ECON, FA, GRA and BF. The team finished the design and construction of the mechanical units of the car (chassis, steering, gears, suspension and braking systems) and is currently working on the integration of the hydrogen fuel cell with the rest of the system. There is fierce competition for the Hidromobil '07 race and a number of other teams representing other universities are receiving significant financial support from their alumni. Therefore, HidromoBilkent is looking for alumni and students who will sponsor and support the HidromoBilkent team financially in this important technological race.

To support the team, contact Atıf Emre Demet (CHEM/I), a_demet@ug.bilkent.edu.tr  or Yaprak Ayazoğlu (EE/IV) ayaprak@ug.bilkent.edu.tr  

Yeşim Şağban (IE/III)

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