The GTR concept vehicle will be designed and built to explore concepts to address current global issues associated with transportation. These challenges include the reduction in supply of fossil fuel resources, poor air quality and pollution due to automotive emissions, the rising costs of automobile ownership, and growing urban congestion due to increasing numbers of automobiles. There is an emerging interest in the development of a class of automobiles which attempt to reduce size, while maintaining comfort associated with traditional vehicles. The GTR is innovative among the specific category of Tilting Three Wheel Vehicles in that the simplified chassis design allows for multiple methods of power generation to be explored, with a trend toward non-petroleum based power.
The Thermal Solar Power project is investigating alternative methods of generating usable electricity from sunlight. Unlike solar panels that use the photoelectric energy of light to produce electricity, the Thermal Solar Power project uses heat from focused sunlight to operate a Stirling engine which in turn generates electricity. This method of solar power generation offers the possibility of cheaper, more efficient solar power.
As student participation expands, we are also looking at other potential projects. Please view the Project Proposals page for more details.
Engineers are almost always involved in the design of future products. These products can either contribute to the degradation of the world in which we live, or enhance quality of life for us as well as our children and future generations. ETHOS is committed to increasing awareness among engineering students and the engineering profession as a whole, regarding the responsibility we have in shaping the future of the world.
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