The Queen’s Solar Design Team is proud to have a rich history in innovation and design through its origins as the Queen’s Solar Vehicle Team (QSVT). The team designed and built a total of 11 solar vehicles, setting numerous records, including a Guinness World Record for the longest journey in a solar vehicle in 2000 as well as placing first at five separate Solar Car Challenges.
Moreover, with nearly two hundred students having worked with the organization, QSVT now touts an impressive group of alumni found in some of the world’s most prestigious engineering firms.
After reaching the pinnacle of solar racing, our team was ready to face a new challenge – the design and construction of a sustainable, energy-efficient, and affordable home. In 2013, working in tandem with Carleton University and Algonquin College, QSDT competed in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. This unique event allowed us to compete alongside many of the world’s foremost universities. Our net-zero solar home, named “ECHO,” was met with much acclaim, and finished first in Engineering.
QSDT’s current goal is to not only create a net-zero home, but a fully autonomous home here at Queen’s. The home, QSEC, will function completely off the grid using a wide array of advanced and sustainable technologies. QSEC will be powered by an independent photovoltaic and battery system, an integrated HVAC and hot water system heated with solar thermal technology, as well as rainwater collection, storage and filtration systems making use of grey water runoff and compost to nourish the homes flora.
Lastly, QSDT seeks to educate the public to demand more from the next generation of homes. The QSEC will host tours continuously throughout the coming year to teach the importance of sustainable living and the power of solar energy.
If you would like to get involved or have any questions contact the address below, or visit our website.