”The most fun on the
whole engineering program”
Luleå University of Technology and their vehicle Acus did not win Delsbo Electric, but for students Robin Nykänen and Eskil Svensson the contest was the highlight of their engineering education.
- It was the most fun course I had, we got to compete, meet new people and work with classmates, says Eskil Svensson, who is a second year student. He participated in Delsbo Electric along with ten other students in the framework of the course in Sustainable Energy.
The course comprises 7.5 credits, however students spend many more hours than expected on the project - Eskil Svensson who was the project manager for the Luleå vehicle Acus spent at least 200 hours to design, measure and build the vehicle.
- You learn the importance of cooperation and problem solving. It’s very difficult to solve a problem when certain skills are lacking, so we had to look outside of our group for knowledge in electronics and electronic circuitry, says Robin Nykänen.
The hardest and most fun challenge was to construct the regenerative braking system that would slow down Acus at the finish line. It turned out that the driver managed to drive so energy efficiently that the system was not needed to be used and Acus crossed the line in third place with energy consumption of 1.23 Wh per person per km. Next year, other students will continue the challenge of building the world’s most economical vehicles.
- We can definitely recommend the
competition to other students.
Robin Nykänen and Eskil Svensson at Luleå University of Technology.