Partnership with Eurocircuits
It is an absolutely massive undertaking to design, produce and test a solar car in the short period of only 15 months, requiring large intellectual and financial capital.
Hence, our victory in Australia would have been unthinkable without our partners.
We are very grateful to have a well-established partnership with Eurocircuits, supplying us the novel printed circuit boards that our engineers designed to perform the various electronics tasks in the car.
Due to several shortcomings of commercial Battery Management Systems, our electrical department chose to design our own, custom BMS.
All electrical components were thoroughly tested to make sure they can withstand the harsh race throughout the Australian outback.
In order to design the BMS and still leave sufficient time for programming and testing, we had to set early deadlines for its hardware prototypes.
It was a massive help that we could always count on Eurocircuits’ fast and reliable production capabilities, as well as their online PCB Visualizer that helped quickly determining PCB errors.
This enabled us to develop a custom Battery Management System in time that was used during 2019’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, reliably providing us correct State-of-Charge (battery %) estimations and cell measurements, which were important factors to determine the optimal race strategy and by extent contribute to our world title.
Thank you Eurocircuits