The solar boat Hyperion could grab it all

The 23rd Génégéniale Engineering Show at the Université de Sherbrooke takes on a special character this year. Among the projects presented, there is Hyperion, which could bring a good visibility to the UdeS. The project coordinator, Vincent Côté, is aiming for nothing less than the first place in the Solar Splash competition in which Hyperion will participate in 2018.

The Hyperion project involves building a solar boat. Final year engineering students made this boat from scratch. What turned out to be a long process for the team members. “We started two years ago,” says Vincent Côté. Since we designed everything ourselves, we think we will be able to play directly on the specifications of the competition. We are exactly where we should be. The other teams are buying components, while we are designing everything, “he continues.

The mechanical engineering and electrical engineering project at the Université de Sherbrooke will be the only Canadian representative of the Solar Splash competition, which will take place next June in Ohio. “We are a group of 18 who are all working for the same goal. We want to win the competition and we want to break the records. The competition has two events: sprint and endurance, “explains Vincent Côté.

The boat, which reaches 70 km / h, cost about $ 70,000. “We went looking for suppliers all over Estrie! “Says Mr. Côté.

The Solar Splash competition brings together several universities from North America. “Usually, when we go to international competitions, it is to win,” says the communications consultant at the University of Sherbrooke, Marty-Kanatakhatsus Meunier.

The exhibition

In addition to the Hyperion project, 32 other projects are presented to the public during the Megagéniale exhibition. Marty-Kanatakhatsus Meunier is proud of the projects of the Université de Sherbrooke students. “We have our six genius programs that showcase their work. Projects take between one and two years before coming to term, “he says.

New this year: a kiosk in civil engineering is open to visitors. “There is an immersive kiosk in civil engineering. People can put an augmented reality headset and can see what the students have done. There are bridges, infrastructure and buildings, among others. People can move around in space with their helmets to experiment with each project, “says Meunier.

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