Department of Engineering and Design

Student Society: Sussex Power Storm

One of the most exciting projects in our department is the Power Storm project. We are developing a wind-powered vehicle to compete in the Aeolus international Competition. Competing with teams from around the world in several different races to test aspects of the vehicle's design.

In 2018 our Team finished fifth overall in the Racing Aeolus competition and achieved a third place in the drag race. Also setting a personal record of the car travelling at 65% of wind speed at a top speed of 14 mph and generated over 5 kW. The maximum power the turbine can generate is 12 kW or 16 horsepower. The weight of the car is 135 kg, one of the lightest in the competition. We keep improving on the car design, involving students from all engineering degrees. In addition, we are promoting the Widening Participation in Engineering and other STEM subjects to local young people.

Power Storm Car is shown racing wiht a student doing a back flip on the background