The day started very early with the team gathering at 5am to drive our solar car, Valkyrie, from the Edgerton shop to the MIT energy conference held at Westin Copley Place in Boston. The three car caravan included a lead car, a truck pulling a trailer and a chase car. Valkyrie was carefully unloaded from the trailer and brought up via elevator into the display area.
After catching up on missed sleep some team members returned to the conference around 11am to talk to the conference attendees as they broke for lunch. Later in the afternoon more team members joined for the evening expo. Various energy companies representatives, executives, scientists and the general public wandered around the various booths set up. The team shared our experience building Valkyrie so far and our plans for the American Solar Challenge. People were excited about what we are doing and expressed support and encouragement. The team got to meet some very interested company representatives and even the founders of some energy start ups!
The conference ended at 8pm and Valkyrie was loaded back into the trailer and taken across the Charles river back to MIT where the work continues.
Post written by Michelle Chao.