History

Team Sunergy began in Fall 2013 as a class project to build a solar-powered golf cart designed for race competition. Students quickly learned their goal was not just hypothetical.

Rather, they learned technology supports solar-powered transportation and that a group of passionate individuals can overcome any obstacles.

Over the next three years, team members researched competitions and the equipment needed to compete. They wrote grant proposals. They recruited peers from across Appalachian’s majors to create a well-functioning, interdisciplinary team.

A donated shell from Iowa State University led to the team’s first competition-ready solar car, Apperion. The team competed in the 2016’s Formula Sun Grand Prix and American Solar Challenge, placing third and sixth respectively. A second-place finish in 2017’s Formula Sun Grand Prix followed. The team has a two-person cruiser car in the works for 2018.

Sun, energy, plus synergy = Team Sunergy

“That explains us perfectly, because we have multiple majors from all over campus working towards one common goal.” – Project Director Dan Blakeley

Fall 2013

Spring 2014

Summer 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

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Fall 2015- Spring 2016

Summer 2016

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Fall 2016-Spring 17

Summer 2017

Fall 2017