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Linear Technology in a Time of Need

Sunday, March 11th, 2012


Last week, we were working on improving our Battery Monitoring System, and ran into a few problems. High voltage went a few places that it wasn’t supposed to, and we were left with several boards in less-than-perfect working condition. The damaged boards were manufactured by Linear Technology, and were used to individually monitor each battery cell module in our battery box. Each board would read the voltage of a dozen modules and constantly balance them to prevent overcharging or undercharging any cells. Our car has 35 battery modules, each of them at a nominal 3.6V. After working on the problems for several days, we came to the conclusion that we really needed new boards. The problems were severe enough that we had neither the time nor the materials in-house to repair our damaged boards.

At this point it was Wednesday night, and we really wanted to get Impulse running by Friday. We were swiftly running out of time. In desperation, I reached out to my contact at Linear Technology to see if he could secure new boards for us at such short notice. He called me up Thursday morning telling me that he had the boards, and I could come and get them. I drove down from Berkeley to Linear’s headquarters, picked up the replacement boards, drove back to Berkeley, and installed the brand new boards in our car. A few short hours later, we were once again able to monitor and balance all of our battery cells. Thanks to the great people at Linear, our battery system is operational and working better than ever before.

People’s Car and People’s University

Friday, March 9th, 2012

CalSol drove down with Impulse to the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab today to give an end-of-year presentation on what we have learned, how much we have grown, how far we have come, and where we are heading next.  We’d like to thank everyone at the ERL for being there, supporting us, and inspiring us to dream big.  Additionally, we’d like to give a special thanks to Matt Montgomery for handling all of the logistical details of today; it was an amazing  meeting and CalSol had a blast!  With that said, we look forward to the continuing collaboration between People’s Car and People’s University…and GO BEARS!

A Belated Thank-You to SunPower

Monday, March 5th, 2012

On August 19th of last year, literally days before the car shipped off across the Pacific Ocean, SunPower courteously invited us to an ice cream social event they were having at Richmond their office to wish Impulse bon voyage.  We were very honored to be there and extremely surprised to be welcomed by nearly 200 SunPower employees with some overwhelming enthusiasm (which we really loved)!

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Sign all the things!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Well,  CalSol has been signing a lot of paperwork, but there are also a lot of signs and decals that Star Link Co. had generously donated to us for the World Solar Challenge.  These include decals, magnetic signs, window signs, and banners for Impulse and the convoy.  Some of these decals were required by the WSC and were realized relatively last-minute, so if it were not for Star Link, we would have not been able to rayce!

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Thank you, Zipcar!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

CalSol was recently selected as a finalist in the Zipcar “Students with Drive” campaign! Our team would like to thank Zipcar for donating $1000 of Zipcar credits. CalSol’s workshop locates at the Richmond Field Station which is approximately 20 minutes away from campus with traffic, and this support will greatly ease transportation arrangements for team members.

However, our work is not done! As one of the finalists selected for the month of February, CalSol has the opportunity to win more support from Zipcar.
You can help CalSol win up to a total of $15,500 by following these easy steps:

  1. Click on the following link: http://bit.ly/nlbIw8
  2. Log in your Facebook account
  3. Click on the green “vote” button
  4. Add the “Zipcar: Students with Drive” application on Facebook
  5. Select “CalSol” under the Academic group and submit your vote!
  6. Each person can only vote once, so now your job is to spread the word!

Tell you friends!  Tell your family!  Tell your colleagues!  Tell your professors and classmates!  Voting is ending in 12 hours, so start spreading the word now!

We thank you for your support and GO BEARS!

A Visit From Toshiba

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Marc using our sponsored Portege intensely

At the end of January, CalSol had the privilege of hosting Josh Stempel of Toshiba. Toshiba has been an incredible sponsor, and we were thrilled to finally have one of their team members visiting us here in Berkeley.

Recently, CalSol has also been teaming up with Toshiba to organize a campus wide battery and electronics drive.  Alongside Berkeley’s Green the Greeks organization, CalSol is working to increase awareness for sustainable technology and environmental awareness. The battery and electronics drive will launch in early March, and conclude around Earth Day in April. Be sure to come back and check out our blog for more information later on!

We hope that Toshiba had a great time visiting the Richmond Field Station and seeing Impulse in person for the first time!