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Canada's Calgary students develop new way to run all-terrain vehicles on renewable energy Canada
Representative image of all-terrain vehicle/credit: Unsplash/Karim Manjra

Canada's Calgary students develop new way to run all-terrain vehicles on renewable energy

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Apr 2022, 10:57 pm

Calgary/IBNS: Conversion of all-terrain vehicles to solar power has reportedly been figured out by some engineering students in Calgary, who hoped it will benefit indigenous and remote communities in Canada’s North.

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), as well as utility-task vehicles, are used in the North to transport people and goods around some of the most isolated landscapes in the world.

Dr. Henry Penn from the Arctic Institute of North America’s Kluane Lake Research Station, 220 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse, wanted to find a way to convert a gas-powered Kubota mid-sized utility vehicle used at the station to an electric motor.

Dr. Penn in partnership University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering began to develop this project, with adviser Kerry Black, assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in the department of civil engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering, who had vast experience working on urgent and pressing infrastructure issues across Canada for Indigenous communities.

The ATV which has been shipped back to the Yukon research station would be on display at a conference on renewables in remote communities in Whitehorse in a couple of weeks.

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)