The Queen's Solar Design Team (2008-pres.)

After reaching the pinnacle of solar racing, our team was ready to face a new challenge - the design and construction of a sustainable, energy-efficient, and affordable home. We worked tirelessly to develop a strong concept and made remarkable progress. In 2013, working in tandem with Carleton University and Algonquin College, we made a successful bid to compete in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.


This unique event allowed us to compete alongside many of the world's foremost universities. Our net-zero solar home, named "ECHO," was met with much acclaim, and finished first in Engineering.

The Queen's Solar Vehicle Team (1988-2008)

The Queen’s Solar Design Team is proud to have a rich history in innovation and design through its origins as the Queen’s Solar Vehicle Team (QSVT). The team designed and built a total of 11 solar vehicles, setting numerous records, including a Guinness World Record for the longest journey in a solar vehicle in 2000. The team also placed first at many events, including:

  • The Great Canadian Solar Challenge (1988)

  • The Canadian Solar Discovery Challenge (1997)

  • The World Solar Challenge (2003)

  • The American Solar Challenge (2003)

  • The North American Solar Challenge (2005)


Moreover, with nearly two hundred students having worked with the organization, QSVT now touts an impressive group of alumni found in some of the world's most prestigious engineering firms.



In the summer of 2018, we hosted upwards of 12 workshops and camps at the QSEC.


In 2013, the Queen's Solar Design Team won 1st place in Engineering at the Solar DECAthlon, for our autonomous house "ECHO". It was a joint effort in partnership with 79 other universities and institutions.


Plans were begun to construct the QSEC, an autonomous home for research and events, on Queen's campus.

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The Queen's Solar Vehicle Team was established as the first  competing student technology team in Canada.



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