With gas prices rising every day, scientists and engineers are looking to alternative fuel sources to power our vehicles. One project specifically designed to help collegiate engineers work toward an energy solution is the American Institute of Chemical Engineers ChemE Car competition. This competition requires that students build a model car that is powered by an alternative fuel source to gasoline. For the Clemson ChemE Car team, we are building a car that is powered by a silver oxide - zinc battery. Additionally, our stopping mechanism is an iodine clock, in which a delayed light sensor stops the car once the iodine reaction darkens. We will be testing our car at the Southern regional conference in Puerto Rico over Spring Break, and we will present our competition results.
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