Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: Zero Emissions Snowmobile Competition Support (Award# 0808798)

PI: Meldrum, Jay (
Phone: (906) 487.3178 
Institute/Department: Michigan Technological University, Keweenaw Research Center 
IPY Project? NO
Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\RSL
Program Manager: Ms. Renee Crain (
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach | Instrument Development\Appropriate Technologies for Polar Regions |

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Science Summary:
The Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) of Michigan Tech University (MTU) annually hosts the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) event on its 500-acre test track in Houghton, Michigan. The objectives of the competition are to train students in technology development and to develop transportation vehicles with reduced impact on the environment. Over the course of several days of trials, student teams are judged on the design, manufacturing price, presentation, vehicle capabilities such as range, weight, handling acceleration, and cold start, and noise of their vehicles. In the internal compression (IC) engine vehicle class, gaseous emissions are also measured and compared to 2012 EPA standard for HC, CO, and NOx. This grant provides funds to encourage Universities to participate by reimbursing travel expenses and other costs associated for teams entering vehicles in the zero-emissions (ZE) category of the competition. In addition to direct support for the competition, one team per year of the grant may be invited to Summit Station, Greenland, to field-test its snowmobile. In addition to practical experience, the opportunity exposes students and the public to arctic research funded by the National Science Foundation.

Logistics Summary:
This project supports three years of participation in the zero-emissions category in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC). In addition, each year of the grant, one team may be invited to demonstrate its vehicle technology and field test its snowmobile at Summit Station. This opportunity gives the students first-hand knowledge of the conditions under which the snowmobile must operate. Each year beginning in 2008, one student team member may be selected to visit Summit Station for about a week. The student will introduce the vehicle to the Summit community and also tour the facilities and the experiments at the station. The snowmobile will remain after the student's departure, operating for the duration of the field season before it is returned to the home institution. The zero emission snowmobile is used at Summit Station to access the satellite camp and other 'clean air' sectors. This allows researchers to quickly, efficiently and safely access their sites without compromising data collection. The grant will cover reimbursement of travel expenses and other costs associated for teams entering vehicles in the zero-emissions (ZE) category of the competition in Michigan.

If a team member is invited to Summit Station, CPS will provide shipping for the snowmachine, ANG travel to/from Summit, and user days at Summit and Kangerlussuaq. The PI will arrange and pay for all other logistics through the grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2008Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 02 / 2008 06 / 07 / 20081
2008Greenland - Summit06 / 03 / 2008 06 / 06 / 20081
2009Greenland - Kangerlussuaq1
2009Greenland - Summit1
2010Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 02 / 2010 06 / 10 / 20101
2010Greenland - Summit06 / 03 / 2010 06 / 08 / 20101

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