Welcome to Fortis Saxonia
Fortis Saxonia (Latin for "Powerful Saxony") is a student research project within the Chemnitz University of Technology. The interdisciplinary project team consists of about 20 students from diverse faculties. Fortis Saxonia developes and builds lightweight and energy-saving vehicles. The drive is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and an electric motor.
Students from other institutions are also involved and very dedicated, especially students from the University for applied sciences Merseburg and the University for art and design Burg Giebichenstein. The project is financed from sponsoring and donations.
Supporting the contact between students from all over the world is one of the goals from DAAD - a german student exchange program. Students with a schoolar ship get the possibilty to meet each other in different cities in Germany. Last weekend (22/4-24/4) 600 students, their families and 150 students from a brazilian exchange program met each other in Chemnitz. So Fortis Saxonia was asked to present its project and to give a lecture called "Challenges with Hydrogen Vehicles - 2500km with one liter fuel?." We were able to show 150 interested persons which developments we already reached and which goals we have for the future. We had to answer a lot of questions especially because we brought our car SAX4 with us so we think we could catch the students attention in energy-saving vehicles and also in taking part at a similar project at their university.
Once again the penguin was the most important animal in the Chemnitz University of Technology lecture building. The Chemnitz Linux Days celebrated their 15th anniversary and Fortis Saxonia was there too. Besides talking about open source software we presented our vehicle SAX4 and had a lot of interesting conversations with the many visitors.
Caused by a leakage of heating system a water damage occured in our office and test lab. Unfortunatly all elecrical devices und components were stored there for the Winter. Therefore both of the fuel cell systems for SAX4 and Nios, the new electric load and the brand-new electric motor were affected by the dropping water as well as PCs, power supplies and other smaller components. The amount of damage can't be estimated yet as the components have to be tested first. Anyway, this incident challenges us in keeping our schedule until Shell eco-marathon 2013.
Short before this year's school leaving exams, pupils from all over Germany had the opportunity to inform themselves about different study paths at the Chemnitz University of Technology. But also Bachelor-degree students and alumni had the change to gain information about career outlooks. Roughly 2000 interested people visited the Open day and got an insight in many fields of studies as well as different labs. Fortis Saxonia with the current car SAX4 was one of the exhibitors and showed possibilities to contribute skills besides the regular study by joining as a new team member.