A hydrogen-powered race for a clean future


Racing towards a low carbon future

Who, What & Why?

ProtoTAU is the first Scottish team to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon with a hydrogen-powered vehicle. ProtoTAU brings students to the forefront of clean energy innovations in the low carbon transport sector. The team’s goal is to contribute to the global energy transition by motivating the future's bright minds to develop innovative solutions.
Design and manufacturing a hydrogen-powered prototype vehicle for the Shell Eco-Marathon 2021. Aiming to improve from last year by reducing the weight of key structural elements, reducing electrical component weight and adding vehicle telemetry.

If this is something that interests you, have a look at our Teams page for how you can get involved. Also check out our Alumni page to see how being a part of this society has benefited previous members.  

Our Principles

What Guides Us?


Energy efficiency and sustainable fuel alternatives for the transport sector.


Applying safety principles such as "Layers Of Protection Analysis" and reducing risks as low as reasonably practicable.


Collaboration between different disciplines and industries to achieve our goals.

Our Journey

So far so good

SEPT. 3, 2017

The Start

A group of electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineers is introduced to the Shell eco-Marathon.

FEB. 4, 2018

SEPT. 3,  2018

JAN. 14, 2019

JUNE 5, 2019

SEPT. 15, 2019

JAN. 2022

Becoming a viable project

Focus on feasibility studies and finding sponsors.

Becoming an official organisation

ProtoTAU becomes an offical student society and witnesses an increase in memberships. The team is split into 3 engineering teams and the business team.

Looking to facilitate the early build

ProtoTAU orders its first parts and acquires new sponsors.

We did it!

Shell eco-Marathon 2019 takes place. ProtoTAU passes the technical inspection and completes a 3.5 laps around the track. The team is awarded the best newcomer prize.

Major Restructuring

The team is restructured to consist of 7 teams around the car components rather than disciplines, to further develop coherence between the engineering specialities; a new branch of the society - Data Analysis & Telemetry - is introduced. 

Ready to Go

ProtoTAU Website is launched.