TU DELFT SOLAR OFFSHORE RACING
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TAKE A BOW - What a result. This is the team that in July of 2019 set a blistering pace in their offshore power boat, powered only by the sun.
JULY 2019 - TU DELFT SOLAR BOAT TEAM WORLD CHAMPION SOLAR BOAT RACING ON OPEN SEA
The TU Delft Solar Boat 2019 is the first to finish during the Monaco Offshore Challenge 2019.
After several setbacks, such as a hydrofoil which broke off during the last tests for Monaco on the IJsselmeer and a problem with the electrical system around the solar panels, the team managed to become the world champion. The TU Delft Solar Boat Team, which consists entirely of students, wants to show that solar energy can also control the open sea. Kristian Ruiter, team manager, explains: “After all the setbacks, I would not have dared to dream that we would eventually become world champions. I am extremely proud of the team that we have continued despite everything and that this is ultimately rewarded with this fantastic result. ”
The racing days were a huge emotional roller coaster for the team. On Friday the first race took place between Monaco and Ventimiglia (IT) and was a distance of 30 km. Ruiter explains: "Due to excellent circumstances, a team that worked very well together and a perfectly functioning boat, we were able to achieve very high speeds and even set a speed record for the boat at a speed of 35 km / h."
Damage to electronic system
After the successful completion of the long-distance race on Friday, the team discovered damage to the electrical system around the solar panels. Olmar van Beurden, chief electronics, explains: “The damage was caused by internal heat. Unfortunately, this damage could not be fully repaired for the next race on Saturday. To ensure that the boat was no longer damaged, and to ensure the safety of the pilots, we decided to remove the solar panels from our boat and sail the Saturday race on the energy stored in the boat's batteries.
The 60 km long-distance race that took place on Saturday was a major challenge for the team. “The solar panels were no longer on the deck, so we had to deal with the energy that was already stored in the batteries. This resulted in lower speeds and a major strategic challenge to match consumption and battery capacity. Nevertheless, I am extremely proud of our team that we have become world champions by sailing efficiently and putting everything in place, ”says Ruiter. The team crossed the finish line almost twice as fast as the competition, which had to recharge on the way.
The TU Delft Solar Boat Team
The TU Delft Solar Boat Team consists of 28 students from ten different faculties at TU Delft. In one year, the students of the team go through the process of designing, producing, testing and finally racing with a solar boat. Since its foundation in 2005, the TU Delft Solar Boat Team has been trying to inspire the maritime sector to sail with fewer emissions. Until last year the students did this by participating in races for inland waterway solar boats. With this they have shown what a student team can achieve through the use of solar energy. This is the first year that the team takes on the offshore challenge. De Ruiter: "In this way we show the maritime industry that there can also be sailed on the open sea with fewer emissions"
JULY 2019 - TU DELFT SOLAR BOAT TEAM WERELDKAMPIOEN ZONNEBOOT RACEN OP OPEN ZEE
Het TU Delft Solar Boat Team - Het TU Delft Solar Boat Team bestaat uit 28 studenten van tien verschillende faculteiten aan de TU Delft. In één jaar tijd doorlopen de studenten van het team het proces van ontwerpen, produceren, testen en tenslotte racen met een zonneboot. Sinds de oprichting in 2005 probeert het TU Delft Solar Boat Team de maritieme sector te inspireren om met minder uitstoot te varen. Tot en met afgelopen jaar deden de studenten dit door deel te nemen aan races voor zonneboten op binnenwateren. Hiermee hebben ze laten zien wat een studententeam kan bereiken door het gebruik van zonne-energie. Dit is het eerste jaar dat het team de offshore uitdaging aan gaat. De Ruiter: ”Zo laten we aan de maritieme industrie zien dat er ook op open zee met minder uitstoot gevaren kan worden”
CLIMATE CHANGE HEROES
It takes a certain kind of person to take on a challenge like entering a boat in these races at Monaco.
Working as a team to overcome the myriad challenges moves mankind closer to a sustainable ideal that the world as a whole is waiting to achieve, not least of which is the Parties to the Climate Change Conference that is taking place in Chile is December 2019.
All those who took part in the race this year, and all of those who participated in solar boat races in previous years are made of the right stuff. They are Climate Change Heroes every one.
Another team that are considering challenging the present record, want to power the Elizabeth Swan to a new record, the aim being to demonstrate that low carbon ocean transport is here to help combat global warming.
Well done to everyone who tries to make a difference, be it on the water, on land or in the air. With especial thanks to His Serene Highness, Prince Albert of Monaco, for having the vision to host such an event at such a prestigious venue.
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