What is the team about?
The TU Delft Solar Boat Team is one of the Dream Teams at Delft University of Technology. Our team consists of 21 ambitious students from eight different fields of study. In one year we go through the process of designing, producing and finally racing a boat that sails on green energy. Our team is fully committed every year to show the applications of our advanced technologies at spectacular races.
For 15 years, we have inspired the maritime industry with our flying solar boats. This year, the 2021 team took the big step with the Hydro Motion project. We are developing our first flying boat that sails on hydrogen! We are moving from generating green energy to storing green energy starting this year.
This project gives our students the opportunity to gain practical experience and learn what it is like to work together in a multidisciplinary team towards an ambitious goal. During one year, they develop in multiple areas and gain skills that will benefit them for the rest of their professional career. With our team we shape the engineers of a sustainable future.
With our project we want to work together with the maritime sector to accelerate the transition to green energy. There is still a lot to be gained in this sector and by thinking together with the maritime world and innovating in the field of sustainability, we contribute to a better and greener future. Because only together we can make a change.
In the history of the TU Delft Solar Boat Team
Have been built in the history of the TU Delft Solar Boat Team
For 15 years, our team has been committed to a green future by building sustainably powered boats. This year, the 2021 team is moving into uncharted waters with the Hydro Motion project. We are building our first boat that runs on hydrogen. To show the potential and power of hydrogen, our boat will race at the World Championships on the open sea in Monaco. Prior to making the switch to hydrogen, our team has a rich history. For years we built boats powered by solar energy; solar boats, hence our name.
In 2005, a number of Maritime Engineering students founded the TU Delft Solar Boat Team. The year after, winning the “Frisian Solar Challenge” was set as our first goal and achieved. From then on, every two years a completely new boat was designed and built which was optimized the following year. Since 2016 we design and build an entirely new boat every year.
In all these years we have gone through a lot of developments. We have always been optimizing our boats in all areas, for example efficiency, speed, stability and maneuverability. We have managed to reduce our drag in ingenious ways through the shape of our hulls. Later, the use of hydrofoils introduced a completely new way of sailing. These make our boats fly. They lift the boat out of the water and thus significantly reduce drag. Different innovations and variations have been used, such as a double strut configuration or a 3 strut configuration. Each year unique boats are built and we continue to innovate and inspire. You can find more details about all the years below.