What is the TU Delft Solar Boat Team?

The TU Delft Solar Boat Team is a Dreamteam that is situated in the D:Dreamhall. The name of this hall is an acronym for: ‘Delft: Dream Realization of Extremely Advanced Machines’. In the D:Dream hall multiple student teams work on their own innovative projects. Our team exists out of 28 ambitious students of ten different faculties from the TU Delft. In one year the students of our team take up the challenge to design, produce and race with a fully functioning solar-powered boat.

To that end, this project provides students with hands-on working experience in a multidisciplinary team towards such an ambitious goal. During one year our students develop competencies in multiple disciplinaries, which will be beneficial for the rest of their professional career.

What do we do this for?

With this project, we want to work, together with the maritime sector, towards the next era: sustainable shipping.
There is still a lot to gain in this sector and by thinking and innovating together with the maritime world about sustainability we can contribute to a better, greener future.




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In 2005, the first TU Delft solar boat broke boundaries by winning the ‘Frisian Solar Challenge’. For the next five years we’ve been gaining expertise on designing and producing the most efficient solar boats.

In 2010, we’ve improved the efficiency of our boats even more by implementing hydrofoil technology for the first time in the competition. The hydrofoils lifted the entire hull out of the water, thereby reducing the drag significantly. Our first hydrofoil configuration consisted of both surface piercing and fully submerged foils. In the following four years our expertise on foiling technology expanded continuously.

In 2014, the next big step was made. For the first time in the history of the ‘Dutch Solar Challenge’, two fully submerged foils were used to lift the hull out of the water, reducing the hydrodynamic drag of the foils. The boat flew on its two foils much like a bycicle, remaining stable due to its forward speed. For the next four years our knowledge on control theory and simulation grew considerably.

This year, we are looking forward to our next big step: developing a seaworthy solar boat.