Participants description - DONG Energy Solar Challenge

Challenge A:
A01: Solar Team Antwerp Maritime Academy, Antwerpen
The Antwerp Maritime Academy will participate in the race for the 4th time and their goal is to finish in the top
5 this year. In 2012 the team finished 13th. ‘We already had a fast boat in 2012’, says teamcaptain Willem Maes.
The team finished building an even lighter hull constructed from carbon and they’ve applied a more efficient
propulsion system. ‘With these modifications we should be able to finish in the top 5.’
Contact: Willem Maes, [email protected]
A02: Solar Team Lindenborg, Leek
It is one of the youngest teams of the Challenge A. The youngest team member is 16 years old, the oldest is 18.
Three members of the team participated in the 2012 challenge, at that time with team LeekAbilty. They found
it so beautiful that they have formed a new team. Without the support from any school they have built a new
boat, which wasn’t an easy task. They hope to finish in the top 10 of the Challenge A.
Contact: Kristian Ruiter, [email protected]
A03: Us Boat, Friesland College, Leeuwarden
This team consists of six second year students of the Friesland College from Leeuwarden. The Friesland
­College already participated for years in the challenge. The boat has some new batteries and was painted in
a new fresh color. The team looks forward to the upcoming race: ‘During the daytime some lovely sailing with
­competition and in the evening a lot of fun at the campsite.’
Contact: Bauke Tjeerd Kikstra, [email protected]
A04: HAN Solar Boat Team, Arnhem
The HAN Solar Boat Team consists of 3 groups of engineering students of two high schools from Arnhem and
Nijmegen. The HAN solar boat will lift itself out of the water with the help of hydrofoils, which are still rare in
the Challenge A. The lean design of the boat certainly helps to distinguish itself from the competition.
Contact: Jurian Rademaker, [email protected]
A06: Stenden Solar Team, Emmen
This team built their boat from sustainable flax which is a first in for solar boat building. They have
­implemented more innovations but they want to keep most things under the hood. Both the propulsion system
and the electronics are developed in-house at Stenden. The Stenden team consists of 21 students which
makes it one of the largest teams that enters the challenge.
Contact: Mark van der Staay, [email protected]
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A07: WhisperPower Racing, Drachten
WhisperPower Racing Team is a new kid on the block with 15 years of experience in solar technology and
boating. WhisperPower participated with several solar races in the past, at land and in water, as a sponsor
and as a technical consultant. Now the time has come to take part in the race with their self-developed solar
boat! With a new propulsion system, smooth high-tech paint, optimization of the boat stability and an overall
greater speed they want a spot in the top 3.
Contact: Luc Toepoel, [email protected]
A08: Solar team ROC Friese Poort Sneek
The ROC Friese Poort from Sneek enters the challenge for the 5th time. In 2012 this team won the Challenge A
and they hope to achieve this again during the upcoming challenge. This year they bring a new designed boat
with important modifications like an improved hull, less weight and a special propulsion system with increased
efficiency. Of course they want to win again this year!
Contact: S.A. Visser, [email protected]
A09: Marine Solar Boat Team ITS, Surabaya, Indonesia
With the team from Institut Teknologi of Surabaya, for the first time the DSC has a participant from Indonesia.
Eight students and one lector collect all their knowledge from books and the internet. The solarboat is called
Jalapaith, which means ‘King of the Water’. ‘We use Batik our National Heritage to be shown on the boat, as
an introduction to our Indonesian culture. Our intention is to show that original cultural art can go along very
well with the newest technology’, tells Fauzan Fikri, one of the teammembers.
Contact: Candra Prasetyo Endro, [email protected]
A10: China Dragon, Lyang
The Chinese dragon is represented in the DSC 2014 by the Liyang technical highschool from (you guessed
it right) Liyang. Quite a big city to European standards (more than a million inhabitants). The team will
be ­sailing the 2012 boat built by the Kenniscentrum Jachtbouw from the NHL. However a number of
­improvements, notable in the electric system, have been effectuated. Most important a larger battery (­ provided
and installed by MG-electronics). Also in China they experimented with the boat (hydrofoils). The outcome of
these experiments remains a close guarded secret.
Contact: Anton Wachter, [email protected]
A11: YTU Solar Boat Team, Turkey
The team from Istanbul experienced tense moments when the mold was pulled vacuum. The Turkish team
thought that the boat was going to break, but everything worked out well. This year the team joints the
­competietion with a custom-made screw. The screw is adjustable without disassembling it from the shaft.
Swapping screws during the event is no longer necessary.
Contact: Rahim Can Peker, [email protected]
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A12: Equipe Solar Brazil
Twenty students from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) under the direction of professor
­Alexandre Teixeira de Pinho Alho. In 2008 the Equipe Solar Brazil was the first team from the southern part of
the world joining the Dutch Solar Boatrace. They ended on the fourth place and this time they want to enter
the top 3.
Contact: Alexandre Teixeira de Pinho Alho, [email protected]
A13: UAntwerp Solar Boat Team, Belgium
The UAntwerp Solar Boat Team has developed a monohull for this edition of the DONG Energy Solar
­Challenge. In addition, the boat has a contra-rotating actuation and a special anti fouling coating. This was a
project of trial and error. The Belgians are looking forward, not only to the sailing, but also to a fresh beer.
Contact: Mattijs Louwagie, [email protected]
A14: Avans Solar Mariteam, Breda
The Avans Solar Mariteam Solar sails with a biobased solar boat, the boat is called the Avans Soleil. The boat
has some technical features such as a smart energy system. The information flow will run over the 3G network.
60 students have been working on the realization of Avans Soleil this past year. The development of the boat
had his ups and downs. It’s the first time that Avans will compete in the DONG Energy Solar Challenge.
Contact: Sandra in ’t Groen, [email protected]
Solarteam Skipper, Leeuwarden
Six students from the Friese Poort Leeuwarden are competing for the first time in this solar boat race. Without
any experience, they face the challenge. The goal this year is to complete the race and to perfectionate their
boat for the event in 2016.
Contact: Theun Erik Osinga, [email protected]
A16: Stichting Dutch Solar Boat, Leeuwarden
The team Van Hall Larenstein contents alumni and students. This year they prepared the boat for hydrofoils.
It´s not sure that it´s gonna work. The boat also has a very light torse and it’s made of very special material.
The team used some parts which were 3D-printed.
Contact: Henk Hartman, [email protected]
A18: VHL-Nordwinzonnebootteam, Leeuwarden
A mixture of students from HBO and MBO. The team was raised in 2007 by a cooperation between Van
Hall Larenstein and Nordwin College. Every year the team changes, because of students pass their exames.
­Sustainability is a big issue for this team. They are even sponsored by a sustainable beer brewery.
Contact: Xantho Klijnsma, [email protected]
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A19: NHL Solarboat Racing, Leeuwarden
This team consists of students and employees of the NHL Hogschool. At this moment 10 people join the team.
The development of the solarboat started in 2011. That was the beginning of this stable solarboat. At this
­moment they are working hard to get the boat in better conditions.
Contact: Tim Gorter, [email protected]
A20: Sinergy Solar Team ROC Friese Poort Drachten
A fanatic group of eight students from ROC Friese Poort Drachten makes the Sinnergy Solar Team. The
students were selected for this challenge. Stability of the boat is the most important goal at the race. They
developed their own drive system. ‘We’re in need of time. The pressure to get the boat ready is enormous. But
till now, we make it’, that’s what the teamcaptain is saying.
Contact: Meine Scheweer, [email protected]
A21: ZSC Solar Boat Team, Terneuzen
Six very motivated students from Zeldenrust Steelantcollege Highschool in Terneuzen and only one teacher
make this high ambitioned team. They even made a 3D-model en got it printed. During a week off in May they
build the boat on real schedule. This team has the Olympic thougt. ‘Joining the race is more important than
Contact: Rini de Pree, [email protected]
A22: Scigrip Solar Boat Team (former Cree Yacht), Poland
They’re one of the fewest teams that takes part in Solar Boat Regatta from its rare beginning in Europe.
Since their first race, almost eight years ago, they have been approving their boat. Thanks to hard work and
­innovative ideas they took 2nd place in 2008, 3rd place in 2012 and won the Innovation Award for the lightest
boat. Combining experience with passion for boat racing and ‘green’ environment they’re creating a one of a
kind team.
Contact: Bartosz Puchowski, [email protected]
A23: Team Sunrise, Terneuzen
Team Sunrise contains five eagerly students from Maintenance Engineer at Scalda in Terneurzen. It’s up to
them to make the boat ready by working together on technical subjects and maintainance . Go for it boys!
Contact: Rafael van de Poele, [email protected]
A24: Team University of Bahrein
One of our most surprising debutants in our float: the University of Bahrein. An oilstate believing in
­solarenergy. They did buy the boat from the Cree Yacht team 2012 and made some improvements. Last
­December Andries van Weperen, advisor of the DSC, was in Bahrein to promote the DONG Energy Solar
­Challenge. ‘It’s really great that oilstates like Bahrein are inspired to look for other energysources.’
Contact: Waheeb Essa Alnaser, [email protected]
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Challenge B:
B41: Solar Team Emden, Germany
‘This year the stages are longer and with our new trunk we think we can be more competitive than we were
two years ago’, says Torsten Steffen, teamcaptain of Solar Team Emden. From the beginning in 2006 the team
is participating in the race. ‘We’re not sure if our team is better than the others, but all our mechanical and
electric components are made and developed by ourselves. Our biggest strength is our knowledge’, according
to Steffen.
Contact: Torsten Steffen, [email protected]
B42: Solar Team Marne College, Bolsward
This year it’s the fifth edition for the DONG Energy Solar Challenge and also the fifth time that highschool
Marne College is joining us. They started with two canoes, fit together with some ropes. Now the school has a
fantastic boat. This year the boat is improved with a new battery, a new propellor and a better steering system.
Contact: Wouter Priester, [email protected]
B43: Midnight Sun MAMK, Finland
The boat of the Finnish team Midnight Sun weights 80 kilo less than in 2012. Students used the same
­template, but another laminating technique. Two years ago it was the first time they joined the DSC and now
they are addicted to the Solarrace. All other participants are wondering and maybe hoping if they take their
special sauna tent with them.
Contact: Kari Dufva, [email protected]
B44: Solar Team ROC Amsterdam
A very enthousiastic team of 7 MBO-students wants to prove that they can do the same as their colleagues
from a higher grade, HBO. Of course they improved their boat and now it can sail 2 kilometers faster compared
to 2012. The team doesn’t believe in lightweight. ‘Our developments has to be used on normal boats, so it
doesn’t work when you make everything lightweight.’
Contact: Ger Schep, [email protected]
B45: Solar Team Hva (Amsterdam)
Also a very sustainable boat in the Challenge B. Solar Team HvA made the trunk of natural fiber, for 97%
biodegradable. The team is a mixture from several fields of study to profit maximum from ­everyone’s
­knowledge. To optimalize the process of learning all parts of the boat are created after research and
Contact: Ernst Willem Mesdag, [email protected]
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B46: Gut Solar, Poland
The Polish team Gut Solar is joining us since 2006. Most important for the team is to let people know that
solar energy has got the future. This year the Polish won’t only take their boat, but also their bikes with them.
They got to learn that you can travel most easily by bike in Holland.
Contact: Wojciech Litwin, [email protected]
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T61: Carnegie Mellon Solar Racing, USA
‘At this moment we have a top team’, that’s the first thing Nathaniel Krassnoff from the Carnegie Mellon Solar
Racing team tells us. ‘We are determined to win the Challenge B’, is the second thing he tells. They already
proved that they can win. In 2010 they won the Outstanding System Design Award in the American Solar
Splash 201. Before the DSC started they will assemble their boat at the Leeuwarder Lyceum.
Contact: Nathaniel Krassnoff; [email protected]
T62: Solarteam Windesheim, Zwolle
Solarteam Windeshem: a student team from, of course, Windesheim Institute from Zwolle. It’s a large team, 25
students from several disciplines; engineering, communications and marketing. This team contents five girls. A
team with girl power!
Contact: Jasper Schuringa, [email protected]
T63: CLAFIS Private Energy Solar Boat Team, Leeuwarden
Maybe the fastest boat in the float. They can reach a maximum speed of 40 kilometers, sometimes even faster.
CLAFIS Private Energy Solar Boat Team is very experienced. The team consists of 15 people and they come
with two boats, the Furia 2 and the Furia 3. They are hoping for a top-3 rating.
Contact: Gerard van der Schaar, [email protected]
T64: Midnight Sun KYAMK, Finland
They took part in the DSC 2012 in the Challenge B. The race is an excellent opportunity to put the skills of the
students and staff into a real test! They took a big step entering the Topclass. This is their first hydrofoil design
and a very ambitious one. The control system of the hydrofoils is electric with motion and ultrasonic sensors.
They have found a very small and efficient combination of motor and gear. If they get everything working and
the boat flying, it’s going to be something special…
Contact: Mikko Pitkäaho, [email protected]
T65: TU Delft Solar Boat Team
The boat of TU Delft is very unique. This year the team started all over with the design. Result: a boat with
small hydrofoils and a rudder in front of the boat. With this new design the boat achieve the speed of 40 till 45
kilometers. The boat doesn’t reach the 100 kilo’s. For a solar boat, it’s very light.
Contact: Tomas te Velde, [email protected]
T66: Team Gowrings Energy, Maasdam
The winners of 2012! Team Gowrings Energy is a very technical educated team that exists off one women,
five men and old hand Joop Steenman. Finally, the average age is below 30. And that’s good for the ­dynamic
­process in the team. The design of the boat really changed and of course they made some improvements
­because again they want to be the winner in 2014.
Contact: Joop Steenman, [email protected]
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T67: Liander Solarteam, Arnhem
This team was founded two years ago. Trainees from Liander are the participants of this team. In 2012 the
Liander Team was participating the Challenge A. This year they enter the Topclass. It’s also a team with
a ­mission. ‘We want to promote sustainable energy. We are convinced in the future everybody needs this
Contact: Jelle van Bueren, [email protected]
T68: SDOG Racing Team, Groningen
Three technical men from Groningen are framing the Stichting Duurzame Ontwikkeling Groningen. For their
boat they focused on three subjects: a good power train, the techniques about hydrofoils and a minimum
resistance above and beneath the waterline. It took 1,5 year to create the boat. Because the race starts in
Groningen, this team think they will have some advance. We have to wait and see…
Contact: Niek van Prooijen, [email protected]
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V81: KM Solar Team, Den Helder
The latest acquisition of the Royal Marine sails on solar energy. They will participate in the new V20 standard
class. This class is especially for the starting solar boat builders. The standard hull must be finished and built
by the team members. Both technical and tactical insights of the Mechatronics students will be tested by the
challenge. Because the V20 is a new class, it will have some pitfalls for the participating teams.
Contact: Rik Pomstra, [email protected]
V83: Achterhoek, Doetinchem
‘The enthusiasm and spirit of our team’, says the team captain of the Graafland College. ‘Besides, we have
some tricks but before the race you shouldn’t give away too much.’ This team also hasn’t had much time to
construct their boat. The hull was delivered in May and all the technical engineering is yet to be finished.
Contact: Sander Bremer, [email protected]
V84: DC Solar Team, Emmen
‘Using new technologies in the field of ‘green’ energy is a very inspiring form of education to our students.’ This
is the philosophy of the Drenthe College. That’s the reason they already participated in the race since 2006. At
first it was only meant for the technical courses of the school, but this year it is a broad project a
­ ccessible to
all students of the Drenthe College. The departments of communication, logistics, ­­mechanical- and electrical
engineering and media design are all involved. A new approach, a new boat: The V20.
Contactpersoon: Denny Mensing, [email protected]
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