Increasing a broad range of skills

Hi! My name is Esperanza and this year I will be working on the electronics department of the
TU Delft Solar Boat Team.

 

I am a first-year Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) master
student, and I have a background in Electromechanical Engineering. Why did I join the Solar
Boat team? It is my first year in Delft and I was looking for a challenge and an opportunity to
put my knowledge into something as exciting as working in a D:Dream team.

Throughout my studies in Electromechanical Engineering I was always attracted by the
electricity generation sector, and concretely by the scope and opportunities brought about
new renewable technologies. That is why I decided to study SET – concretely the solar track –
and that is why the Solar Boat seemed the perfect combination to my studies. My task so far
within the team has been deciding which is the optimal type of solar cells to use considering
the regulations of the races we will compete in. This is an important decision that will change
many other aspects of the boat and it is also a great opportunity to have direct contact with
the few companies that are leading the solar sector with cutting-edge technologies. After
customizing the solar panels to our needs and ordering them, I will work on other parts of the
electronics system such as the motor controller and the batteries.

What I really like about working on a D:Dream team is the fact that I get to work with people
from very different technological backgrounds so I am learning a lot from them. We have
periodical team meetings during which all departments update the rest of the team on their
progress, ask relevant questions and so on. This interaction is very beneficial for all the team
members since it allow us to broaden our knowledge to other fields such as for example
aerodynamics or stability, which otherwise we would not have learned from our degrees.

Working on the Solar Boat is not only increasing my technical and engineering knowledge, but
also it is also my teamwork skills. Every sub-department has to work in strict collaboration with
the others because of the many interdependencies within the boat, and also every deadline
has to be met since the schedule is really tight and many phases cannot be started without the
successful completion of the previous ones. It is also a good opportunity to experience first-
hand common problems such as budget limit, which as students we are not really aware of
until we are involved in a real project like this one.

In conclusion, working for the Solar Boat is a very enriching opportunity in many aspects. I
would definitely recommend any EWI student to get involved in a project like the Solar Boat to
broaden their knowledge and prepare them to work in a real environment. The D:Dream
teams need people with experience in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer
Science, who will apply their knowledge to their exciting projects and who make of the
challenges a success!

Ontmoet Nick

Dit is Nick Borst

Nick is dit jaar onze Technical Manager. Hij komt oorspronkelijk uit Heerhugowaard maar woont inmiddels al 3 jaar in Delft. Hij zit momenteel in zijn 4e jaar van Lucht en Ruimtevaart hier op de TU Delft.
Dit jaar is Nick verantwoordelijk voor de planning. Hij moet ervoor zorgen dat de boot optijd af is, alle deadlines worden gehaald en dat alle onderdelen optijd worden besteld.
Met zijn huidige ervaring en kennis kan hij het team helpen om te focussen op al het technische werk zonder dat er zorgen zijn over het grote plaatje van het design. Dit helpt het team met het focussen op de Detailed Design Phase, wat de kwaliteit van het ontwerp van de boot verbeterd.

Het coolste aan de boot vindt hij het feit dat de boot in één jaar wordt ontworpen, gebouwd en getest. Het hele team maakt dus alle fases van een project mee. Hierdoor zal iedereen aan het einde van het jaar voldoende ervaring hebben voor later.

In zijn vrije tijd speelt Nick gitaar. Daarnaast is hij een echte sporter; hij roeit erg vaak en doet ook nog aan snowboarden!