It is almost Christmas break. The weather outside is turning colder by the day. Nevertheless, our
team is devoted to get out of bed early, to be in the office five times a week. We are this year’s TU
Delft Solar Boat Team, dedicated to build a solar powered boat in less than a year.
Every morning we start off with a 15-minute scrum meeting in which everyone answers the
1. What did I do yesterday?
2. What will I do today?
3. Are there any impediments in my way?
Although these meetings are short, they are of great importance for communication between team
members. As an example, this morning my answers to the questions above were as followed:
1. I have been working on the connection between a sensor and a controller.
2. I will start implementing software to read out the data from this sensor.
3. Yesterday at the end of the day, the controller gave an unexpected error. I tried solving it
with software, but it had more likely to do with the hardware (wiring) of the controller. I
would like to get help from somebody with a better understanding of hardware than myself.
The solution turned out to be just shifting one of the jumper cables. Literally one of the most basic
reasons for hardware problems, but (almost) unsolvable by software.
This brings me to a short overview of what I am doing in this team now. The boat uses a height
sensor that calculates the distance between the boat and the water. To keep the boat as steady as
possible on a certain height, given by the pilot, the following procedure is in place. A controller reads
out the data generated by the height controller. If the measured height differs from the demanded
height, the controller gives orders to wings under the boat to change angle and thereby lifting or
descending the boat itself.
I am the one responsible for writing the software on this controller to create a properly working
I hope this gives you a little behind-the- scenes of what we, as a so called “Dreamteam”, do
throughout the year, and how you, as an EWI student, could be an addition to the team.
Hello! My name is Esmee Huijten and I am a second years’ student Applied Physics and Applied
Mathematics. I have always been interested in the field of science and technology, and that is why
these studies were so appealing to me. During my first year of university, I enjoyed studying and
completing my courses a lot. However, the bachelors are both very theoretically oriented and I was
missing something practical. I wanted to put my knowledge into practice, to work on a project where
I could really make something. Because of that, I chose to join a D:DREAM team.
What eventually made me choose for the Solar Boat Team, was the passion for the project and the
boat that the former team members shared. When I attended the interest lunch last year, all Solar
Boat alumni were very enthusiastic about the project and they all valued their time in the Solar Boat
team a lot. At this very moment, we have almost finished the first quarter of the academic year,
which means that the first concepts for the boat have already been made, and we just entered the
so-called ‘Detailed Design’ phase. Although it is still quite early in the year, we have already gained
much knowledge and experience. The past quarter has been full of technical meetings, writing
reports, presenting our findings and making decisions. The way we work here is much different from
projects at the university. There are no predefined tasks or guidelines, and we do not have a manual
or study guide in which we can look up how to do everything. Next to that, the decisions that we
make have much more impact, and everything we design will be made in real-life. in other words, as
opposed to other projects, we are completely self-reliant.
My job in the team is to make a telemetry system. The telemetry system ensures that all gathered
data on the boat is processed, stored, and displayed on a user-friendly interface for the strategy
team. The system has many different components; the boat, the server, the consumer (which is the
strategy team in this case) that all need to work and be able to communicate with each other.
Hence, making the telemetry system consists of many components that, in the end, need to be
connected to make the system work. This is one of the main reasons why I like this task. Moreover, I
like to get more experienced with programming.
I am really looking forward to the rest of the year, at the TU Delft Solar Boat Team. If you ever feel
taking on a new challenge and doing an enriching extracurricular project, consider joining the
D:DREAM team, to bring your dream into reality!
Manon is de Financial Manager van dit jaar. Ze is opgegroeid in Zeist, naast Utrecht, waarna ze naar Delft is verhuisd om Industrieel Ontwerpen te studeren. Ze heeft hier haar bachelor afgemaakt na haar minor in Sports Innovation.
Manon is, als de Financial Manager, verantwoordelijk voor alles wat met geld en sponsoring te maken heeft. Ze zorgt ervoor dat ons team door het jaar komt op financieel gebied en dat de boot de beste onderdelen kan krijgen om ons doel te behalen.
Manon vindt het heel leuk dat het Solar Boat Team een duurzaam project is met impact op de wereld. Daarnaast is de project instelling dynamisch en open, waardoor innovatieve en creatieve ideeën kunnen worden gevormd en worden geïmplementeerd.
Als een Industrieel Ontwerper heeft ze ervaring op gedaan in projectmatig werken en creative problem solving. Ook op deze manier helpt ze het team in het proces.
Het leukste aan het team vindt ze dat een project zoals deze nieuw is voor iedereen in het team en dat iedereen met z’n allen de uitdaging aangaat. Verder vindt ze het fijn dat er ruimte is voor innovatieve en creatieve gedachten en oplossingen in het project.
Manon doet aan volleybal en beach volleybal. Helaas heeft ze nu een enkel blessure waardoor ze dit even niet meer kan doen. Ze houdt ook van lange wandelingen in de natuur.