The TU Delft Solar Boat Team designs and develops hydrofoil boats powered purely and solely by solar energy. The hydrofoils lift the hull out of the water, decreasing water resistance drastically. As a result the boats can reach astounding speeds using the same amount of power as two mere water boilers.

With the new boat, the team competes in the Solar Sport One competition. The next edition will take start May 2018. Next to this, the team will compete in the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge in July 2018.

The TU Delft Solar Boat Team is completely run by students, of which the composition changes every year. This year, the 2018 team will design and build a complete new boat. The current team consists of 25 students from different faculties from the TU Delft. A part of these students has put their degree on hold for a year to work full time on the solar boat.


In the end, the goal is to deliver both theoretically and practically skilled engineers. Besides this, the team strives to show the most advanced possibilities regarding sustainable energy and brings technology to a next level by developing an innovative boat.


Previous Teams

In 2006 a group of students of Maritime Engineering founded the TU Delft Solar Boat Team. In this year they accomplished their goal: winning the 'Frisian Solar Challenge'. In 2010 the team introduced the use of hydrofoils, a new way of sailing.

Nowadays the boat sails on two so-called 'T-struts', this lifts the hull completely out of the water while sailing. After years of development and a couple of different boats, the team achieved a top speed of 55 km/h in 2016. In 2017, the team designed a boat with three hydrofoils to improve stability and maneuverability.