The TU Delft Solar Boat Team was founded in 2005 by Maritime students from the TU Delft, with the intention to win the ‘Frisian Solar Challenge’. Although they started from scratch and faced unexplored design challenges, a boat was manufactured that won the race! This success was carried on by the next team of 2008, who managed to also win with an entire new boat design. From this moment on, the goal has been to win the ‘Dutch Solar Challenge’, which is held every two years.
The teams designed and constructed a boat every two years. In the second year of this process, the team improved the boat to reach the optimal performance for its design. This year however, the Team chose to build a completely new boat, instead of improving the Solar Boat of 2016.
The 2010 team was the first team to build a boat on hydrofoils, which introduced a whole different way of sailing with the solar boat. The next two teams continued to use hydrofoil boats, but were unfortunately not able to take first place in the Dutch Solar Challenge.
The 2014 team took a leap forward with a ‘double-T-wing’ configuration, minimizing the drag even more. They reached a maximum speed of 51km/h. The team of 2016 was able to push the limits even further and set a record of 55 km/h.
In 2017, the team designed a boat with three hydrofoils. Besides lowering the drag, the hydrofoils now also had the function of making the boat more stable and maneuverable.