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.

 

Team 2017

The 2017 team has increased the boat's maneuverability and stability by designing a boat with three hydrofoils. Despite the extra hydrofoil and bigger hull, the boat has reached a top speed of 48 km/h

This year, the team participated in the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge. Furthermore, the team wanted to cross the English Channel. Unfortunately, this crossing had to be canceled due to the high risks at the time and safety matters.

Team 2016

The team of 2016 completely redesigned the hull of the boat and improved the wings. Because of this, the boat was able to achieve the speed of 55 km/h, which is the highest speed yet within the team!

This year the team participated in the Dutch Solar Challenge, in which they managed to achieve second place. The team also participated in the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge in which they achieved an overall second place in the ranking and were awarded the Riva Beauty Award.

Team 2015

The team of 2015 used the boat which was made in 2014 and improved it. They mainly worked on the drivetrain.

Because of their improvements the 2015 Solar Boat was able to go at a speed of 51 km/h. In 2015, the boat obtained a third place in the Solar1 Cup and won the design award at the DONG Energy Solar Challenge.

Team 2014

With this boat, the team turned a lot of heads at the DONG Energy Solar Challenge: it was the first boat ever to have a double T-strut hydrofoil configuration.

The boat only has two points of support in the water, which gives him along with aeroplane-like characteristics also bicycle-like characteristics.

Team 2012

In 2012 the team, under the name of Delta Lloyd Solar Boat Team, again managed to develop a boat that can hover above the water at different speeds.

The boat uses hydrofoils which lift the hull out of the water. At high speeds, the angle of attack of the hydrofoils is adjusted, which reduces the lift and stabilizes the boat.

Team 2010

In 2010, the team first started with the implementation of hydrofoils in the design. With this boat, they obtained a third place in the Frisian Solar Challenge 2010.

The hydrofoils lift the hull of the boat out of the water when the right speed is reached. This reduces the boat’s drag dramatically, allowing it to reach one and a half times as high speeds as the 2008 boat using the same amount of power.

Team 2008

In 2008, the team managed to win the Frisian Solar Challenge with a lead of three hours compared to the number two using this boat.

The boat has a very narrow under water ship (10 cm deep), reducing the drag of the boat drastically. This design proved to be very popular: after 2008 various teams have rented our mold to manufacture their very own solar boat.

Team 2006

This is the first boat that the TU Delft Solar Boat Team built for the first edition of the Frisian Solar Challenge. They managed to win the race with a significant difference from the number two.