In 2019 ALTEN Nederland collaborated with Solar Team Twente for the first time. The team participated in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019. This was the fifteenth edition of the World Solar Challenge (WSC), a race for solar cars which is held every two years in Australia with a route of 3021 km.
One of the goals of the Solar Team Twente is: “By creating the best solar car in the world, we are developing technologies and innovations for the efficient use of solar energy as an energy source for vehicles. Therefore, this example of automotive technology and innovation will make a difference”.
The Solar Team Twente approached ALTEN for sponsorship. We did this in the form of knowledge sharing. Our embedded specialists, data scientists and UX consultants worked closely with the team. Watch the video for more information about this great collaboration:
The solar team is located in Enschede, the Netherlands. It is part of the University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and ROC van Twente and is one of the largest student teams of the Netherlands. It unites more than 150 companies in and outside the country to build the most efficient solar car of the world together with the team. Team members pause their studies for one and a half years to show what one can achieve in a short period of time. Their goal is to inspire others to contribute to a more sustainable society themselves.
Solar Team Twente entails passion for innovation, passion for efficient mobility, and passion to inspire others. With over 15 years of experience and a strong network of companies and former team members, they prepare for the races like others would for the Olympics. A new team starts every 2 years in September, participates in the iLumen European Solar Challenge in Belgium in the same month and then works hard for one year to build the most efficient solar car of the world. The car is able to drive more than 3.000 kilometers only powered by solar energy, which means efficiency is key. Several aspects of the car are affecting the efficiency of the car, so they must be designed well. Examples are the aerodynamic shape of the car, the performance of the battery and of course the efficiency of the solar panel. Within this interdisciplinary team, the several sub-teams must work closely to realize a reliable and efficient solar car.