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    • The Nuon Solar Team has won the 2013 edition of the World Solar Challenge with the Nuna7, which means it remains the overall record holder with no less than five gold and two silver medals. 
    • The world cycling speed record is held by the Human Power Team with a speed of 133.78 km/h. Cyclist Sebastiaan Bowier is now the fastest human in the world.
    • The world record in acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h for electric cars is held by the DUT Racing Team, with a time of 2.134 seconds.
    • The DUT Racing Team won the race at Hockenheim in 2013, and therefore retains its first place on the world rankings of Formula Student.
    • DARE holds the height record for self-constructed rockets: 12.5 km with the Stratos rocket. Their goal, with the Stratos2, is to reach 50 km with a speed of three times the speed of sound.  
    • Formula Zero has made the first hydrogen-powered racing car designed to compete with regular racing cars. 
    • The TU Delft Solar Boat is a hydrofoil vessel, which allows it to reach a top speed of 30 km/h with a 4 kW motor.
    • In 2013 Team WASUB gained second place in the European International Submarine Races (EISR), with a speed of 6.7 knots.
    • On 12 may 2012 Team Atmos achieved a world first with the autonomous flight of a hybrid unmanned aircraft. 
    • The Eco-Runner Team Delft gained second place in the hydrogen prototype category of the Shell Eco-Marathon with 2914 km/litre.

Student projects

Nuon Solar Team completed first offroad training

The Nuon Solar Team has completed their first offroad training succesfully. The training in Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek was part of the preparation for the longest solar race in the world, starting September 27 in South Africa, the Sasol Solar Challenge.

Nuna - the fastest solar car in the world - was driving between zebras and giraffes and met several cheetahs. These wild cheetahs can run as fast as Nuna drives during a solar race, about 100 kilometers per hour (the top speed of Nuna is approximately 140 miles per hour). "The animals responded relax to Nuna and our team," said driver Tim van Leeuwen, TU Delft student who was driving the innovative solar car. Tim will also drive the solar car in South Africa.

Photo: Jorrit Lousberg

3rd place for DUT Racing Team at Formula Student

This week the DUT Racing Team was in Germany to compete in the Formula Student Competition with their self built racing car. They raced well and won the third price in the electrical class. Additionally, they were rewarded for their extremely light car design with the ‘Audi Light Weight Award’ and they had the fastest time on the wet pad.

No new world record for Human Power Team

In the weekend of July 26, the Human Power Team attempted to break the world record for recumbent bikes at the Lausitzring in Klettwitz in Germany. Cyclists, Rik Houwers and Christien Veelenturf had both only one attempt to break the record. Due to fog and technical problems, as well Christien as Rik did not succeed. Rik cycled 78.6 km after one hour and Christien had to stop her attempt after three quarters and cycled with an average of 70.7 km / h. However, the team will keep going on because in September they want to improve their own record in Battle Mountain and want to break the speed record for women.

New challenge for Nuon Solar Team

Today the Nuon Solar Team presented their modified Nuna7 for another race in South Africa. The presentation was in the Louwman museum in The Hague and all Nunas built by TU Delft students over the past 14 years are shown in the Great Hall this summer. 

Photo: Hans Peter van Velthoven and Jorrit Lousberg

Gaining experience
The South African solar race starts in Pretoria on 27 September 2014 and finishes in Cape Town after eight days of racing. By taking part in the Sasol Solar Challenge, the Nuon Solar Team aims to remain ahead of its competition in the area of technology. Heading the six-member team is Mark Hupkens, student at TU Delft. He will lead the newly assembled Nuon Solar Team through the South African bush. Mark: “By taking part in the competition, we’re also increasing our chances of winning the 2015 World Solar Challenge, because we can then test technical components during the race and train the team for the new Nuna8.”

Wasub ended at sixth place

Wasub4, a human powered submarine, competed in the European International Submarine Races and won the award for best design report and for best repair. Overall they ended at the sixth place of ten.

Formula Student team TU Delft wins Silverstone

The Formula Student team of TU Delft, DUT Racing, has achieved the first success of the season; the team won the Formula Student UK on the Silverstone circuit last weekend. The TU Delft electrical race car finished just ahead of the University of Stuttgart in the design and racing competition for universities. "It was nerve-racking, because we had our share of problems. During the final trial, the endurance trial, the car broke down a few times. Fortunately, we had built up a sufficient lead in the other trials to stay ahead of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and ETH Zurich", says team captain and driver Tim de Morée.

World Championship in Germany
In the coming weeks, the team will prepare itself for the Formula Student Germany in Hockenheim, which is the World Championship of the competition due to the participation of all the strong teams. In the past two years, the TU Delft team won twice in Germany. "Despite the victory, we clearly still have work to do on improving the car's reliability. Nevertheless, this result has given us a great deal of confidence that we can successfully defend our title with this car", says Tim de Morée.

Prêt-à-Loger wins awards at Solar Decathlon

How can we make existing cities more sustainable on a large scale and raise the inhabitants' awareness of their energy consumption? The TU Delft student team showed how this can be achieved during the Solar Decathlon 2014, the Olympic Games of sustainable construction, which was held in Versailles over the past two weeks. With their submission Prêt-à-Loger: Home with a skin, the TU Delft team finished first in Sustainability and Communication & Social Awareness, second in Energy Efficiency and Construction Management & Safety. Overall the team won third price only three points behind the Italian team which won the first prize.

TU Delft Solar Boat Team wins Design Award

Last week the TU Delft Solar Boat Team participated in the world championship for solar boats in Friesland and Groningen, named the DONG Energy Solar Challenge. Their new concept with special hydrofoils based on the principle of a bike resulted in the Design Award. Halfway through the race, it seemed that the team would also obtained the second place in the overall ranking. However, due to troubles with their boat, they lost their position and they eventually became fourth. More detailed information about the race can be found here.

This picture demonstrates how the boat is lifted by the hydrofoils.

TU Delft Solar Boat Team ready for solar boat race

Next weekend, the TU Delft Solar Boat Team will report to the start of the DONG Energy Solar Challenge with their own home-designed boat. They hope that their new design and smart strategy will enable them to finish each stage in record time and help them to bring the solar boat world championship title to Delft for the very first time. The race takes place in the Netherlands from 28 June until 5 July, with the first stage taking the contestants from Blauwestad to Groningen.

 Here you can find a livestream of the race

Prêt-à-Loger ready for competition in Versailles

TU Delft’s entry for the Solar Decathlon 2014, the Olympic Games of sustainable construction, is ready for the competition. The Dutch zero-energy terraced house, located next to the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, will officially open its doors on Friday 27 June.

The terraced house stands out among the nineteen new, modern homes entered by the other universities. The architecture students have made their mark with the Prêt-à-Loger renovation concept for the competition, with its ‘second skin’ that includes a glass construction. With this, TU Delft is showing how a practical contribution can be made to increasing the sustainability of European cities. The jury will announce which house has won the competition on Saturday 12 July.

A competition with ten elements
The Solar Decathlon is a competition between twenty universities from across the world. The name ‘decathlon’ says it all: the houses are tested and evaluated on ten elements. In addition to the actual measurement of electricity consumption (lights, TV, washing machine, cooking, etc.), the jury awards prizes for the following six elements: communication & social awareness, architecture and sustainability, urban design, transport & affordability, technology & construction and energy efficiency. The jury will announce the overall winner on Saturday 12 July. The Solar Decathlon is open to the public between Saturday 28 June and 14 July 2014. 

DUT14 unveiled on Delft Market Square

On Friday 13 June the DUT Racing Team presented its new racing car, the DUT14, on the Delft Market Square. The crowd of more than 500 onlookers was amazed by the sight of the DUT14 as it was unveiled to the accompaniment of smoke and loud music. It was clear during the demo that the new racing car has great potential.

DUT14 is even lighter than its predecessor and has a top speed of an impressive 132 km/h. The wheel diameter of this year's design is considerably smaller and, together with the customised tyres, is responsible for much of the weight reduction.

This summer the DUT Racing Team and the DUT14 will be participating in a number of Formula Student competitions in England, Germany and Austria.

Photos: Worcflow

Ceremonial launch of latest Solar Boat by André Kuipers

Today astronaut André Kuipers ceremonially launched the solar-powered boat created by the TU Delft Solar Boat Team, watched by family, friends, students, sponsors and a large number of Delft residents. André Kuipers praised the students for the unique and sustainable characteristics of their boat. "This is just the kind of fantastic project we need to make the planet more sustainable. You are the future.” he said. After the launch and words by Delft alderman Ferrie Förster and André Kuipers, the student team's boat took to the Delft waterways for the first time, and even set a new  speed record for the students, reaching 24 km/h. Now the boat has been officially launched the students have just a few weeks to train for the event they built it for: the DONG Energy Solar Challenge, the World Cup For Solar Powered Boats, which is taking place from 28 June to 5 July.


Ecorunner team Delft second at Shell Eco-Marathon

Last weekend the Shell Eco-Marathon was held, whereat vehicles had to drive as many kilometers with 1 liter of fuel. The team from Delft, Delft Ecorunner Team, participated in the hydrogen class. On day 2 of the event, the team achieved a Dutch and a team record with 3524 kilometers / liter, which resulted in a first place. However, the competition was strong and the last day of the event, the team from Delft has been defeated by the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, which eventually led to a second place for Ecorunner Team Delft.

Human Power Team to attempt women's world record as well

Last September, the Human Power Team broke the world record in the 200 m sprint, making Sebastiaan Bowier the world's fastest man. This year, the team aims to break the women's world record and all hopes are resting on team member Irene Tesink. In the past, Irene has been active in the women's elite peloton and she intends to make her comeback with the Human Power Team.


The team also hopes to improve the men's record still further: 25-year-old Delft student Rik Houwers is the man charged with making it happen. Rik is no newcomer to the Human Power Team, having been involved in its establishment and its early record attempts. In recent years, Rik's performance in the elite peloton has led to some great results: victories in the time trials, 30th place in the Dutch championships and 28th in the Norwegian professional tour.

With its new cyclists, the team has also designed a new bike that fits around the cyclists like a made-to-measure suit. This new high-tech recumbent bike, the VeloX IV, is even smaller than the previous version and features an amazing 20% reduction in air resistance. 


Most advanced solar boat uses age-old Dutch cycling steering system

At today's HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show, the TU Delft Solar Boat Team revealed its innovative solar boat to the Dutch public for the first time. For a whole year, 32 TU Delft students have been working on what is currently the most advanced solar boat, with one particular event in mind: the DONG Energy Solar Challenge, the World Cup for Solar Powered Boats. What makes this solar boat unique is the application of a simple Dutch principle: cycling. The boat is not fitted with a classic rudder at the rear, but is controlled by rotating the front hydrofoils in a similar way to steering the front wheel of a bicycle. It is a method of steering that has not been used in boats much up till now. The team hopes that the very small hydrofoils, which feature ultra-low air resistance and are extremely lightweight, will enable them to win back the world title.

Photos: Frank Auperlé

Terraced houses becoming sustainable

Students of the Faculty of Architecture form the Prêt-à-Loger ' team and with their fully sustainable house they will compete in the Solar Decathlon 2014, which will be from 27 June to 3 July. During this event in Versailles,  the team will build a house, which shows how 1.4 million Dutch terraced houses can be modified to sustainable houses. In the next video the design and project is further explained:

Victory for Nuon Solar Team

After the success of the Human Power Team and DUT Racing this year, it was up to the Nuon Solar Team to bring the world cup solar racing back to Delft. On October 10, Nuna7 drove  as the first solar car across the finish line of the World Solar Challenge in Australia. The team had already won the World Solar Challenge four times and with this fifth victory they are absolute record holder.

World Solar Challenge - from the 6th till 13th of October 2013


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Delft high-tech bike sets new world record

It took until the very last attempt in a week of racing, but suddenly everything came together: Sebastiaan Bowier reached a rip-roaring 133.78 km/h in the high-tech recumbent bike developed by students from TU Delft and VU University Amsterdam. This set a new world record, making him the world's fastest cyclist travelling 0.6 km/h faster than the previous record holder, Canadian Sam Wittingham. Team leader Wouter Lion gave a satisfied response: “We knew that both the technical and human aspects were right today: it is highly gratifying that the potential for success ultimately became reality, even though we faced a pretty strong strong headwind.”




220 Kilometres per hour with water out of the exhaust

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers unveiled the Forze VI at the former Valkenburg airfield on Monday 9 September. This new hydrogen-powered racing car has been developed and built by a team of seventy students from TU Delft. Building on the experience and knowledge of the previous five years, the Forze team has succeeded this year in overcoming important technical barriers. The Forze VI is a full-size racing car weighing 880 kilograms with a top speed of 220 km/hour.

The Forze VI
The new racing car is fitted with a fuel-cell system in which hydrogen and oxygen react with each other. This generates electric energy, which is used for two electric motors that drive the wheels. The electric motors have a capacity of 190 kW (260 horsepower). The car can carry three kilograms of hydrogen in two tanks and with this can race at full speed for thirty minutes, and then the tanks can be refilled again in three minutes. With the car, the students want to demonstrate the important future role hydrogen will play in the field of mobility and energy storage.

Jan Lammers has been following the Forze team since 2009 and was clearly impressed during the unveiling today: “Forze has chosen the platform of racing for the development of fuel-cell technology, seeing that everyone knows that competition creates growth. It's fantastic to see the development the Forze cars have undergone over the last four years and that the Forze VI is now in the same league as conventional racing cars.”

Attempting to beat records
Now that the racing car is ready, the TU Delft student team also wants to demonstrate it on the race track. Following a thorough testing phase, the car will attempt to beat the best-known lap records for hydrogen-powered cars in the near future, starting at Zandvoort. The highlight will be the attempt on the lap record for electric hydrogen cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. In addition, the team and the Forze VI will compete against conventionally fuelled racing cars in the Caterham Cup.


Nuon Solar Team races Nuna7 at Zandvoort Racing Circuit

The race at Zandvoort racing circuit was the only possibility to see Nuna7 race in the Netherlands, before the team departs to Australia in the end of August. It was an exciting demonstration as their new solar racer has been completely redesigned. The car has few similarities to its predecessors, besides a ridicoulusly low drag resistance and light-weight construction. The most revolutionary change is the assymmetry of the design. The race driver is positioned in between two wheels on the far right side of the car.

In a race Nuna7 competed against Nuna6, its predecessor and other electric vehicles such as the Fisker Karma and the new Tesla. In this race Nuna7 showed that, even with the new four-wheeled design, it stays the most effecient electric car on the road. Nuna7 is still very light, it weighs only 150kg, and aerodynamic, making it possible to reach a top speed of 185 km/h, purely using solar energy.

TU Delft racing team wins world title again

With a lead of 9.5 points over its arch rival ETH Zürich, DUT Racing held onto its unofficial world title in the Formula Student competition this weekend. The students were competing in Germany against forty other teams in the electric classification. “The car gave a fantastic performance: we secured wins in both the acceleration and endurance events this weekend," explains team leader Marius Knol.

The electric four-wheel drive DUT13 won the Formula Student Germany design and racing competition, known as the unofficial world title. A total of 115 teams took part, including leading teams from across the world. DUT Racing has already secured the world title four times: in 2008 and 2010 with a combustion engine and in 2011 and 2012 in the electric classification. The team retains its leading position in the world ranking.

Nuna7: first four-wheel solar car Nuon Solar Team

This month the Nuon Solar Team presented its new solar car in Delft. The Nuna7 is the team´s first four-wheeled solar car. In October 2013 the team will enter the World Solar Challenge in Australia for the seventh time. This year´s event will welcome 48 student teams from 26 countries.

Super-fast VeloX3 bike tested on motorway

In their test run in Friesland, the Human Power Team, a collaboration between Human Movement Science students from VU Amsterdam and students from TU Delft, reached a speed of almost 80 km/h on a straight stretch of motorway between Franeker and Dronrijp. In September they will be travelling to the USA where they will attempt to beat the world record which currently stands at 133 km/h.

World record attempt by Eco-Runner Team Delft

In two weeks' time the Shell Eco-Marathon 2013 will start. During this five-day event Eco-Runner Team Delft will be attempting to set a new world record for energy efficiency, in the category Hydrogen Prototype. During recent weeks the team has completed several test drives and worked on fine-tuning the Eco-Runner. These tests also provided important experience for the drivers, as lying in the Eco-Runner is not for the faint-hearted. The Shell Eco-Marathon 2013 is taking place from 15 to 19 May at Ahoy Rotterdam. 

Testrun Ecorunner at airport Valkenburg

Inside the cockpit

The ATMOS principle

Team Atmos is one of the newest student projects of the TU Delft and they are making a hybrid Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. In this video the special principle of ATMOS is explained:

Nuna7 team introduction

The Nuon Solar Team is in the midst of the construction of their new solar racer, Nuna7, which will compete in the 2013 World Solar Challenge.

The team had to completely redesign the car: new rules of the World Solar Challenge require that the car has four wheels instead of three. Also, the driver needs to sit almost upright, making the solar car look more like a regular car. Because of the competition, the team keeps Nuna7′s appearance secret for a while, but in the next video, you can already meet the team members:

Human Power Team goes for world record in Nevada

The Human Power Team, made up of students from TU Delft and VU University Amsterdam, recently presented the new design of its recumbent bike, the VeloX. The aim is for this bike to break the current speed record of 133 km/h during a race through the desert in Nevada in September.

While the Amsterdam element of the team is concentrating on the performance of the cyclist, the TU Delft students on their part are focusing on the technical performance of the VeloX. The team's strength lies in the excellent working relationship between both universities.

Just how many different aspects are involved in such a project became clear during the design presentation of the Human Power Team, in which all the different components were discussed in depth. For all the details and improvements to the VeloX and for the selection of the cyclists, take a look at the team's complete design presentation:

Forze IV ready to turn the world upside down

The Forze racing team is making great strides forward this year: their new environmentally friendly hydrogen car is going to take on regular racing cars on the Zandvoort circuit in June.

Expectations are running high. According to team manager Michel Haak, TU Delft's sustainable racing car has an excellent chance of doing well during the Caterham Cup. In fact, he puts it in even stronger terms: ‘We're going to turn the racing world upside down,’ he says confidently. ‘I'm not saying that we're going to win against the regular racing cars. But our simulations indicate that our hydrogen car certainly stands a chance. And that's pretty amazing in itself.’

Helios 3D team ready to compete

The Helios 3D-team has succeeded in designing and buildig a giant 3D LED screen. This screen consists of 12 LED cubes, which can be stacked in different ways, in order to project all kinds of animations and images. Are you curious about the possibilities? Check out this video below:

With these LED cubes, they will participate in a competition, called ‘Global Students Contest’ in China, organized by the Internation Solid State Lightning Alliance. The competition will take place from 7 to 9 November and during these days the teams have to show the possibilities of their cubes. Together with two other universities across the world, the Helios 3D team will compete for the world championship.

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