Welcome to the communication kit of Solar Team Twente! The aim? You can let the world know that you are a proud supporter of Solar Team Twente, whereby you are investing in talent development, innovation, sustainability and technology. Besides, it is always good for Solar Team Twente to get a bit of extra attention. We hope to get more out of our partnership. This communication kit will be updated every 25th of the month with upcoming events, blogs, vlogs and news.
This section contains both the upcoming events and the general, monthly calendar. The ‘Upcoming events’ will be regularly updated.
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10th of July 2017 - Flying RED Challenge
On the 10th of July the Flying RED Challenge will take place. The Flying RED Challenge is a new challenge set up by Solar Team Twente in which Dutch and German schools compete against each other in a challenge to build the best solar RC plane. This year’s participants are Bonhoeffer College from Enschede and Engelbert-Kaempfer-Gymnasium from Lemgo.
During the challenge on the 10th of July the planes will search for all the previous solar cars from the history of Solar Team Twente. The cars will be spread out in the area around Marknesse. Every time a team finds a solar car, they will receive a hint to solve a case. When the children have solved the case with the help of these hints, it is time to unveil the new car of Solar Team Twente.
We facilitate the schools with the needed solar cells, knowledge and in setting up to join the challenge. This way we hope to invest in the future, inspire the future generations and promote engineering in every layer of education.
This challenge is made possible by NLR, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Techniekpact Twente.
4th-6th of August - Race Simulation
During this 3-day event the team and all external members will simulate the racing scenarios that could happen in Australia. Everything will be tested: from a wheel change to driving the right strategy. The simulation will be set up by team members from previous solar teams, as they have the required experience regarding what we might find on our way through the Australian Outback.
This year the simulation will take place on a track near Doetinchem that is not entirely closed off. This means that during the simulation we will partly be driving on public roads. This brings an added layer of realism as the race will also take place on public roads.
End of August - Departure to Australia
8th-15th of October - Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a bi-yearly race for cars driving purely on solar energy. The race crosses right through the Australian Outback, from Darwin (north) to Adelaide (south). The race spans across 3000 km of public roads posing numerous challenges along the way. The race is all about being the first to cross the finish line, but having the fastest solar car is not a guarantee for victory. Having a strategy that takes weather, energy income and output, road conditions and traffic into account is of vital importance.
The race takes place on several days as the solar cars drive from 8:00 to 17:00. This year’s theme of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is ‘Take on the Dutch’. This is the result of last edition’s performances by the Dutch teams, as all three Dutch teams finished on top in the final standings.
Goal of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge promotes sustainable transportation. Hans Tholstrup and Larry Perkins drove in 1982 from west to east Australia in their self-build solar car. This was the inspiration to encourage others to find the limits of solar powered transportation. Participating teams are challenged to design a car that drives 3000 kilometers in a maximum of 6 days purely on solar energy. By changing the regulations almost every edition, technological innovations are stimulated in the participating teams.
Challenger class: Solar Team Twente participates in the Challenger class. The solar cars in this class are designed for efficiency. The winner of the Challenger class is the team that is the first to complete the entire route with their solar car.
Participants: More than fourty teams from all around the globe participate in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. There are for example several teams from Europe, America, Indonesia, Japan and Arabia.
Regulations: Read all about the new regulations
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August 2017 – Race simulation and preparations for Australia
In August the race simulation will take place. During this 3-day event the team and all external members will simulate the racing scenarios that could happen in Australia. Everything will be tested: from a wheel change to driving the right strategy. The simulation will be set up by team members from previous solar teams, as they have the required experience regarding what we might find on our way through the Australian Outback.
During this month Solar Team Twente will also be busy with the last preparations for the departure to Australia at the end of August.
September 2017 – Last preparations for the race
In Australia the tests will continue. In this period the time has come to test both the car and the team in the Australian environment. The team will be strengthened by 20 external members that will support the team during the race. Before the actual race starts, another race simulation will be conducted to optimally prepare the team for the upcoming race.
October 2017 – The race
The last days before the race takes place contain some very important events: scrutineering and qualifying. Scrutineering is the technical inspection. The car will be tested to check if she complies with the requirements of the regulation. On Saturday 7th our solar car will take part in the qualifying to determine the starting time on Sunday 8th. The actual race takes place from the 8th to the 15th.
November, December 2017 and January 2018 – Evaluation and final event
This phase will be all about finishing the project. All sub-teams and the entire team will evaluate the past year and a half. RED Shift, which fought for the victory in Australia, will be shown on several events. Near the end of this phase, the after movie of our team will be shown. After this event, the current team will stop and the solicitation procedure of the next team will be started.
To explain everyone something more about the technology in our solar car, we release a Wisdom Wednesday two times a month. We will show you the different aspects of building the best solar car in the world. Our partners, who help to develop or produce the solar car, will also be mentioned. Stay in touch, because maybe your company will be mentioned in our upcoming blogs and vlogs.
28th of June – Electrical engineering: Electric motor: the car’s true muscle!
12th of July – Strategy:
26th of July – Data Acquisition:
9th of August – Electrical Engineering:
23rd of August – Aerodynamics: Wind Tunnel Tests
6th of September – Strategy: Parametrisation
20th of September – Aerodynamics: Theory versus Practice
4th of October – Electrical Engineering:
Animation 1 – Explanation about the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
Animation 2 – Explanation about our team structure
Animation 3 – Explanation about the different phases of the project
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Every first friday of the month we have our monthly vlog. This is a video about all the highlights of the month before. These vlogs can be found on our Youtube channel.
General Information about Solar Team Twente
Solar Team Twente consists of twenty students of Saxion and University of Twente. Four students study at Saxion and sixteen at University of Twente. In the team everybody has their own function regarding management, communications or technical team.
Solar Team Twente has more than 100 partners and still growing. All partners are very involved in the project and contribute to the rpoject with their knowledge, abilities, expertise about technology, management and communication.
Stichting Solar Team Twente
All layers of Twente’s education are represented by Stichting Solar Team Twente (foundation). The Stichting consists of representatives of ROC Twente, Saxion, University of Twente and Thales.
The project is financed through several partners (authorities, educational institutions and companies). Financing is done both in cash and in kind.
The official name ‘Solar Team Twente’ must initially be used in references. Of course, besides that, other references are possible. Clarity about the geographical origin of the team is preferred, because there are three solar teams in the Netherlands. Good examples in Dutch are: het Twentse solarteam, het solarteam uit Twente. English: the solar team from Twente, Twente’s solar team.
The article ‘the’ (in Dutch: ‘het’) is NOT part of the name. Undesirable examples in Dutch are: Het Solar Team, Solarteam, Het Solar Team Twente. English: the Solar Team, Solarteam, the Solar Team Twente.
Desired examples in Dutch are: het (Twentse) solarteam, Solar Team Twente. English: (Twente’s) solar team, Solar Team Twente.
Furthermore, we emphasize that we are a team of students from both Saxion and University of Twente. The team, however, is not from ‘Saxion’ or ‘University of Twente’. A wrong designation therefore would be: the team from University of Twente/Saxion. When it is preferred to emphasize which educational institution the students are from, then name both institutions. Pay attention: Saxion and University of Twente are both written without article (no ‘the’ or ‘het’).