Driving thousands of kilometres solely using solar energy through varying conditions. That is what makes Solar Team Twente one of the most exciting student teams worldwide. This year, the first innovation edition has started. Seven highly motivated students will commit themselves to innovative and revolutionary projects, challenging the boundaries of current technology. Throughout the years, technical innovations have become significantly more complex and demanding. Therefore, during this edition the focus will shift completely towards innovation, enabling Solar Team Twente to explore areas it has not yet been able to.

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. Solar Team Twente is one of the biggest 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 more than a year 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. Together, we make a difference!

Management Team

Laura Voogd

Team Manager

My name is Laura Voogd. I am 21 years old, and this year I will fulfil the role of Team Manager of the first innovation edition of Solar Team Twente. After finalizing my bachelor’s degree in Technology, Liberal Arts, and Sciences I wanted to broaden my horizon by joining this trailblazing team. This edition of Solar Team Twente will focus on exploring, innovating and effectuating what is yet unknown to us. Hence, my role as team manager will revolve around guiding the team in this new context, where the possibilities are limitless and exciting adventurous lie ahead!

Jeroen Pouwels

Account Manager

My name is Jeroen Pouwels, I am 22 years old, and I am the Account Manager of the first innovation edition of Solar Team Twente. After finishing my Bachelor Mechanical Engineering, I wanted to challenge myself in a different way than during my studies. Solar Team Twente is the ideal opportunity to accomplish this goal since it enables me to perfectly align my passion for technology with my interest in external affairs. As Account Manager my responsibilities include balancing the budget and contacting our partners.

Daan de Jong

Technical Manager / Logistics Officer

Hey, my name is Daan de Jong and I am 22 years old. During the first innovation edition of Solar Team Twente, I will take the roles of Technical Manager and Logistics officer. We want to challenge ourselves to change up the way we look at Solar Racing and Innovate the car in ways that have not been done before. Together with our partners we want to see how we can keep improving the technical systems to gain an edge during races. With knowledge from my Mechanical Engineering background, I hope to leave a mark on Solar Team Twente and make improvements like never before!

Marketing & Communications Team

Esmee Hulsman

Marketing & Communications / PR

My name is Esmee Hulsman, and I am 23 years old. During the very first innovation edition of Solar Team Twente, I am part of the communication team. My responsibilities are events, marketing & communications, and PR. After completing my third year of Health & Applied Technology, I was searching for a unique challenge outside the medical field. I am really looking forward to work in a highly motivated team and to challenge ourselves to the best of our abilities!

Technical Team

Daan Nibbering


My name is Daan Nibbering, I am 21 years old and I am the new strategist of the first innovation edition of Solar Team Twente! I finished my Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and always liked working in interdisciplinary teams and applying my knowledge into practice. Joining Solar Team Twente allows me to develop my skills further and I am very excited to be part of a highly motivated team. As a strategist, I have the challenging and exciting task of making the strategy for the race and hopefully we can finish first with our solar car!

Roosmarijn Meijers

Electrical Engineer

I am Roosmarijn Meijers, I am 22 years old and will fulfil the roles of Electrical Engineer and Financial Administrator. After finishing by bachelor I decided to do a board year at an association to get more management and soft skills. Now it is time to step back into the Electrical Engineering world and focus more on my practical skills in a team I have long admired. As part of the first innovation edition of Solar Team Twente I will focus on adapting and innovating the solar car, implementing new solutions and testing new systems. The innovation edition is an amazing opportunity to test new and risky systems in a fast developing industry.

Vera Leeman

Research & Development Engineer

My name is Vera Leeman, and I am 22 years old. Next year, I will be the R&D engineer which means I will focus on designing and implementing new techniques to make the solar car even faster and more efficient. Being part of the first at Solar Team Twente is a unique challenge, and I am looking forward to working together with the team to create the best possible car.

FAQ section
How fast can the solar car go?
That varies per solar car, but the fastest so far has been “21Connect” with 140 km/h. RED E, our smallest one can go up to 128 km/h. Keep in mind that the design of our cars is bound to the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Regulations. This means that solar car can possibly go a lot faster with a different design or additional changes.
Why do the solar cars look different?
This happens because we build our new cars for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC), the most prestigious race for solar cars in the world. This race takes place every two years, with the next time being in October 2023. To foster innovation and challenge the status quo, the BWSC introduces regulation changes every two years. The students then come up with the most efficient design given the regulations, and often innovate with new designs. In the past, Solar Team Twente innovated a lot in their electrical system. Another example of great innovation that is easier to spot is the bullet design introduced by the Japanese Tokai Solar team in 2017. Two years later, many other teams followed up and improved the bullet design even further.   For 2021, the main changes are the following:

  • 3 wheels are allowed again (instead of only 4 wheels)
  • The solar array may not be bigger than 4.00 square metres
  • The car may not be longer than 5.00 metres, which is roughly the length of a normal car
  • The car may not be wider than 2.20 metres
  • A mannequin with a height of 2.00 metres has to fit in the car
Do you have to be a student to participate?
Yes, but you can be either a Bachelor or Master student. We are proud that this massive project is executed by students of Saxion University of Applied Sciences and University of Twente. We design, build, and race a new solar car every 2 years and innovate technology related to sustainable mobility.
How long do the members participate in the project?
Students commit 1.5 years of full-time work to Solar Team Twente. This is split into two main parts: The first 12 months are used for designing, building, and testing a new, innovative solar car. It typically also includes a race in their first month of working, the iLumen European Solar Challenge. The remaining half year, the team prepares for a second race, participates in it, and finally prepares everything for the next Solar Team Twente generation. This race is the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia; an endurance race of more than 3.000 kilometers through the outback. In 2021, a different race is set to take place due to the corona virus.
Do you have to be doing a technical study program to participate?
No, everyone can find their place within Solar Team Twente. We have several examples of team members who did a non-technical study and for some positions, it is even beneficial to have studied something else. Take a look at the three sub-teams of Solar Team Twente:

  • Technical team
  • Marketing & Communications team
  • Management team

For the last two sub-teams, you do not need a technical study background. More important is enthusiasm and passion for this project. Ideally, you have experience with project management, but that can also be learned on the job.