SIYAHAMBA SOLAR BOAT TEAM
Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) Industrial Energy Efficient Training and Resource Centre (IEETR)
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Energy Technology Station known as “Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) Industrial Energy Efficient Training and Resource Centre (IEETR), is based in the Physics Unit at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and is established as one of many technology stations based within South African Universities. The energy technology station was created in July 2012 and is funded by TIA (Technology Innovation Agency) to respond to the need for awareness, innovation, development, empowerment, research and technology, and provide subsidized services in energy efficiency and energy projects within Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN).
Our main objective competing would be to innovate and learn and to inspire fellow Durban University of Technology (DUT) students and the South African industry, in particular the Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) industry. This could possibly be the first participation from Africa. This project will give team members the opportunity to build something unique. There are not many opportunities for students to work on a project so good as a solar-powered boat. It allows students to a high level of creative and engineering freedom and allows them to apply this knowledge to build a hands-on project from start-up. Our boat has an overall length of 5.5 meters, width of 2.4 meters and height of 1.2 meters. The main body is made from a carbon fibre composite structure reinforced with aluminium. The estimated overall weight is 100 kilograms. We have a PV array of 1.3 Kilowatts to charge a 1.46 Kilowatt hour battery bank in order to power our 4 Kilowatt Torqeedo electric motor.