OPEN SEA CLASS
TU DELFT SOLAR BOAT TEAM
TU Delft Solar Boat Team
Hydro Motion initiative, by TU Delft Solar Boat Team, is one of the Dreamteams of Delft University of Technology. We are a group of 20 ambitious students with 8 different study backgrounds, that put their studies on hold for the entire year, to design, build and race a hydrogen-powered boat to inspire the maritime industry and show the world the potential of hydrogen energy. For the past 15 years, we have focused on generating renewable energy with our solar boats. This year, we take the next step. We switch from generating clean energy to storing clean energy, where we explore hydrogen energy as an option for sustainable energy storage. Each year we use the experience of previous teams to build up our knowledge. We chose to compete in the Open Sea Class to show the maritime offshore industry and the world what is possible with hydrogen energy.
This year, our team is building a boat that sails on hydrogen to explore the possibilities to store green energy. Each year, we set a goal at the beginning of the year and go through a full design cyclus of design, production and testing in one year. We make a trimaran with hydro foils to sail with less drag. We actively control our foils with a height control system that adjusts the angle of attack if the boat gets out of balance. This way we can stably fly for extensive periods of time. Our special innovation is our hydrogen system which needs a more advanced cooling system.