The World Cup for Solar Powered Boats ( Solar Thermal Magazine) It started as one single idea in 2005 and in the following editions it grew to an international race: the World Cup for Solar Powered Boats. With a lot of innovative developments the fifth edition of the DONG Energy Solar Challenge takes place from June 28th to July 5th, 2014. Competitors will race from the Blauwestad to Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.
The Solar Challenge had a change of name in 2010 due to a change in our head sponsor, it became: DONG Energy Solar Challenge.
With 43 teams there was a record amount of contesters in 2010. The race innovated and the journey in stages was made longer. It was the first time in history that solar boats used hydrofoils, which made them considerably faster. In 2006 the fastest boat needed 17 hours to complete the journey of 200 kilometres. In 2010 the same distance took only 11,5 hours. And in 2012 it was even faster, 10 hours and 40 minutes. And the field of contenders also changed. Instead of mostly Dutch participants more and more international teams joined the DONG Energy Solar Challenge. In 2012 contenders came from all around the world, from China to Brazil, USA and many European countries.
The technique keeps developing. How many boats will be at the start of the race in 2014?
And will the time of 10 hours and 40 minutes be beaten this year? We will see!