The Vattenfall Solar Team

Vattenfall has been the main sponsor of the Vattenfall Solar Team for 20 years.

A group of ambitious students from the TU in Delft in The Netherlands, designs and builds a new solar powered racing car every year: the Nuna. As Vattenfall Solar Team, the students participate in the largest solar races in the world, where they drive thousands of kilometers, purely on the power of the sun. The combination of technology, sustainable energy and excitement of the races perfectly reflects the vision of the Vattenfall Solar Team: pushing technical boundaries and inspiring others to a sustainable future, in which we use energy in the most efficient way. A vision that fits well with Vattenfall's ambition to make fossil free living possible within one generation.

The new Vattenfall Solar Team is preparing the next race. Photo: Jorrit Lousberg

Nuna Phoenix

During the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 in Australia, the NunaX solar car caught fire and was destroyed. The car had just 300 kilometres of the race to go and was in first place in the rankings. Fortunately, the driver was able to escape the solar car in time. This event brought an unexpected end to the dream of the Delft students. This year, the students had to build a new car in record time, so that the team could ‘rise from the ashes’ again. For this reason, the name of the new solar car is Nuna Phoenix.

Vattenfall Solar Team breaks solar racing world endurance record

On 8 August, the Vattenfall Solar Team set a new solar racing world endurance record on the RDW (Department of Road Transport) test track in Lelystad in the Netherlands. Over 12 hours, the Nuna Phoenix solar car drove more than 924 kilometres fuelled entirely by solar power. Although the team could not compete with other solar cars this year due to the corona crisis, this achievement once again underlines the team's reputation as a solar champion. The previous world endurance record was held by Nuna 8s since 2017 with 882 kilometers.

Twenty years of innovation

The solar cars of the Vattenfall Solar Team have been pushing the boundaries of technology for twenty years. The Vattenfall Solar Team is building a car that can travel thousands of miles without using a single drop of fuel - and we have not finished innovating! In this way we support the transition to fossil free transport.


The Vattenfall Solar Team over the years.

More about solar cars

Vattenfall Solar Team, Nuna11
Jorrit Lousberg

Vattenfall Solar Team presents Nuna11, the 'Picasso of solar cars'

The Vattenfall Solar Team unveiled their latest solar car, the Nuna11, on 8 July. The most striking feature is the unique design. The solar car is a three-wheeler with the third wheel in an ...

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 Vattenfall Solar Team 2020. Due to Coronavirus guidance, the Vattenfall Solar Team could not be photographed together. The team photo is made up of 17 individual photos.
Photo: Jorrit Lousberg

Vattenfall Solar Team out of the starting blocks for the Australia solar race

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, don't know yet whether the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will happen this October, but the Vattenvall Solar Team is making sure it's ready for it any...

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Vattenfall Solar Team

The Vattenfall Solar Team looks to strike gold again

Vattenfall is teaming up with the Vattenfall Solar Team again this year to try and win the World Solar Challenge title. After this race – which is set to take place in Australia in October –...

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Vattenfall Solar Team. Photo: Hans-Peter van Velthoven
Foto: Hans-Peter van Velthoven

Vattenfall Solar Team breaks solar racing world endurance record on scorching hot day

Solar champions uphold their reputation and drive solar car Nuna Phoenix more than 924 kilometres in 12 hours entirely on solar power.

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The Vattenfall solar team

Vattenfall Solar Team will not participate in US race due to coronavirus

The Vattenfall Solar Team will not be taking part in the American Solar Challenge this summer.

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No more than two of the students in the team are allowed in the workshop at the same time which slows down the work.

Vattenfall Solar Team faces multiple hurdles because of Covid-19

The Dutch team is still focusing to go through with the America Solar Challenge in July.

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