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.
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.
American Solar Challenge 2020
The Vattenfall Solar Team will not race in the American Solar Challenge, which takes place from 18 to 25 July 2020. This is an inevitable decision given the situation in Europe and America due to the coronavirus crisis. Despite this, the solar car Nuna Phoenix will be ready to drive, according to plan and in line with the American race regulations. The team will keep a close eye on the developments across the world and will decide on how to proceed on that basis. The safety of the team and everyone involved is always paramount.
Safest Nuna ever
The rules that participating solar cars must comply with are strict, particularly with regard to safety. For example, the solar car will be equipped with a metal roll cage. There is also a mandatory active battery protection system, which ensures that the battery switches off automatically when deviating values are measured.
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.