ECN is a proud sponsor of the solar vehicle Nuna7

The Nuon Solar Team has won the World Solar Challenge 2013. The race, which covered a distance of 3000 kilometres, went straight through Australia. The start of the race was in the northern town of Darwin and subsequently went to Alice Springs to end in Adelaide, in the south. The team consists of 16 students of Delft University of technology. All in all, it took the team 18 months to design and produce the Nuna7 for the race.

Together with the Nuon Solar Team, ECN has worked on the solar vehicle Nuna7. The Nuon Solar Team tested various solar modules with different treatments, thus ensuring the most optimal efficiency from incident light. Multiple laminates have been tested on the panels under various angles.

Conducting measurements on high-efficiency solar panels requires highly accurate measuring equipment. One of these instruments offered by ECN is the solar panel flasher, which is able to determine the efficiency of a solar panel with high accuracy. This flasher has assisted in taking decisions on which solar panels to install onto Nuna7. It is the first time that an entirely new type of solar panel was used.

Moreover, ECN assisted with the turning and milling of mechanical parts of Nuna7. Most of the metal parts of Nuna7 have been processed in ECN’s workshop, where only R&D parts with the smallest tolerances are developed.

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