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delaware is proud Innovation Partner of the Agoria Solar Team

Later this year, from the 13th until the 20th of October, 53 solar cars from 24 countries will race against each other through the Australian Outback in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The Agoria Solar Team, consisting of 19 engineering students from the Catholic University of Leuven, will once again be competing in this event. This year, their eyes are on the coveted first place as they aim to do even better than their predecessors who won third prize in 2017. For the design of the eighth solar car, called the BluePoint, the students pulled out all the stops and this model is even smaller than its predecessor. It is the most aerodynamic vehicle from Belgium: the shape of the vehicle was tinkered for six months in order to get the air resistance this low. It's also the first time that the students have developed the solar panel themselves.

As a global company that delivers advanced ICT solutions and services, delaware is well placed to support the enthusiastic students in their search for innovative solutions. More specifically, in the role of Innovation Partner, we will help them to explore artificial intelligence as a way of better analyzing the data captured by the car sensors. They can use those insights to optimize the driving performance and hence further increase the chances of finishing first. Next to that, our experts are also collaborating on optimizing the team’s project management.

Boosting project management skills

Meet the pilots Inge Habets & Nelis Geurts in the video on the right! They won’t race alone, however, as the complete Agoria Solar Team will be traveling down under and support them through every step of the race. The Agoria Solar team is put together by a jury to ensure that the best-performing team is competing in this international competition. To increase their chances of finishing first, delaware supports the students by boosting the team’s project management skills.

Three things you didn’t know about the world’s largest solar car race

Even though the World Solar Challenge might ring a bell with most people, not much is known about the – sometimes surprising – details that make the race such a one-of-a-kind event.

  1. The route traverses the entire Australian mainland from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south, which is exactly 3.021 km.
  2. The complete Agoria Solar Team will travel down under, for more than a month. And the solar car isn’t the only car that drives the race – a complete convoy of team vehicles will be in front of and behind the car.
  3. All solar cars must comply to a very specific set of rules. Curious what these are? Read the full blog!