Message from the winning Nuon Solar Team

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Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016 Last week the Nuon Solar Team won the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa with their solar car, the Nuna 8S. Kipp & Zonen has sponsored the team for many years, providing them with. This year they sent us a very nice video which we would like to share with you.

Nuon Solar Team wins the Sasol Solar Challenge

The Sasol Solar Challenge is an eight-day event that took place in South Africa last month. This event sees local and international solar-powered cars travel as fast as they can on various roads and loops between Pretoria and Cape Town. The journey traverses some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes, from desert and savannah to mountainous terrain and coastal forest.

One of the participants was the Nuon Solar Team from Delft University of Technology and again this Dutch team did live up to our expectations: they won the 2016 Sasol Solar Challenge for the second time. And this year they broke the world record too! Even though they suffered several setbacks, the most remarkable one being stopped by local police officers.

Finding the spot with maximum yield 

During the race the Nuon Solar Team sent us below video. They used our pyranometers to find this perfect spot to charge their solar care. Watch the video to find out how they did that.

Nuon Solar Team and Kipp & Zonen

Kipp & Zonen has been a sponsor of the Nuon Solar Team for many years. We have provided them with pyranometers and since last year they have been measuring solar radiation data with the smart SMP10. As mentioned before the team won the 2015 World Solar Challenge in Australia and while they were there they documented their experiences for our newsletter. In this report they shared with us how exactly the team uses pyranometers for a better performance in the race. 

Kipp & Zonen also sponsors Solar Boat Teams

Parallel to the Nuon Solar Team we have also been supporting two solar boat teams CLAFIS Victron and  TU Delft  by providing an SMP10 pyranometer. These SMP 10’s were successfully used by both Solar Boat Teams.

The Nuon Solar Team’s record is quite impressive; they’ve won the World Solar Challenge in Australia six (6) times already, the last time being in 2015. They can now add their second victory in South Africa to the list.

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