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Hungary's first solar racing boat

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The BME Solar Boat Team
Hungary's first solar racing boat
In the summer of 2014, three students from Budapest University decided to take part in a series of competitions run by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The target was to build a racing boat that was powered exclusively by solar powered batteries.
The Solar Boat Team had taken on a demanding challenge. The aim: To build Hungary's first solar racing boat.
Such a project does not only require technical know-how, but also knowledge in marketing and legal principles. Because of this, the team increased within a short time to a total of 26 people.
In order to actually bring the boat to water in Holland and Monte Carlo, approximately one year of design and another year of manufacture and assembly were required. Many thousands of working hours have gone into the solar boat, a large percentage of which were manual labour.

When selecting which products to use, great care was taken to keep the weight of the boat as low as possible. For this reason norelem angle sets type I for optimum positioning of the elements to be welded, plastic hinges with detent and rod ends with plain bearings for the hinged deck were used. For the drive and steerage systems DIN 6885 A steel parallel keys were used.

The team enjoyed first success at the Dutch Solar Challenge and the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge. At the latter they achieved 7th place.
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