Cedarville University Engineers Represent U.S. in European Solar Race

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio— More than 100 miles of Dutch rivers, waterways, and canals could not stop the 2006 Cedarville University Solar Boating Team. The solar-powered cedar core boat they designed, manufactured, and engineered captured the second place trophy at the 2006 Frisian Nuon Solar Challenge in the Netherlands.
The first-ever Frisian Nuon Solar Challenge took place June 26-July 2 in the Friesland province of the Netherlands. CU’s competitors included the top universities in the Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden as well as professional engineering teams from around Europe.
The six-day endurance race of solar-powered boats presented “our students with problems and challenges they had little or no training to overcome,” explained Dr. Tim Dewhurst, professor of mechanical engineering and faculty advisor for the project. “They were forced to think on their feet and train themselves to fix the problems and overcome the challenges.”
Prior to the Frisian Nuon Challenge in Europe, the CU Solar Boating Team looked to defend their two-time title of World Champion in Fayetteville, Ark., at Solar Splash® 2006 June 21 to June 25. This year’s competition proved tougher with the University of Arkansas taking first and CU placing second overall. CU outpaced a variety of other competitors, including Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Naval Academy.