World Champs

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio—For the third time, the Cedarville University solar boat engineering team has won Solar Splash®, the world championship of intercollegiate solar boating held in Fayetteville, Ark.

“The Solar Splash competition provides our student engineers with the challenge of harnessing renewable energy,” said Dr. Tim Dewhurst, professor of mechanical engineering and faculty adviser to the project. “Students have a lot of fun while being forced to train themselves to overcome design and implementation demands.”

The student designed and built entry placed first in the qualifying, solar slalom, and technical report aspects of the competition and second in the sprint, solar endurance, and visual display. Of a possible 1,000 points, the team received 974 — the most points and the widest win margin ever achieved by a team at Solar Splash®. The CU team was awarded a record nine trophies for their efforts.

The CU entry outpaced those of teams from 18 other schools, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Cal-Poly Pomona, the University of Arkansas, Carnegie Mellon, and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). View the complete competition results.