Design latest foiling hydrogen boat presented


Frank Stapelbroek from Ruurlo unveils boat with TU Delft Hydro Motion Team

RUURLO/DELFT – After months of hard work, the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team proudly presented the design of the hydrogen powered boat to a full Aula on the TU Delft campus last Wednesday evening. The TU Delft Hydro Motion Team is an interdisciplinary team of 23 students who build a hydrogen-powered boat in one year.

On January 4, the team members presented the design with the theme of Turning the Tide. Now that the design is complete, the team can start building the boat in earnest to take part in the World Championship in Monaco next summer. The team is committed to driving the maritime industry towards a sustainable future.

“Over the last seventeen years we have been building amazing boats that run on renewable energy sources. We wanted to inspire the maritime industry for a more sustainable future. But now with our design we want to do more than inspire. Everyone now knows, that needs to change, now is the time for action within the maritime industry. With this design, now is the time to ‘turn the tide'”, said Team Manager Isabelle de Bruijn during the design presentation on Wednesday evening. The theme of the presentation was therefore: ‘ Turning the Tide’.

Each year, the student team takes up the challenge by designing, building and sailing an innovative boat on sustainable energy in one year. In August, the current team started with just one goal; win the Monaco Open Sea Class in July 2023. Now they are one step closer, Wednesday evening was the design presentation of the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team. After discussing all the options and making difficult choices and working them out in detail, the final design is complete! An important part of the design are the hydrofoils, also called hydrofoils, which ensure that the boat can fold, which means that the boat basically comes out of the water, so that the boat can sail faster and with less fuel. With this, the team hopes to take first place in Monaco.

Are you curious about the boat’s design? This can now be seen on the website of the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team:

The aftermovie and the entire live stream of the design presentation can now also be viewed via the YouTube channel of the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team:

The boat designed by the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team in recent months runs on hydrogen. The boat is designed for foiling using T-shaped hydrofoils. In this way, the hydrogen boat can reach the same speed as the boats that run on batteries. To foil, the boat must have enough speed to generate lift. From then on, the hydrofoils will lift the boat out of the water and the boat of around 1000 kg will “fly” over the water. It is important for the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team to foil the boat because they want to win the Open Sea Class in the Monaco Open Energy Boat Challenge. This race will take place on the open sea. The boat must therefore be able to withstand the waves that can disturb the boat’s balance. The boat must also remain light enough to foil. To achieve this, the student team has made a number of improvements to the design compared to last year.

With the renewed boat, the overall electrical system has been improved over last year, making this system much lighter and more reliable. Furthermore, adjustments have been made to the design so that the boat can foil stably. For example, the height control system has been improved and the hull of the boat has been designed in such a way that it remains stable during both planing and foiling. The whole boat is also lighter this year, so the hydrogen can be used more efficiently.

Frank is Chief Engineer in the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team. This means that Frank is responsible for the three engineering departments in the team. De Ruurloër ensures that all parts fit together and that the quality of the boat is high.

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