In this newsletter, we update you on the outcomes of the three competitions in which Eco-Runner Team Delft has participated during this month. We present an overview of news reports that have been published regarding our project and team and we are happy to announce a new partnership! As always we end with some striking news on hydrogen.
Shell Eco-marathon Off-track Awards
We are proud to announce that Eco-Runner Team Delft has won the Vehicle Design Award of the Shell Eco-marathon Off-Track Awards 2020! Apart from transitioning the project from the Prototype class, we designed the best Urban Concept vehicle of the Shell Eco-marathon. The hard work of our engineers gave our team an extra edge when it came to improving our on-track performance. Check out Shell’s announcement of the Vehicle Design award here.
Hydrogen Endurance Race
On the 2nd and 3rd of July, the Hydrogen Endurance Race took place on a racing track in Rijswijk, where Eco-Runner Team Delft raced against HAN Hydromotive, who had placed third in the SEM 2019. The vehicle that had driven the most efficient would be crowned as the most efficient hydrogen-powered city car. The hydrogen consumption was measured in order to ultimately crown one of the vehicles as the most efficient hydrogen-powered city car.
During our team’s best attempt, we set a score of 2506,6 km/kg H2, a score which made us clear winners of the Hydrogen Endurance Race! Our team is super proud of its achievements and the Eco-Runner X’s capabilities. Watch the aftermovie of the competition below!
On the 28th and 29th of August, Eco-Runner Team Delft competed against both HAN Hydromotive and Green Team Twente during the Aerodynamic Eco-competition. The Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre, NLR, and The German-Dutch Wind Tunnels, DNW, had offered us to put the body of our vehicles to the test inside their wind tunnel. This third competition was held in order to find out which vehicle is the most aerodynamically efficient. Both the total air resistance and the drag coefficients were calculated inside the windtunnel and will determine the winner of this last competition. The results will be published soon, as well as an informative aftermovie about this interesting day. So stay tuned!
Collaboration TU Delft Energy Club
We are happy to announce our new partnership with the TU Delft Energy Club. The TU Delft Energy Club is a student-led organisation, committed to address all the energy-related issues and to connect students to opportunities in this field. Our new partnership aims to strengthen both our networks and to engage more students, companies and researchers in the energy transition.
Eco-Runner Team Delft In The News!
The successes of our team have not gone unnoticed. Our team has appeared on several news websites in the past month. Below you may find an overview of the different articles about Eco-Runner Team Delft and our vehicle, the Eco-Runner X.
- Studenten TU Delft organiseren efficiëntierace met waterstof – NU.nl
- Studenten bouwen zuinigste stadsauto op waterstof ooit – Kidsweek
- Strijd HAN-TU Delft: 2500 kilometer autorijden op 1 kilogram waterstof – de Gelderlander
- Waterstofauto van Delftse studenten rijdt 5000 kilometer op 1 kilo waterstof – Duurzaam Bedrijfsleven
- Eco-Runner X by Team Delft – Reveal – Sensors Technology
- Wie wint Hydrogen Endurance Race tussen HAN Hydromotive en TU Delft Eco-Runner? – Studeer Techniek HAN
- Eco-Runner Team Delft wint de Hydrogen Endurance Race 2020 – Duurzaam Nieuws
- Eco-Runner Team Delft wint Hydrogen Endurance Race – Delftse Post
Microsoft tests hydrogen fuel cells for backup power at datacenters | Innovation Stories.
Hydrogen fuel cells have powered a row of data center servers for 48 consecutive hours, Microsoft announced Monday. The company is working on its commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. To help achieve that goal and accelerate the global transition away from fossil fuels, Microsoft is also aiming to eliminate its dependency on diesel fuel by 2030.
The company’s use of diesel fuel is primarily confined to Azure datacenters, where diesel-powered generators support continuous operations in the event of power outages and other service disruptions. In recent years, hydrogen fuel cell costs have plummeted to the point that they are now an economically viable alternative to diesel-powered backup generators.
First hydrogen trucks are on their way.
Hyundai has started the production of the first hydrogen trucks in the world last Monday in their factory in South Korea. Hyundai will export 10 zero-emission trucks to Switzerland. The trucks have an expected driving range of 400 km, but the company is still developing a truck that should reach a driving range of 1000 km. Hyundai plans to produce 1,600 hydrogen trucks in the next 5 years.
BMW develops hydrogen cars.
Earlier this year we already wrote about the goals that BMW has set for driving on hydrogen. Their goal was to bring the first hydrogen-powered vehicles into production by 2025, but the company is now announcing to start piloting the second generation of hydrogen-powered cars as soon as 2022.