SOLAR SPLASH is the World Championship of intercollegiate Solar/Electric boating. Its official name is “an international intercollegiate solar/electric boat regatta,” and it takes place over five days. Technical Inspections are done on the first day, and the remainder of the time is occupied by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories starting with Technical reports that are submitted before teams arrive at the competition. On-site competitions include Visual Displays and Workmanship. On-the-water events begin with a Sprint and a Maneuverability qualifier. This is followed by an event called the Solar Slalom, which is a combination of speed and maneuverability. The final days are spent in the Sprint and Endurance events.
The competition serves as an opportunity for students to compete and showcase their accomplishments. Students learn to use solar energy for transportation purposes and get hands-on experience with sustainable energy, energy management, and the importance of efficiency and good design.
SOLAR SPLASH is organized by Solar Splash, Inc., a 501(c)(3) [not-for-profit] organization whose purposes are exclusively charitable and educational. Contact email@example.com for more information.
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IEEE-PELS put together two videos about Solar Splash:
The DONG Energy Solar Challenge in The Netherlands ran from July 8-14, 2012. SOLAR SPLASH’s Technical Manager, David Luneau, attended and posted his thoughts and some photos daily. Read his “blog” here.