Ericsson supports building AGH UST Solar Boat

Work on AGH UST Solar Boat in Ropczyce shipyard, photo by Dawid Bała, AGH UST Krakow Student Photo Agency

Work on AGH UST Solar Boat in Ropczyce shipyard, photo by Dawid Bała, AGH UST Krakow Student Photo Agency

Consultation session with Alessandro Vismara, Italian architect, photo by Dawid Bała, AGH UST Krakow Student Photo Agency

Computer visualisation of AGH UST Solar Boat

The students of the AGH University of Science and Technology are finishing the project AGH UST Solar Boat. In July 2017, the one-man boat powered by solar energy will take part in the prestigious international challenge of solar boats in Monaco. The Ericsson company is also involved in the project, and its experts support the students in the area of programming the boat.  

The pioneering project is developed by an interdisciplinary team composed of two organisations – the Student Special Interest Group “Eko-Energia” at the Faculty of Energy and Fuels, and the AGH UST Academic Sailing Club. The constructors of the boat combine their sailing passion with the scientific passion for using alternative sources of energy. 

Thanks to the partnership with Ericsson, the students can obtain professional advice connected with programming the boat from mentors who are involved in coding on a daily basis. Collaboration between the AGH UST students and Ericsson encompasses the programming of the steering algorithm. Additionally, they are preparing electrical accessories that will be installed on the boat. The Ericsson’s mentors provide advice in the areas of telemetry and programming, as well as they monitor the solutions developed by the constructors of the boat. The solar boat, thanks to hydrowings partly controlled by on-board equipment, will be able to reach the speed of about 20 knots (10 m/s). 

“At the moment, we are at the final phase of building the boat. Our electrical section collaborates with Ericsson. The company experts help us in coding, telemetry, and programming related to steering the boat. Thanks to professional support, our project is gaining a new quality,” says Agata Halińska, student of the AGH UST Faculty of Energy and Fuels and the AGH UST Faculty of Management. 

“Ericsson and the AGH UST Solar Boat Team combine love for the same values – striving for perfection and a high quality of every detail,” adds Anna Popiołek, student of the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection. 

“Collaboration with Ericsson on the student project AGH UST Solar Boat is unique in the sense that the main beneficiaries are the students. Transfer of knowledge from one of the largest companies in the telecommunication sector combined with support from mentors help the project develop dynamically. Thanks to the company’s involvement, the students can regularly turn to the experts for advice on programming issues. In a long-term perspective, it means that the graduates who leave our university will not be unfamiliar with collaboration with companies, and they will also be ones whose until-then activities have been checked against the market reality,” emphasizes professor Jerzy Lis, AGH UST Vice-Rector for Cooperation. 

Paweł Szczerkowski, Head of Ericsson Research and Development Center in Poland says:

“We are very pleased with being able to support this environmentally-friendly project, especially because it is the students’ own initiative. Professional mentoring provided by the employees of the R&D Center in Poland is our great pleasure and a satisfaction following from the fact of contributing to a unique and ambitious student project. We also need to remember that the project AGH UST Solar Boat is not the only aspect of close collaboration with the university.”  

Launching the boat is planned in June 2017. 

More information about the project can be found on the websites www.solarboat.agh.edu.pl and www.facebook.com/AGHSolarBoatTeam

About Ericsson  

Ericsson is the world’s largest provider of technologies and services for telecommunications, offering to the network community real-time solutions that make it easier for everyone to study, work, and live in well-balanced societies all over the world.

The company is present in over 180 countries, and has more than 110,000 employees. Ericsson was established in 1876, and its headquarters are in Stockholm. In 2016, the company’s net income from sales was SEK 222.8 bn. Ericsson is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm and NASDAQ in New York.