Solar boat designed by AGH UST students presented in the bend of the Vistula River

AGH UST students present their solar boat, photo by Zbigniew Sulima

AGH UST solar boat, photo by Dawid Bała KSAF AGH UST

AGH UST Solar Boat Team, fot. Zbigniew Sulima

AGH UST students have presented the final result of the project “AGH UST Solar Boat”. On 13 June, the first solar boat designed at the AGH UST was launched in the bend of the Vistula River at Czerwieński Boulevard.

This one-man boat is powered exclusively by solar energy. It is 6 m long, 1.7 m wide, and the draft of its hull is up to 1.2 m. The 75-kilo construction, consists of an ultralight hull, made of carbon fibre and weighing only 35 kg, and of solar panels, a battery and an electronic control unit. The boat is equipped with six solar panels with a total capacity of 1000 W. Thanks to its hydrowings, partly controlled by on-board units, the boat will be able to reach a speed of approximately 16 knots (8 m/s).

It is worth noting that the presented boat is to take part in a prestigious international solar boat competition which will be held in Monaco in July. This event was established with a view of promoting renewable energy sources and innovative activities. Teams from all over the world take part in the race in three different categories: V20, Open Class and A Class in which the AGH UST Solar Boat team will compete. The boat designed by the students from the AGH UST will be the only Polish boat in this year’s race.

Nearly 50 people from 7 faculties worked on the boat for the last two years. The work was coordinated by the Student Research Group “Eko-Energia” and the AGH UST Sailing Club.

The boat was officially unveiled by the AGH UST Rector, Professor Tadeusz Słomka and the AGH UST Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, Professor Anna Siwik. In accordance with the sailors’ tradition, Professor Anna Siwik, as its patron, gave it the name “Baśka”. The first person to sit at the helm was its main designer, Bartosz Przepiórski, Eng.

A partner in the project is Ericsson, whose experts provided support to the students with regard to programming matters. Moreover, an Italian architect, Alessandro Vismara, was involved in the project, assisting the team in the course of the design work.

The photographic report by Zbigniew Sulima, Biuletyn AGH