Swiss Solar Boat

One team, one goal, one boat

Swiss Solar Boat

Go faster, further and with the lowest energy consumption. These are the 3 key expressions of Swiss Solar Boat, a project made up of more than 50 bachelor and/or master students from several EPFL and HEIG-VD sections. The main goal of this team? – participate in the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge 2020, a competition organised by the Yatch Club of Monaco which aims to develop alternative propulsion systems using only renewable energies.

The project is simple: we are building a boat on a foil over 6 metres long, operating exclusively with solar panels, ideally capable of reaching 30 knots at top speed. The boat will be managed by a pilot on board.

A few numbers :

  • 6m long
  • 140 Kg in total
  • 30kts top speed
  • 1500 Wh in energy
  • 9m² of solar surface area
  • 1 pilote

A bit more on the team…

Founded in 2019, Swiss Solar Boat is composed partly of several students who have participated in Hydrocontest, a competition dedicated to maritime efficiency, and thus bringing together 6 years of experience. Over the years, the team has won several awards ranging from the Innovation Award to the lightweight victory in September 2019. She is now turning to a bigger challenge, launching herself into this new technical and human adventure.



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EPFL Coordinator: Robin Amacher (Laboratory of Processing of Advanced Composites – LPAC)

Academic Responsible : Jürg Schiffmann (LPAC)