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A dream comes true

Today we took home the world title for the first time. We worked on the BluePoint for 15 months. It quickly became clear that it was a challenge and not a race, even some experienced teams didn't make it to the finish.

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Wind drives us towards gold on the world championship

We have risen to second in the world championship for solar cars. But not in the way we had hoped, because Tuesday afternoon strong winds advanced that caused some dangerous situations.

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Sailing to third place

We have climbed up to third place in the World Solar Car Championship. We are now 30 kilometres ahead of our pursuers, thanks to our optimised system for sailing with the wind.

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First race day in Australia

After an impressive qualifying lap by our professional racing pilot Bert Longin, we started fourth in Darwin. We covered 633 kilometers today, which is 50 kilometers more than last year's edition. This is due to the fact that the BluePoint is lighter and more efficient than the previous car ...

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Solar Team drives Belgian record during qualifications for World Cup

This article is only available in Dutch

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Will Siemens lead the Agoria Solar Team to the win?

Thumbs up for Belgium 2 years ago, for their 3rd place in the bi-annual Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017. This year, a team of 19 KU Leuven students aims at even topping that achievement. As the ‘Agoria Solar Team’, they want to take the BluePoint, that’s how the successor of the previous Punch 2 is called, straight to the win. Of course, that requires some design improvements. That’s where Siemens Digital Industries Software has been instrumental. Let’s have a look how!

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Almost race ready

Saturday, two weeks before the race: this day was marked in our calendars as the infamous tinkerstop. This big deadline ensured that the team would stop adding extra modifications to the BluePoint and that the car would be completely race ready. After this deadline, we would only ...

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24 September 2019

Testing & playing soccer

After a successful first day of testing, we almost immediately moved on to the next one. Before the race, we try to drive many kilometers with the BluePoint to ensure that every new part works and is properly assembled. Between each test day, we have two days for maintenance to the car and to ...

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18 September 2019

First testing day in Australia

After the arrival of our solar car in Darwin, we immediately got to work to get the BluePoint ready before we would drive the first test kilometers. About a week and a half later, the car was completely ready to go to the track. At the moment, the tests are done on a runway because the BluePoint...

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11 September 2019

Arrived in Australia!

Since the very beginning of the project, we have been counting down the days to the beginning of September, to finally depart to Australia for the start of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Last week, the day finally came and we left Belgium for unknown territories! We arrived in Darwin, ...

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03 July 2019

The Belgian Solar Team proudly presents the BluePoint

On Wednesday the 3rd of July, we presented our brand new solar car. In exactly one year time we designed, produced and assembled the newest solar car, powered entirely by solar energy.

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08 May 2019

150 youngsters present their inventions during the 15th edition of the Solar Olympics

On Wednesday the 8th of May 2019, the Belgian Solar Team organised the 15th edition of the Solar Olympics. This is a competition in which secondary school students from all over Flanders are challenged to build an object on solar energy. During the finale, the youngsters showcased their result to a jury to win big prizes.

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26 April 2019

Solar Team organizes second partner event

Our team and progress relies on the support & feedback from over 150 partners in many different sectors. Last Thursday, we invited our partners to join us in the Antwerp Port House for our Partner Event. The theme of the evening: the four pillars of the Solar Team.

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27 February 2019

Punch Powertrain Solar Team becomes Agoria Solar Team

We have a very big announcement to make: we are proud to announce that we are now officially called the Agoria Solar Team and Punch Powertrain will pass the torch to Agoria as main sponsor of our team.

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10 January 2019

What's next?

2018 was a year of changes. After the third place in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October of 2017, the seventh Belgian Solar Team started recruiting the new team. A team of 20 students was elected to join and in July of 2018, they started their journey as the eight Belgian Solar Team. The first months...

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26 October 2018

Bélgica quedó primero!

(This article is only available in Dutch.)

Ja: het is zo ver, het Belgische Solar Team is eerste geëindigd! We zijn officieel als eerste over de finish van de Carrera Solar Atacama gereden, ver voor de andere teams.

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25 October 2018

Casi al final

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Vlak voor het einde van de vierde racedag, dinsdag, besloten we de bergen in te trekken. Na onze controlestop in San Pedro de Atacama hebben we ongeveer een kwartiertje gereden voor we uitkwamen bij Llano de la Paciencia...

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24 October 2018

La subida mas dificil

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Vier dagen zijn we onderweg, de tijd vliegt! In totaal hebben we al meer dan 1700 kilometers afgelegd. We hebben 4 controle stops gedaan, waardoor we 2 uur hebben bijgeladen én we hebben de hoogste bergtop in de race beklommen!

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23 October 2018

Diez mil kilómetros

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Na de derde race dag in Chili staan we nog steeds aan de leiding én hebben we een persoonlijk record verbroken. Daarnaast legde de Punch 2 haar tienduizendste kilometer af, halverwege de meest extreme race ter wereld.

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22 October 2018

Un resumen del primer y segundo dìa

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Ondertussen zitten de twee eerste racedagen in Chili er op. De Carrera Solar Atacama, beter bekend als de meest extreme race voor zonnewagens ter wereld, blijft ons verrassen met haar veelzijdigheid.

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19 October 2018

En la víspera de la carrera

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Één dag voor de race in Chili zijn de laatste voorbereidingen volop aan de gang. Onze kwalificatie ronde liep niet zoals we hadden verdacht, waardoor we nu als laatste starten aan de race. No worries: niets is verloren en we mikken nog altijd op de eerste...

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16 October 2018

En preparación para la carrera

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Ondertussen zijn er nog vier dagen te gaan tot het begin van de Carrera Solar Atacama: de meest extreme race voor zonnewagens, 2500 kilometer dwars door Chili. De race start op zaterdag 20 oktober om 12 uur lokale tijd, wat overeen komt met 17 uur in België.

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05 October 2018

¡Estamos en Chile!

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¡Estamos en Chile!
Dag 1 in Chili zit er ondertussen op. Na 14,5 uur op het vliegtuig kwamen we, licht groggy door de jetlag, 's ochtends om kwart na acht aan in Santiago. De eerste kilometers op de Chileense weg waren verwarrend. Zoals het hoort in...

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21 July 2018

Meeting King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

On Saturday the 21st of July, the Belgian Royal House celebrates the Belgian National Day. During this year's festivities in Brussels Park, we were invited to showcase the Punch II to the public. At the end of the day, we were honored by a visit from King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

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Belgian Solar Team third in world championship for solar cars

The Belgian Solar Team won bronze in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. “We’ve put our heart and soul into this."

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Belgium Solar Team conquers third place!

The Belgian Solar Team is third in the ranking of the world competition for solar cars in Australia. Today, the students of the University of Leuven overtook the team of the Japanese university of Tokai and the Dutch university of Twente. The team still has to drive 589 kilometers until Adelaide.

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The Belgian Solar team is getting closer to the fourth place

On the third day of the world championship for solar cars, the Belgian Solar team is still ranked fifth. But the team is getting closer to the top four.

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Belgian Solar Team climbs to fifth place in world championship

The Belgian solar car has gained one place in the ranking of the world competition for solar cars. The team is now ranked fifth.

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Belgian solar car in sixth place at championship for solar cars after bad luck

The Solar Team is 6th at the championship for solar cars. Due to something that was dragging at the rear wheel, the team had to let some competitors go ahead.

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Belgian Solar Team in pole position at championship for solar cars

The Belgian Solar Team earned the pole position at the world championship for solar cars in Australia. The car can start in the leading positioning.

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06 October 2017

Solar Team with secret weapon at the start of the solar race

On Sunday, we will start the World Championship with great confidence. We installed an innovative system which allows the car to benefit from the side wind.

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Belgian Solar Team almost ready for Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

For 16 months, the 21 engineering students of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team have been looking forward to the world championship for solar cars that will start on the 8th of October in Australia. Seven days before the race they placed their solar panel, with the best solar cells in the world, on the car. The team hopes that this will help them to be ahead of the international competition during the race.

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Final preparations in Australia started great!

We continued working from the moment we've set foot on Australian soil! The battery pack is reassembled and the solar car was stripped to its core to give her new racing components. Meanwhile the testing period in Australia came closer every day.

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Punch 2 arrived in Australia!

We've arrived in Australia, time for a new update! We've had our last teambuilding in Belgium right before we left to Australia. The flight was good and we immediately started working once we arrived. Read this article to get to know more about our adventure!

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Belgian Solar car is shipped to Australia for World Challenge

The Belgian Solar Team has worked 13 months on Punch 2, the solar car where the 21 engineering students will compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, starting on October 8th. Today the solar car was packed in its custom made crate and shipped to Australia by DHL Global Forwarding.

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Car Presentation

We have revealed our brand new solar car. The seventh Belgian Solar Car is called the Punch Two and build in one year by 21 students from the KU Leuven.

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Punch Powertrain remains the main partner of the Solar Team.

Bert Longin joins us in the World Solar Challenge in Australia.

Article on news site "Autosport.be" published on November, 22 2016.

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Youngsters choose for technology related education.

Article in Flemish newspaper "De Tijd" published on the 13th of October 2016.

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Suddenly there is a solar car in our school.

Article in Flemish newspaper "HLN" published on the 10th of October 2016.

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High-performance sustainability with bio-based epichlorohydrin

Article published in October edition JEC magazine. (2016)

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Solar Team Twente wins European Championship for solar cars.

Article published in Flemish newspaper "De Standaard". on September 26, 2016.

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Kipkoech versus Longin: man against machine

Article published in Flemish newspaper "De Morgen"on november 7, 2016.

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Man versus Machine on the Memorial van Damme

A unique competition between man and machine, driven in a packed stadium. The athlete starts better than us. Will the solar car be able to catch up?

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Solar car provides energy for Pokemon hunters.

Article published in Flemish newspaper "De Morgen" August2, 2016.

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The new race to the sun

New team is selected, we're going for gold!

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