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Solar Boat is an engineering project team that designs and builds a seventeen foot, single occupant, purely solar powered speed boat for the Intercollegiate Solar Splash Competition. Founded in 2015, Solar Boat is one of Cornell University's youngest project teams. Despite this, Solar Boat provides students of all ages and majors with practical experience, a cooperative team environment, and a chance to apply their knowledge to modern engineering problems.
Solar Boat is comprised of five subteams: Drivetrain, Hull, Solar, System Controls, and Business. Each subteam, barring the Business subteam, focuses on designing, fabricating, testing, and
optimizing integral systems and components of the boat. Although the subteams have their own unique tasks and goals, collaboration between subteams happens constantly.
Motor housing, design and construction of drivetrain, steering, drive shaft system, waterproofing.
Hull design and fabrication, structural and fluid analysis, component installation.
Solar panel system design and construction, panel wiring,
Motor control, data acquisition, communication systems, safety mechanisms, speed control.
logistics, public relations, social media management.
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. 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.