Participant at the Frisian Solar Challenge 2006
Leeuwarden (NL) - 23/06/08 - 28/06/08
Frisian Solar Challenge
On Monday 23/6 the official start of the Dutch Solar boat race will take place. The event will be opened by the Dutch Minister Maria van der Hoeven, and Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels. The 49 Solar powered boats will follow the route of the Frisian Eleven Cities Skating Race and will end on Saturday 28/6 in Leeuwarden.
The JRC Institute for Energy (IE) has been asked to perform part of the assessment and performance tests on the solar panels. Staff from the IE's renewable energies unit will carry out the electrical acceptance test that concerns the photovoltaic (PV) generators of 12 boats in Class-C. The measurements will be performed with a portable capacitor-resistance load instrument which measures from short circuit current to open voltage, providing the characteristic current/voltage (I/V) curve of the whole PV system. The C-class boats will be assessed on the ability of utilizing the solar energy in the most economic way to finish the six-day race over the canals and lakes, along eleven cities in the Frisian Province in The Netherlands.