Saturday 13 August 2022

Eindhoven University’s solar-powered camper arrives in southern Spain

Photo: Bart van Overbeeke, Solar Team Eindhoven

The world’s first fully self-sufficient ‘house on wheels’ – designed and developed by students from Eindhoven University of Technology – has completed its 2,500 kilometre journey to Tarifa, the southernmost tip of Spain.

The solar powered camper, named the Stella Vita, set off from Eindhoven on September 19, and took in embassies, parliaments and universities in Brussels, Paris and Madrid on its way.

‘We believe the transition to a sustainable future can and must be done faster,’ said Kjell Revenberg, who is the manager of the Solar Team Eindhoven. ‘We are five to 10 years ahead of the industry to show what is technically possible. During our trip, we tried to inspire as many people as possible.’

The vehicle, which can travel 730 kilometres without a charging station, has additional solar panels which can be unfolded when the roof is up, doubling the surface area to 17.5 square metres.

The camper itself is designed for two passengers with a kitchen, bed, shower and toilet all powered by sun.

Technical problems hampered the project at the start of the trip and the car was transported by trailer in the early stages. Half way through France the problems were solved and the Stella Vita completed almost 2,000 kilometres on public roads.

The Eindhoven solar team previously developed a family car and have won the World Solar Challenge in Australia four times with it.

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