Eco-Runner Team TU Delft
Building the most efficient hydrogen powered car in the world
The Eco-Runner Team Delft is a student team at the Delft University of Technology. They are aiming to build extremely fuel-efficient hydrogen powered vehicles. The team was founded in 2005 and every year the team tries to design the world's most fuel efficient hydrogen powered car. Every year the Eco-Runner Team Delft participates in the annual Shell Eco-Marathon competition.
Building a winning car
In the D:DREAM Hall of the Delft University of Technology eight full-time and 24 part-time highly motivated technology students work hard to achieve better results every year and push the boundaries of all technologies involved.
Building a winning car requires extreme aerodynamic design, extreme lightweight components and extreme efficient power production, consumption and usage. An average wind drag of about 2 Newton and an overall car weight of 42 kilograms? No problem!
Racing with Hydrogen
Since 2006 the team has taken its hydrogen powered cars to compete in the annual Shell Eco-marathon. Driving in the Prototype Hydrogen class, all competitors have one 'simple' goal: drive as efficient as possible. Speed, comfort or usability is no factor. Sustainability all the way.
With the ultra lightweight self-structured aerodynamic car and own developed hydrogen fuel cell many records have already been broken.
The objective at the Shell Eco-marathon is to drive 16 kilometres in under 40 minutes in every run. The hydrogen consumption is then measured. The team that uses the least hydrogen in a single run wins.
Eco-Runner Team Delft has proven to be successful in the past, with the most recent win in 2015. The equivalent (hydrogen to petrol) on-track fuel economy was estimated to be 1L on 3564 kilometres. The most recent equivalent off-track fuel economy is estimated to exceed 1L on 5000 kilometres!
The future of Hydrogen
The Eco-Runner Team is a strong believer in the future of hydrogen and has made it into its mission to promote and develop this wonderful energy carrier.
Hydrogen has long been the prospective replacement for fossil fuel in the automotive industry, only to see battery cars claim the stage in most recent years. Nonetheless hydrogen has a huge potential in becoming an important player in the energy transition. Once production is scaled up and carried out with the use of renewable energy the true benefits of using hydrogen will flourish on the energy market.
Hydrogen has the ability to be stored and transported, as well as to fill up fuel tanks in under 3 minutes at ordinary gas stations. Not to mention that the current achievable driving range is already competitive with ordinary petrol cars.