Is the sun a feasible source for satisfying our society's energy needs?
At the University of New Mexico, we believe that solar power can be realistically and efficiently harnessed by use of photo voltaic devices. research being conducted across the world continues to make advancements toward solar technology becoming a reasonable and efficient alternative to the fossil fuels on which we rely today. The UNM Mechanical Engineering Department has dedicated a senior-level engineering design group to participate in Solar Splash, a national solar-powered motorboat competition. This page will be updated continually with information about the design process and condition of the UNM Solar Splash craft.
2017 UNM SOLAR SPLASH Team Boat
For 2017, we are going to be using a completely new hull. The design we chose to go with is a 13 foot Gheenoe from Gheen Manufacturing Inc. out of Titusville, Florida. The design is slimmer, lighter, made out of fiberglass, and has a sharper bow and a flat hull which is beneficial for speed and maneuverability.
Measuring the area required for the solar panels, with Daniel Taylor, Sean Fattor, and Terese Martinez.
Previous Year's Boats
The 2016 team used a Aluminum Tracker 14 foot Jon Boat for competition. The flat bottom proved useful during the slalom event and helped deliver a second place trophy. Due to the shape of the hull, it was very easy to develop a solar panel mounting surface and the team was fully utilize the space available.