On September 10th, the student team of TU Eindhoven presented the world’s solar powered mobile home called Stella Vita. The vehicle generates enough solar energy to live and drive on. With this, the students are taking the next step towards a sustainable future. On September 19th, the solar house on wheels embarked on its first journey through Europe.
Stella Vita is a Self-sustaining House On Wheels. This means that the mobile house is self-sufficient in terms of energy. Through solar panels on the roof, it is independent of charging stations. The vehicle generates enough solar energy to drive, shower, watch TV, charge your laptop and make coffee.
They are the future, the next generation. They can encourage and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future. To accelerate this transition we are going to inspire as many people in Europe as possible for a sustainable future during our journeyKjell Revenberg, team manager of Solar Team Eindhoven
The solar house on wheels has a roof that slides up when stationary. This makes it easy to stand inside to cook, sleep or work. In addition, extra solar panels fold out when the roof is raised, doubling the solar surface to as much as 17.5 square meters. For daily use, a comfortable interior has been designed that is as light and efficient as possible. By using the energy efficiently, Stella Vita can travel up to 730 km on a sunny day.
In 2050, the national climate target is to reduce CO2 emissions by 95-100% compared to 1990. In the Netherlands and Europe, we have set ourselves sharp goals to reduce CO2 emissions and keep the earth liveable. The Netherlands must replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources in order to realize the energy transition. A transition that, as far as we are concerned, is not going fast enough. By creating innovative, energy-efficient solar vehicles, Solar Team Eindhoven inspires the current market and society to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future – in both mobility and energy.
The students will travel with Stella Vita in one month from Eindhoven to the southernmost tip of Spain on energy from the sun. Together with their partners, including main sponsor Coolblue, the students will show the future of sustainable travel.
The mission: Driving 3000 km on the energy of the sun
Solar Team Eindhoven wants to inspire the current market and society to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable future. They want to go further than just inspiring the people close around them. They are making a tour from the north to the south of Europe on the energy of the sun with Stella Vita, the European Solar Tour.
- 19/09: Eindhoven
- 19/09: Zolder
- 19/09 – 21/09: Brussels
- 19/09 – 21/09: Paris
- 24/09 – 26/09: Le Mans
- 26/09 – 28/09: Île de Ré
- 28/09 – 03/10: Bordeaux
- 03/10 – 04/10: Biarritz
- 04/10 – 06/10: Zaragoza
- 06/10 – 10/10: Madrid
- 10/10 – 12/10: Toledo
- 12/10 – 15/10: Córdoba
- 15/10: Tarifa