The whole world is under the spell of COVID-19, the corona virus. Lately, the Vattenfall Solar Team has also been feeling the impact of the virus. "We are now facing very challenging times," says technical manager Timon Rowntree, "but the most important thing remains the health and well-being of the team and society."
The Vattenfall Solar Team directly follows the guidelines of RIVM and TU Delft. This also means that a large part of the team now works from home. "This is of course far from ideal when building a solar car. After all, we can't take Nuna itself, parts and tools home with us, and it's therefore impossible for the entire team to work from home. "
Only the team members who are currently working on the production of essential Nuna parts are still present in the workshop. These are no more than two team members at the same time. It goes without saying that these team members will stay at home should they show symptoms of illness.
The team will continue to follow the developments regarding the corona virus closely. As long as it is not made impossible to participate, or it is no longer possible within the planning, the team will continue to work with all hands on deck to get the car to the start.
Next summer the American Solar Challenge is planned for the first time, where they will compete against big names like MIT, Stanford and Calafornia Berkeley. An enormous challenge, especially after the burning down of NunaX last year. "We have a very ambitious goal this year and have encountered many obstacles along the way. All the more it would be a fantastic achievement if we appeared at the start!"