The Brunel Solar Team has won the World Solar Challenge in Australia no fewer than seven times. V.O. helps the student team from Delft University of Technology in a number of ways with intellectual property.
In the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, cars drive south from Darwin to Adelaide, which is some 3,000 kilometres away, by using solar energy. There are three classes that together represent the diversity of solar vehicles and various design philosophies. The aim of the biannual design competition is to inspire young people throughout the world to contribute towards sustainable mobility in the future. In the years that the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is not organised, the Sasol Solar Challenge takes place in South Africa.
‘Knowledge in the field of intellectual property accelerates the development of our innovations.’Christiaan Wiers – Team Captain, Brunel Solar Team
Brunel Solar Team’s solar car is redesigned and hand-built every two years, by a new team of students. This means that the students from Delft University of Technology are continuously innovating. They work with the latest technologies and materials and thus take a lead on the passenger cars of the future. Participation in the races in Australia and South Africa is an investment both in their own development and in making mobility more sustainable.
Annelies de Bosch Kemper, attorney-at-law at V.O.: “V.O. has been a sponsor of the Brunel Solar Team since 2015. We make the team aware of the value of their innovations and show how the team can make these most profitable. Intellectual property can offer possibilities, for instance, to secure new sources of funding. We also support them with drawing up clear agreements with partners which contributes to a good and professional relationship. By sponsoring the team, we are supporting sustainable technology and investing in young and enthusiastic students.”
Christiaan Wiers, Team Captain Brunel Solar Team: “It is very nice to work with partners with whom we share the common passion for technical innovation. Our partner V.O. supports us in the legal establishment of our innovations and cooperation or partnership agreements. The contact is very approachable. We regularly spar with them about new ideas for our solar car: for example, about the unique steering system of the Nuna 11. V.O then supports us with research in the patent databases and lets us see what the added value can be of registering certain inventions. We’ve learned a lot from that.”
The Brunel Solar Team is a great example of making your ideas concrete. With the twenty years of knowledge that the team has now built up, it further drives innovation. Christiaan Wiers: “Various alumni have set up start-ups (such as Wattlab and Scoozy) with which they further develop the know-how they gained in the team. That’s a wonderful spin-off.”