Sponsoring Solar Team Eindhoven

Camiel Beeren, Technical Manager of Solar Team Eindhoven from the Eindhoven University of Technology: “Actually, the essence of Securing Value is also in our solar car!”

Camiel Beeren: “I am mainly active in approaching tech companies to ask whether they want to contribute their expertise to our solar car.” This is the third year the Solar Team Eindhoven is participating in the World Solar Challenge and for the 2017 edition, they are being sponsored by Meilink/IPS Technology for the first time: “We saw that Meilink already sponsored two other Dutch Solar teams and they immediately had a positive response when Solar Team Eindhoven also applied for a sponsorship.”

The solar car that the Eindhoven University of Technology will be starting in come October in Australia is called Stella Vie: “The two other Dutch teams Meilink sponsors focus on speed; for us, the focus is on the design of the solar car - based on efficiency and how many people we can take.”

‘Any challenge, any time’

The collaboration with Meilink is new, but is already seen as very good by both parties. Camiel: “We took a long time creating the most ideal design for the Stella Vie. The challenge was in having limited space and still wanting to take a lot with us. Meilink brought in some good ideas, and their final solution is perfect for our fragile solar car weighing 400kg. In doing so, they have really risen to their motto ‘Any challenge, any time’.”

Focus on sustainability

Sustainability of course plays a role in the collaboration between Meilink and the Solar Team Eindhoven: “Understandably, as the Solar Challenge is all about sustainability and sustainability is very important to Meilink as well. Sustainability and technology form a dynamic duo. We are polluting the earth and we are leading in the transition towards electricity instead of fossil fuels, especially when it comes to mobility. The time is now to dare to take steps forward and technology is a great tool for that.”

Securing Value

Camiel recognises Meilink’s motto ‘Securing Value’: “That also applies to our solar car. The value of that cannot really be expressed in terms of financial value, but it is quite high when you look at what we can achieve with it. Not only in the area of sustainability, but also when you look at its potential for inspiring people to live in a more sustainable way. So actually, the essence of Securing Value is also in our solar car!”

Peter Geerts, Director of engineering firm IPS Technology: “By sponsoring the Solar Team Eindhoven, we are showing that we are doing serious work based on our faith in these young tech talents”

Peter Geerts, Director of engineering firm IPS Technology: “We are linked to Meilink and located in Eindhoven, the home base of the Solar Team of the Eindhoven University of Technology. We feel a strong local connection with this sponsorship. We also employ many young people with a technical degree in higher professional education or university education. By sponsoring the Solar Team Eindhoven, we are showing that we are doing serious work based on our faith in these young tech talents. Our name IPS Technology and Meilink’s name is also proudly shown on the packaging of the Solar Car Stella Vie of the Solar Team from the Eindhoven University of Technology.”

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