One of two solar electric boats from the University of Arkansas competing in Solar Splash 2009. Thirteen teams of engineering students from 12 universities will put the boats they designed through four days of sprint, slalom and endurance races, all without burning a drop of gasoline.
University of Arkansas engineering students will enter two boats in the competition, a single hulled craft and a catamaran design. The team to beat is Cedarville University of Cedarville, Ohio, which won the last three contests. The teams are scored on the basis of their boat design, appearance and workmanship as well as their performance in slalom, sprint and endurance races.

The teams come from as far away as the University of South Carolina on the east coast and Washington State University on the west, with international competition provided by the University of Southampton, England, and Mexico’s Tecnologico de Monterrey. Both are modified and improved versions of the university’s solar boats that raced last year.
Other previous champions include the University of Arkansas and the University of South Carolina. No abusive material, personal attacks, profanity, spam or material of a similar nature will be considered for publication.
The title sponsor of this year’s competition is the Power Electronics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Saturday the teams will put their boats through two separate two-hour endurance races, and the finals of the sprint competition will run on Sunday.

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