Akzo Nobel NV: AkzoNobel powers Nuna7 to sizzling race victory
October 10, 2013
Pioneering technology developed by AkzoNobel's Sikkens paint brand has helped
power the Dutch Nuna7 solar vehicle to victory in this year's World Solar
Staged between Darwin and Adelaide in Australia, the 3,000km race - which
began on Sunday - has been won by the Nuon Solar Team from Delft University of
Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands in a time of just over 33 hours.
Their average speed was 90.71kph.
Key to its success was the use of an ultra-light water-based composite pinhole
filler (Aerowave 2501) and an aerodynamic Sikkens coatings system which
reduced wind drag. The triumph comes just weeks after the Dutch VeloX3
recumbent bike - also coated by Sikkens - broke the world record for a
"We're delighted that our long-standing partnership with the students from
Delft has produced another magnificent result and we congratulate the team for
this fantastic achievement," said Klaas Kruithof, Director of Research,
Development and Innovation for AkzoNobel's Performance Coatings activities.
"It's a great example of how we work closely with industrial customers to
develop technically advanced coatings that deliver outstanding performance."
Added John Grevers, AkzoNobel's Technical Coordinator for Benelux: "The work
we have been doing with both the Nuna7 and VeloX3 teams is about more than
simply sharing knowledge and expertise. It's also about recognizing and
believing in young talent, driving innovation and taking a fresh look at
scientific challenges to find solutions together."
This year's race represented the fourth time that Sikkens technicians have
worked with the Delft team on the Nuna project. The main addition for 2013 was
the new water-based pinhole filler, which was originally developed for use on
aircraft. It was combined with an aerodynamically advanced Sikkens coatings
system to give the vehicle the best possible chance of finishing first. Which
it duly did, 100km ahead of the team in second.
"AkzoNobel and Sikkens played a vital role in helping us to win the race,"
commented Leslie Nooteboom, driver of TU Delft's Nuon Solar Team. "Each year
we have made improvements on weight reduction and aerodynamics which are so
important to the competition. The new pinhole filler gave us an even smoother
and lighter finish and we have now confirmed its effectiveness by crossing the
finish line first."
Both the Nuna7 system and the one used on Velox3 were developed by AkzoNobel
and Sikkens as a result of the expertise gained in Formula 1 through the
company's long-term partnership with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team. As
well as offering advanced aerodynamics and lighter weight, they also provide
the durability needed to deliver high performance in extreme environments.
Launched in 1987, the World Solar Challenge is designed to showcase the
development of advanced automotive technology and promote alternatives to
conventional vehicle engines.
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