Belgian Solar Team reveals new name and main sponsor
The student team from Leuven that will compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October will go on as Innoptus Solar Team. This marks the end of the Agoria Solar Team era. As Agoria Solar Team, the engineering students were able to achieve quite a few impressive performances in recent years. In addition to being world champions, they also became European champions twice and were able to break a world record.
Innoptus is no stranger to the student team. Already since 2016, the students have been working with the company (then called Cadcorner) for the development of their innovative solar cars. For the development of the tenth Belgian solar car, which will participate in the World Championships in Australia in October, the collaboration will be extended even further.
Together with sister company Infinite, Innoptus provides high-end technology, expertise and support to the Solar team, allowing them to work with the best technology and best practices.
"As a company, it is our social responsibility to bridge the gap between education and industry. Industry can only develop in the future thanks to the next generation of engineers, and those are today's students. "
- Xavier Werbrouck (CEO 4ITEGO Group, Innoptus and Infinite)
End of an era
For the past four years, Agoria, the Belgian technology federation, assisted the team as main sponsor. During this period, the KU Leuven student team developed two solar cars that achieved quite impressive results. These included becoming world champion in 2019 and European champion in 2020 and 2021 with the eighth Belgian solar car, the BluePoint. The latest Belgian solar car, the BluePoint Atlas, allowed the team to set a world record. The KU Leuven students would like to thank Agoria for the successful collaboration.
"Working with the Agoria Solar Team was very enriching. It was an honour to work with young people who are entrepreneurial and have an eye for sustainability. It was a pleasant experience and I hope the Agoria Solar Team also enjoyed it."
-Bart Steukers (CEO Agoria)
The students are currently busy developing the tenth Belgian solar car. With this, they will participate in the World Solar Car Championships in Australia in October. The students will be challenged to drive their solar car as fast as possible from Darwin to Adelaide, a distance of 3021 kilometres straight through the Australian Outback.
"We are greatly honoured to partner with Innoptus as our new main sponsor. This confirms the strong partnership we have built with them over the past six years. Innoptus is helping us to build the highest performing solar car, with which we will compete in the World Championships in Australia."
- Cedric Verlinden (23, Leuven), Teamleader Innoptus Solar Team
Xavier Werbrouck, CEO of 4ITEGO, Innoptus and Infinite & Cedric Verlinden, Team Leader of the Innoptus Solar Team
Bart Steukers, CEO of Agoria, together with Xavier Werbrouck (CEO 4ITEGO, Innoptus and Infinite) and Cedric Verlinden (Team Leader Innoptus Solar Team)