sponsoring solar power to achieve sustainable transportation
With this in mind, a group of innovative students from the Eindhoven University of Technology decided it was time to harness the sun's power and construct a solar family car, creating Solar Team Eindhoven.
In 2013 they successfully launched Stella, world’s first solar powered four-seater, followed by the Stella Lux and the Stella Vie. Now, Team 2019 is ready to add to the family, and Aalberts has become a sponsoring partner.
Anne-Lize van Dusseldorp, director sustainability & relations at Aalberts, explains our motivation and what we can offer.
Why sponsor Solar Team Eindhoven?
“We have a sustainability vision within Aalberts. We engineer mission-critical technologies, and through these we want to have an impact on four key areas: sustainable transportation, eco-friendly buildings, the lifetime extension of materials, and clean water and sanitation. Solar Team Eindhoven is a great fit with our company, sharing many of our values. First, they want to make a global impact within sustainable transportation, as we do. Second, they are entrepreneurial, as we are. Third, even when they succeed, they keep innovating and looking for ways to improve. That attitude really resonates with our 'good is never good enough' attitude."
One aspect of our sponsorship is technical assistance. Why is this an important aspect?
“Team 2019 visited us and it was clear there are many areas where our technologies could benefit them. For example, we are looking at providing help with 3D printing, turning and milling, and coating expertise. They also really liked our approach: fast decision making, the autonomy of our business teams, and our entrepreneurialism. This gives us both a great deal of confidence, and we are thrilled to be sponsoring these smart and motivated students.”