ABOUT THE TEAM
Green Team Twente is a multidisciplinary student team with students from the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Together we are committed to develop and apply technological innovations in the field of sustainable mobility. We do this by designing, building and racing one of the most efficient hydrogen cars in the world. Every year a new team is formed to take up this challenge. As a proof of concept we compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon, in which student teams compete for who has build the most efficient car.
By building this car we also try to get more attention for sustainable mobilities. Since we believe that hydrogen is a key element in making the world sustainable and that is has a big future in mobility. This is done by explaining the concept, educating others about the possibilities and convincing others of the opportunities.
GREEN TEAM TWENTE 2021-2022
Wouter Groote Veldman
Having a passion is the most beautiful yet most abstract thing in the world. For me it comes down to loving to perform your passion, even though it is not completely clear why it motivates you so much. Engineering used to be my passion, but it changed due to the overload in theory and lack of applications at my study Advanced Technology. I want to find my engineering passion back and I’m confident that I’ll find it here at Green Team Twente. With a motivated, multidisciplinary team I’m sure that we can solve the problems of tomorrow. Are you ready for the future? Because we are!
After finishing my second year of Industrial Engineering and Management I felt the need to cross the comfortable borders of my study in order to explore the more practical engineering professions. As technical manager I can apply the gained knowledge from my study in a multidisciplinary group, while learning all about the different technical applications on a vehicle. Green Team Twente provides me the opportunity to enter a new world in technology: hydrogen and to create the future of sustainable vehicles.
As a communication manager, my main internal priority is to motivate the team and realize big dreams. Because without a team you are not able to achieve anything. Then the highest priority external is to generate more publicity, which can be done via stunts, events and educational workshops. Involving partners more in our project via visits, website updates, newsletters and social media.
Extern and Finance
Extern and Finance
Being part of a highly motivated team is super exciting. Having enthusiastic competitors, and professional partners to collaborate with drives me to the absolute limit. After studying biomedical engineering for two years, I wanted to challenge myself for a whole new discipline, so I became external relations and financial manager. I can express my passion for finance and develop my communication and negotiation skills, opportunities I didn’t have during my bachelor BME.
Extern and Finance
During my bachelor of Industrial Engineering and management I found out that the most valuable asset to have is experience. There are so many things you just can not learn from books and projects. That’s why I decided to dedicate a full year to GTT. I already had some experience with External relations. However I always missed the technical part of this function. That is why GTT is the perfect choice for me. I am really looking forward to working a full year on an amazing hydrogen car and I am 100% sure I will have an amazing year to develop myself!
After studying Industrial Design Engineering for two years, I wanted a new challenge. Green Team Twente attracted me, because I think hydrogen is a good solution for our future. Many people don’t know about hydrogen as an alternative fuel. I want to educate these people about hydrogen and sustainability. Therefore I will fulfill the function of Education within the communication team this year. I will be responsible for setting up and executing a new education program.
After three years of my Industrial Design Engineering bachelor, I was looking for something outside of the theoretical walls of the university: I wanted to work on something in the real world with a real impact. I strive to achieve this in my PR function by showing the world our achievements and spreading awareness about the feasibility of hydrogen as an energy carrier. I’m excited to improve myself and create great things with the team!
After I finished my bachelor in Technical Medicine, I decided to do something completely different before starting the master’s. Therefore, I found a new challenge in Green Team Twente: with a multidisciplinary team working on a car that drives on hydrogen would be a great way to integrate engineering, social and managing skills. This year I will coordinate and organize a lot of epic events to let everyone see what we are doing and why we are doing it. In this way we hope more people will see the essence of sustainable mobility and will be as enthusiastic about hydrogen as we are!
Thijmen van Essen
I first learned about hydrogen as an alternative fuel in pre-university. Taking part in a large multidisciplinary project was the factor that convinced me to apply for Green Team Twente. As a graphic designer I am active in the communication subteam and take part in making GreenTeam known to the public. This way, we can collaborate with our partners in pushing the technology and application of hydrogen.
Last year I finished my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design engineering. However, before continuing with a master’s I decided to do something different, developing my practical skills and using it in a project. Green Team offers a great opportunity to combine the technical and graphic aspects for creating visuals, which is something I enjoy. That is why I will strengthen the team as Graphic designer, focussing on educational aspects and creating clear technical visuals.
I have almost finished my masters in Industrial Design Engineering. However, I was missing practical experience in multidisciplinary projects, which is why I decided to apply for Green Team Twente. Also, I have a lot of interest in sustainability and I want to learn more about technical design. Therefore, I wanted to join the mechanics team. This year allows me to explore what possibilities there are and what I actually want to focus on for my Master thesis. I hope to learn a lot from the experience as chief and I am looking forward to a really challenging and exciting year together with the team!
What is a better way to earn study credit than by doing something you’re passionate about? As a 3th year mechanical engineering student at Saxion, I got the chance to exchange my 3S project and do an internship, for a full time year Green Team. As a part of the mechanics sub team, I hope to not only expand my knowledge and work experience this year, but also learn to work in a multidisciplinary team full of motivated students!
As an Industrial Design Engineer I always leaned more towards the technical side of the study program. That is why I wanted to challenge myself and join the mechanics subteam of Green Team Twente between my Bachelor and Master. During this year I will work together with other motivated students in a multidisciplinary team to bring the car and team to the next level. I also hope that with what we achieve this year, the world will see that hydrogen is a great sustainable option for mobility.
After finishing my bachelors of Mechanical Engineering, I wanted a new challenge rather than continuing with my masters. This is how I got interested in Green Team Twente, who doesn’t want to build a car within one year? As a Mechanical Engineering student it is no surprise that I’m part of the mechanics subteam. I am really looking forward to this year and all the challenges it may bring.
As a mechanical engineer it goes without saying that technical challenges are in my blood. What challenge is greater than building a racecar with a large multidisciplinary team? In my eyes there are none! That is why I am part of the mechanics team of Green Team Twente, where I will be working on the mechanical parts, such as the suspension and chassis.
From an early age, I was always interested in cars which grew out to a love for racing cars. Which made it clear that I had to integrate car design into my studies of mechanical engineering. Therefore the most logical step was to join Green Team Twente, as this will challenge me to become an engineer that is able to create innovative cars and simultaneously work on the innovation of hydrogen technologies.
Simulation and Strategy
Chief Simulation and Strategy
While already in the middle of my master’s in Applied Physics I noticed that I was still lacking practical experience. I wanted to know in what ways I could use the gained knowledge and skills from my studies and make something for real. I think Green Team Twente, by making such a cool hydrogen race car, offers that opportunity the most. I am also curious to see how me being part of the Simulation & Strategy subteam can contribute into a sustainable future by showing what hydrogen has to offer.
Simulation and Strategy
My motivation for joining a student team was the outlook of working on futuristic and eco-friendly technology. I think, in today’s time, it is increasingly important to explore emission-free alternatives. The GreenTeam offers an excellent opportunity to do that, more specifically, to build a hydrogen-powered racing car. Combining what I learned during my Bachelor’s in Advanced Technology with the excitement of a new challenge, the subteam simulation & strategy seemed an easy choice. A position within a multidisciplinary team allows me to not only apply my theoretical knowledge but also improve my transferable skills. I am looking forward to a year full of fast cars, fun events, and fascinating technology.
Simulation and Strategy
For the past 3 years I had mainly been focusing on my Mechanical Engineering degree. Since finishing the degree, I started my master’s in Systems and Control. However, I felt that I needed a bigger challenge; something other than just my regular study. That is why I decided to join the Green Team as part of the Simulation and Strategy sub-team. I was quite intrigued by the fact that I would be working in a large multidisciplinary team, with the end goal of making a racecar that runs on hydrogen, a green energy source. I truly believe that the world should integrate more sustainable, greener technologies. I’m just trying to do my part for a better future at the Green Team.
I decided to join Green Team Twente because I saw an opportunity to work in a large multidisciplinary team. In the two years I’ve been studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente I worked on quite a few projects, but they were always with fellow students and in small groups. By taking on the role of the Subteam Chief I challenge myself to improve my planning and managing skills, while being able to get even more practical experience in the field of Electrical Engineering. The Subteam Electronics, which I am a part of, will be responsible for all electrical systems that are not part of the Powertrain, such as the safety system.
Hey I am Lars, part of the electronics team of the GreenTeam. In a previous life I worked as a software developer. And currently I am studying mechanical engineering at the University of Twente. My interest in transportation and supply chain technology made me join the Green Team. Providing me with an environment to learn more about the design and manufacturing process of vehicles especially on the electronics side of things.
Before starting my Bachelor’s thesis in Electrical Engineering and beginning with my master’s, I wanted to work on my practical experience within my expertise. Green Team Twente gives me a great perspective of how working in a large team with various backgrounds is done. It also gives me the opportunity to implement my knowledge in an amazing large project, where the result is much more than just a grade. After this year I hope to have a better idea about my future career and where I want to specialise in.
Vincent van Krimpen
After finishing the second year of my study Applied Physics at Saxion, I wanted to continue to develop myself on a professional and personal level and at the same time contribute to a better future. Green Team Twente seems to be the perfect place to do so. We show the world that hydrogen is a great sustainable fuel option by making a hydrogen car in a big multidisciplinary team. As Chief Powertrain in this team I will mostly work on the hydrogen system and be responsible for the Powertrain of the car. I hope to learn a lot from my team members and that we show the world that hydrogen is the future.
Maartje van der Lingen
For as long as I can remember I have been incapable of sitting still. Continuously searching for new challenges to conquer and knowledge to gather. Green team offers a broad variety of new challenges and knowledge. Because of that I am looking forward to working as a hydrogen engineer in the powertrain subteam. Using hydrogen to build a car so that maybe one day it will be the most used fuel in the world.
Ishmée de Vos
After 3 years of studying mechatronics at Saxion I realised that I wanted to do a something that was related to mechatronics but with a more practical side to it. When I found out about Green Team Twente I was instantly excited because I find sustainability an import subject and making a car from scratch is very much related to mechatronics. I joined the powertrain sub team because I want to learn more about the hydrogen part of the car and in particular the electronic parts that are involved with it. I am really looking forward to the upcoming year and I am excited to find out what we will achieve.
Bas van der Boom
From an early age, the obsession for mechanical and electronic engineering was great. The development and progress in technology over the past 20 years make me excited and curious about what the future has in store, and to what extent I can be a part of that. Especially in the car and hydrogen industry a lot of progress has been made and we see how it has helped in the energy transition to a more sustainable environment. Green Team Twente gives me the perfect opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge from my studies into practical skills while also supporting the development of new technologies for a brighter future.
After having finished my second year of Electrical Engineering I finally wanted to do some real engineering again. Green Team Twente suits this desire perfectly since it combines my passion for engineering and my large interest in the automotive industry. I think that hydrogen will play a key role in the future of mobility and I am very excited to be part of this development in my function as powertrain engineer.
This team expanded on the work of the team before it. A new fuel cell was put in the car, and the electronic systems were upgraded and the latest software was installed. Mechanical components were optimised in order to make them simpler and lighter. This weight loss, in combination with the improvement of the overall electronics in the car, made it even more efficient than it was at the beginning of the year.
Another aspect the team made steps in is education; they gave online lectures to schools, and, for the first time, an exhibit about Green Team was held at the Museumfabriek. Next to that, a documentary about hydrogen was made.
The Shell Eco-Marathon was cancelled due to Covid-19, which is why the team joined forces with two other Dutch hydrogen student teams, Hydromotive and Eco-Runner Delft, to organise their own event: The “Hydrogen Efficiency Challenge”, presented by Allard Kalff. Despite setbacks due to a malfunctioning fuel cell, the team put in an attempt and finished second with an achieved efficiency of 2500 km/kg of hydrogen. Together with the other teams, they proudly look back on a great event to close off the year.
It was a unique year with ups and downs, and even though the team faced challenges, they managed to get the car driving in time to race it, at their own event, against the best hydrogen efficiency teams in the Netherlands. In the end they can look back on a year which was more than worthwhile, also thanks to the continued support of the partners during the pandemic.
This years the team focused on organizing the inside structure and designing more ergonomic and compact components. Furthermore, the hub motor was introduced in the system and a screen showing data collecting for a real-time driving strategy.
We became World Champion! With not one, not two, but three trophies, our team came back to Enschede after the Shell Eco-Marathon of 2019. In our year, we focussed on making the car more reliable and improving it wherever possible. We took the lessons from team 18 and made the car our own. By redesigning the drivetrain and electrical components, but also by significantly improving the cooling system of the fuel cell and the strategy for the race itself, we managed to bring the car to world level. Apart from this, we devised an extensive communication strategy to bring hydrogen and our team to the next level. We set up a project with the University of Twente to put a sustainable tiny house community on campus. Furthermore, we put more emphasis on education by making educational videos and going to schools and events to give guest lectures. By also competing in the Challenger Event, we gave ourselves the chance to work out any kinks in the cable and to get the first official test round before the real Shell Eco-Marathon. And this paid off, as we went to the Shell Eco-Marathon with not only a great car, but also with great confidence. This wasn’t misplaced, as we not only won the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe, but also the Driver’s World Championship and Communications Award. We couldn’t have been happier with these results and we will look back at this year with much pride.
Our 2018 team rotation was marked with two big changes. For almost six years with our red color and the burning wheel logo, it was time to say goodbye to years of confusion, misfitted branding and the H2Infinity. Both, our communications team and our technical team took on their own challenge: creating and designing a new brand identity and building a new car. It took us nine months from mission statement to a new brand, and almost 11 months from a design scratch to a brand new Green Team Twente car. Our new logo was revealed in an epic brand launch in March 2018. Complementing to our name we wear the true green color and have a clear logo communicating hydrogen our main power source. Our green beauty Aurora One was revealed to the public in April 2018. With a sleek, aerodynamic car design, we were ready set new records at the Shell Eco-Marathon 2018. And while testing days in Twente went very well, technical disturbance during the marathon hindered us to set a valid attempt at the competition in the end. Nevertheless, our great marketing execution won us the communications award so that we still traveled home with a cup. Now, playing the ball to the next team, we are very excited to see the improvements and results from the team rotation of 2019.
This year’s team focused their work on reliability and continuous improvement. The expectations were high for the second edition in London of the Shell Eco-marathon, because of the chassis based on the former H2Zero and some other new systems. We created a special PCB-design on the body to give a car a nice face. This design stands for innovation and we brought it with a full integrated dashboard on the steering wheel, a new ultra-efficient gearbox, an electronic managed clutch system and a real-time data system in the cloud.
At the day of the Shell Eco-marathon, things were running smooth. We passed as the first hydrogen team the technical inspection. This was a good start, because this results in more test runs. Unfortunately we needed the extra time because the optimal set up was not reached, yet. After three days hard work, it all came to the second race day. Everything had to run perfectly in order to set an ultra-efficient stint and we managed to do so! We were the best in our class and that resulted in winning the first place and having the most fuel efficient hydrogen car of Europe in 2017!
Another revision of the body has been made to make it stiffer and lighter. Also, the powertrain was adjusted this year so that just one wheel was driven instead of two, in this way a more efficient transmission can be achieved. In addition, this was the first team that participated at the EducEco. The purpose of this race was to practice driving strategy and to test the car well for the Eco Marathon, which was this year for the first time in London. The ambition of this team was to create a good foundation of a car where the next team could continue to optimize this. And finally, a result was obtained: a third place with a record of 890 km/l.
This year the largest team was active to design and make a completely new car. With many different disciplines, they have worked hard to create a beautiful car. This year, after a lot of research a whole new hydrogen system was introduced, with as a pièce de résistance: a custom-made fuel cell system, wherein the cells of the German ZBT are used. In addition, a new body has been designed such that the aerodynamics of the body are better. A long back side with a very small slope is used to make sure the air detaches as late as possible. Also this year no result was put down at the Eco Marathon despite the efforts, but the team did win first place in the battery electric category at the Challenger event in Rockingham, England.
This year, in addition to mechanical and electrical engineers, a chemical engineer and a health science student became part of the team. The aim was to expand the borders of the team even further to include almost all studies of the UT. It must be a university-wide team that offers students the opportunity to participate in an innovative, sustainable project in which one can put their newly gained knowledge into practice. This year’s work includes carbon rims to minimize the weight of the car, but despite that no result was put down.
The following year it was decided by the association that this success story should be continued. After recruitment in September 2012 the teams also consisted of the studies of Electrical Engineering and Advanced Technology. This multidisciplinary approach enabled to innovate on multiple fronts, with the aim of a more fuel efficient car! The entire electronic system is re-created that year and equipped with a CAN bus, which means that all the microcontrollers of the various components are on the same network and thus communicate with each other. This made it possible to also to start collecting data. The same body is rebuilt but this year with a lighter rib structure. The team improved the result for the previous year with a result of around 800 km/l, which led to the third place.
TEAM 2011-2012 THE BEGINNING OF GTT
Green Team Twente started in the academic year 2011-2012 as an initiative of W.S.G. Isaac Newton, the study of mechanical engineering at the University of Twente. They started the project to show the world that hydrogen is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. The team, a committee of the association, consisted thus completely out of Mechanical Engineering students. Through knowledge, creativity and tremendous resilience, the team managed to set a great result in the first year. That year the result was 727 km/l, which got them the first place!
ECONOMY RACES FROM 1978-1981
In the years 1978 to 1981, the so-called Shell Efficiency marathon took place in the Netherlands and even on the campus of the University of Twente. This is the precursor of today’s Shell Eco-marathon. The team from Twente won twice (1980 and 1981) back then with an amazing result of 783km/l. Here, however, the teams did not drive on hydrogen, but on gasoline.