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Lessons learned: because of their experiences in the previous edition of the World Solar Challenge, the Delft, Eindhoven and Twente solar racing teams are sending their battery packs to Australia three months ahead of the World Solar Challenge they will be competing in. Last time, the batteries had been transported by plane, but because of the safety rules surrounding the transport of batteries, these much-needed parts of the Vattenfall Solar Team (TU Delft) and the Eindhoven Solar Team were stranded during a stopover in Singapore. Only two weeks before the start of the race the battery arrived in Darwin. The participation of these two Dutch teams in the 2017 race was therefore uncertain for a long time.

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