2 July 2019 - 15h35
From today until July 6th, the Yacht Club hosts the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge. An annual and unique meeting between students and boating professionals, aimed at providing innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges of the boating sector.
Kick-off for the 6th edition of the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge! Since 9 am this morning, the paddocks along the Yacht Club marina are accessible at free entrance. The public can discover the boats of the 34 teams, that is to say 300 participants, of this edition. While they will eventually compete in slalom, duel, endurance and speed racing competitions, this challenge is not an event like any other… Developed mainly by future engineers and shipbuilding professionals, the boats presented are in fact prototypes using only renewable energy sources. The boats are grouped into three categories: Offshore, Solar or Energy.
In the Offshore category, with a total of seven participants including two Italian teams, the competitors will undertake offshore races, between Ventimiglia and Monaco. In the Solar Class, 19 competitors, mainly from Northern Europe (11 from the Netherlands) as well as two teams from Italy and Portugal, created boats powered exclusively by solar energy. Finally, the Energy Class gives the candidates the freedom to choose the renewable energy used, but imposes a race constraint: a predetermined amount of energy, identical for all teams. The latter, numbered seven, are mainly French. The Monaco-based SBM Offshore E Racing team’ project, using hydrogen as an energy source to power a fuel cell, is highly expected.
Meetings and exchanges
Hydrogen, by the way, will be at the centre of discussions for this edition. A roundtable of Monegasque experts and representatives, dedicated to the subject, will open the debates on July 3rd, while the Energy Observer will formalise on July 4th at 2:30 pm the launch of its new branch, Energy Observer Developments, which offers solutions using hydrogen and renewable energy for maritime and land-based applications. Several conferences on July 4th, 5th and 6th will also complement the event as well as a village of exhibitors and Job Dating sessions. Finally, Tech Talks are organized at the end of each day, during which the teams will come to pitch their project in front of a jury of specialists. The latter will award various prizes such as the Zero Emission Award or the Innovation Award during a ceremony held on the last night of the event.
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