Clean energy boat challenge
Bertrand Piccard, sponsor of the fifth edition of the Solar & Energy Boat challenge, has voiced his support for participants’ efforts to promote green propulsion systems.
Solar energy will see speeds averaging 20 knots in the traditional contest taking place from next month in Monaco Bay. The endurance fleet race and timed one-on-one slalom duels are being sponsored by Mr Piccard, who is president of the Solar Impulse Foundation.
“I love the challenge of the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge," he said.
“When you see these boats that are completely clean, racing against each other on the foils, with really high speed, you see that it is technology, it’s adventure, it’s suspense. It’s really thrilling and that’s why I accepted to be the patron of this adventure.”
More clean energy
Launched in 2014 by the Yacht Club de Monaco, this year, the challenge takes participants to Ventimiglia in Italy and is opens to clean energy sources other than solar for the first time.
The YCM has also introduced a new concept with the Monaco Energy Class. Engineering students working with industrialists have been given a one-design catamaran hull specially designed for the competition.
The challenge is to build a cockpit for their boat and design the most powerful and durable propulsion system possible from a given amount of energy. biofuel, battery, hydrogen, compressed air and LNG – the choice is wide, but it must be a clean source.
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