Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge

The Yacht Club de Monaco has always been at the forefront of  innovation in yachting. And since 2013, the Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge has embraced the latest advances in the field – especially in the area of alternative propulsion.

This year, competitors could not travel to the Principality due to the COVID-19 crisis. So the Yacht Club offered a new format, where teams collaborated on open-source projects, and then defended their initiatives online.  At a ceremony on Wednesday 8 July, five prizes were awarded, including a financial grant for each winner.

‘We wanted to recognise all the hard work put in by the teams during the last year, while fully respecting health guidelines and avoiding large crowds. That’s why we decided to go the virtual route, for the first time since 2014,’ explained YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri.

The show must go on!

Organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco, alongside the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the International Powerboating Federation, this event is unique in the world. It reflects the commitment of researchers, academics, future engineers, inventors, and yachting and energy professionals. And the teams are already looking forward to next year’s edition, the 8th Monaco Solar & Energy Challenge, which runs from 6 to 10 July 2021.

Mr d’Alessandri is clear that interruptions such as the coronavirus are not going to get in the way. “As part of our ‘Monaco: Capital of Yachting’ project, the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge aims to support a new generation of engineers whose ideas and inventions are going to re-write the industry’s rule book, making it more respectful of the environment.”

Winners 2020

Innovation Prize:
Técnico Solar Boat (Portugal)

Eco Conception Prize:
SBM Offshore E-Racing Team (Monaco)

Spirit prize:
TU Delft Boat Team (Netherlands)

‘Coup de Coeur’
Hydros Team UI (Indonesia)
Hynova (France)

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