The 7th edition of the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the International Motorboat Federation, will start tomorrow. The competition, which has been held annually since 2014, will be conducted online.
“The aim was to be able to manage the event without penalizing the competitors who are able to present the progress made in their projects this year. It was impossible to imagine canceling it,” says the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Secretary-General, Bernard d’Alessandri. “Last year we had around a thousand visitors to the Resort and 350 participants on-site, which, given the situation, would have been impossible this year. So the solution was to go digital”.
This unique event focuses on zero-emission propulsion, bringing together researchers, academics, future engineers, inventors and professionals from the yachting and energy sectors. They all share the same ambition to develop alternative propulsion systems to build the future of pleasure boating. For this edition, the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge is joined by long-standing partners, Iqos and Credit Suisse, joined for the first time by BMW and YPI (Yachting Partners International).
Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge
Eleven nations represented by 17 teams, six in the Solar Class, nine in the Energy Class and two in the Open Sea Class, presented their projects to the Technical Jury which, alongside the official partners of the event, included engineer Marco Casiraghi, creator of the project; naval architect Erwann Lebel of Espen Oeino International; and Jérémy Lagarrigue of Energy Observer.
Oral presentations of their projects will begin tomorrow, 30 June, until 4 July. Each team will have 10 minutes to present their work online via Zoom. The results will be announced on Wednesday 8 July at 11.00 am with a virtual award ceremony.
Each team will have the chance to try and win one of three prizes: the Innovation Prize, the Eco Conception prize, and the Spirit prize.
The Eco Conception Prize emphasizes the efficiency of the materials and processes used, as well as its contribution to science. Ecological motivation is central in this category. Noteworthy is the participation for the second year in a row of a Monegasque team, SBM Offshore E-Racing Team, which is competing for the Eco-Conception Prize in the energy class.
The Spirit Prize will reward the creativity and originality of the team which, in a one-minute 20-second video, will be able to present its project in the best possible way.
In addition to industry awards and pride in revealing hours of work and discussion, each winner will receive a cheque for 2,000 euros.
An exchange of knowledge
Throughout the year, online discussions are organized to advance new ideas and are the very essence of the event, as demonstrated by webinars, free online technical discussions chaired by professionals, and open to all. These meetings (five held so far) maintain a valuable link between the industry and competitors, giving them access to new information to fuel their experience. These presentations are available on the event website: mcsebc.org/fr/webinar-fr/
The Job Forum
The Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge encourages students and industry professionals to stay in touch throughout the year via the Job Forum’s online platform. Potential employers can publish their CV and motivation letter. This is proving to be a win-win situation, acclaimed by the industry. For example, in 2019 representatives from the Energy Observer interviewed 15 students and hired eight, with a similar scenario for Torqeedo and Azura Marine. Following the health crisis, the initiative took a break for 2020, but will be operational in 2021.
On the initiative of YCM Secretary General Bernard d’Alessandri, a commission dedicated to alternative energy sources was established in September 2019. The initiative is part of the vision to become a Yachting Centre of Excellence with the mission to motivate the actors involved, whether Monegasque (Laneva) or local (Vita, Candela, Suncv…), to join forces on innovative projects. Gathered in a working group that meets every two months, the commission discusses new developments and potential synergies. At the last meeting, for example, Vita announced the launch of a new Vita Supercharger that could be adapted to other boats.
At the official website you can follow:
– The online hearings from 30 June to 3 July from 17.00 to 19.00
– Online awards ceremony: Wednesday 8 July at 11.00 am.