The exciting future of boating presented at the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2022
The 9th edition of Monaco Energy Boat Challenge (MEBC) is this week’s largest event to date, with 38 teams from 21 countries showcasing the latest in non-fossil fuel boat propulsion technology in a competitive yet cooperative atmosphere. They are all united in their goal to reduce carbon emissions from boating and yachting.
See Plugboats coverage of past Monaco Energy Boat Challenge events
The first edition of the event was dubbed the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge, with a focus almost exclusively on boats using solar panels as a power source. The scope of technologies has been expanded each year, as evidenced by the name Energy Boat Challenge, introduced in 2020.
The 38 teams of the 2022 gathering will compete and exhibit in three classes: the solar class, the energy class and the open sea class. The Solar class and Energy class boats will compete in slalom, endurance and championship races. The Open Sea class will hold demonstrations and compete in a 16 nautical mile event and a separate endurance competition. The races take place in the waters just outside the Port of Monaco, with the exact length being determined on the day taking into account water and weather conditions.
friday july 8
10:00 a.m. EST
Endurance race (EnergyClass & Solar Class)
16 nM speed test (open sea trials)
2:00 p.m. CEST
3:00 p.m. CEST
YCM speed record
Saturday July 9
10:00 a.m. EST
Slalom race (energy class and solar class)
Endurance test (Open Sea Class)
One of the most important elements of the MEBC is the TechTalk program where each of the teams describes the development process of their boat, provides technical data and answers questions from other participants and observers. The lectures can be viewed on the MEBC website or on YouTube and provide excellent information and insight into the present and future of electric and hydrogen boating.
There is also a round table on hydrogen which will bring together government and institutional representatives.
stakeholders with international hydrogen project developers to assess the current state of technology and discuss hydrogen regulation in the maritime sector.
The entire event is organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM), in collaboration with the International Motorboat Federation (UIM) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2). The YCM and FPA2 are widely recognized as the world’s boating and recreational boating leaders in promoting non-fossil marine propulsion and protecting aquatic habitat.
The main sponsors of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge are Credit Suisse, BMW, Oceanco, Feretti Group, SBM Offshore, Jutheau Husson, EODev, SYBAss and the Société Nautique de Monaco and the SeaIndex Superyacht Eco Association.
Below is an overview of the teams and races. Full information can be found on the MEBC website.
Monaco Energy Boat Challenge
The exact length and number of gates for the slalom course will be determined based on wind and weather conditions. Boats are timed individually from a running start. The winner of each class will be the boat that completes the course fastest, with a 10 second penalty added for each buoy missed. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the boat with the fewest penalties.
The boats compete on a closed course of 2 nautical miles maximum for a duration of 3 hours which can be shortened if the conditions require it. The boats start in a mass fleet but a boat can start at any time during the race. Drivers can be changed during the race, but the boats must return to the harbor paddocks. The winner of each class will be the boat completing the most laps in the allotted time.
The boats will compete on a standard powerboat match-race course, two by two per class from a standing start. The classification will be established according to the results of the qualifying race.
All three races count towards the final MEBC standings with equal weighting. In each race, points will be awarded based on position: 1st – 400 points, 2nd – 300, 3rd – 225, 4th – 169 5th – 127 and decreasing to 1 point for 20th place. YCM Speed Record results do not count towards the overall standings.
The races are visible via this link. You may need to register to view.
Energy class teams
In Energy Class, the Yacht Club de Monaco provides each team with the same hull design. The challenge for the students, in collaboration with industry partners, is to design the most powerful and sustainable propulsion system using a clean energy source of their choice, from an amount of given energy.
There are university teams as well as commercial enterprise teams.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BOAT: Length: 5m – Width: 2.5m – Height: 0.45m – Displacement: 250kg
Energy Class Student Teams
- CAIMAN ENSTA: ENSTA Paris (National School of Advanced Techniques), France
- EXOCET – Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
- HAINAN TEAM – Smart Marine Equipment Laboratory of Hainan University, China
- HYDRONE HIS TEAM: Institute Technology of Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia
- HYDROS TEAM: Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
- HYDROVINCI: ESILV – Leonardo da Vinci School of Engineering, Paris, France
- MINES ENERGY CHALLENGE: Paris School of Mines, France
- NAYLAMPUNI TEAM – Universidad Nacional de Ingeniera – Peru
- OCEANOS – National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- PHYSIS PEB – Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- RIT DUBAI SAILING TIGERS – RIT Dubai (Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai), UAE
- SEA SAKTHI – Kumaraguru College of Technology, India
- SOLAR BOAT TECNICO – Higher Technical Institute, Portugal
- UNIBOAT – ARGONAUTS: Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italy
- CAPGEMINI ENGINEERING
- SBM E-RACING OFFSHORE
Solar Class Teams
The Solar Class is the ‘oldest statesman’ of the event, present from the start, but boat technology, speed and range have improved by leaps and bounds over the past decade. The class is still dominated by boats from the Netherlands, where Solar Sport One The organization is headquartered and sanctions races around the country for college and high school teams.
Solar Class Student Teams
- ADRIA HYDROFOIL: Association of Applied Technical Sciences, Croatia
- AGH SOLAR BOAT TEAM: AGH University of Science and Technology – Krakow Poland
- BME SOLAR BOAT TEAM: Budapest University of Technology and Economics
- CLEAN MOBILITY TEAM SOLAR: University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
- HAN SOLARBOAT: HAN University of Applied Sciences – Netherlands
- HIS MARINE SOLAR BOAT TEAM: Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember – Indonesia
- SIYAHAMBA SOLAR BOAT TEAM: Durban University of Technology, South Africa
- SOLAR BOAT TWENTE: University of Twente, Netherlands
- SWISS SOLAR BOAT: Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland
- SOLAR BOAT TECNICO – Portugal Higher Technical Institute, Portugal
- UANTWERPEN SOLAR BOAT TEAM: University of Antwerp, Belgium
- VHL-AERES ZONNEBOOTEAM: Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein and Aeres: Netherlands
- BVWHISPERPOWER SOLAR TEAM: Low Emission Whisperpower Solutions
- SUNFLARE TEAM: Veolia Group – Water, Waste and Energy
Open Sea Class exhibitors and participants
This class, formerly known as the Offshore Class and mainly open to ships already on the market or about to enter it, includes a 16 nautical mile coastal course to Ventimiglia in Italy from Monaco, a distance of 16 mins (29.6 km). The Endurance Race challenges the autonomy of boats.
Open Sea Class exhibitors and participants
- LIKE LABRUNA – Italian company specialized in three different business units: Marine, Power and Loading
- E’DYN – Founded by the company Podkriznik doo, E’dyn is the abbreviated name of Electric Dynamic Nautics. Twice winner of the Venice e-Regatta
- EH2P: Participants in the Monacotech Startup Program dedicated to Electric, Hybrid and Hydrogen engines
- TU DELFT HYDRO MOTION TEAM – Team of 25 students from different study backgrounds from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands
- VILLA d’ESTE – famous seaside resort of Lae Como presents an electric boat model, designed for day cruises and sports use, inspired by the runabouts of the 60s, with a contemporary design by Studio Frers.
- VITA YACHTS – Manufacturer of Vita LION and Vita SEAL zero-emission yachts with high-performance electric powertrains
- SHORE X – Swedish electric boat manufacturer producing fully electric yacht tenders.
Exciting things happen every day in electric boats and boating.
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