Monaco boat challenge buoys clean energy.
AS PART OF A VISION TO TRANSITION MONACO to carbon neutrality by 2050, Prince Albert has been accelerating sustainability efforts by embracing dematerialization and clean technologies, as well as environmental innovation.
A fine example is Solar Impulse, which in 2016 became the first solar aircraft to circumnavigate the globe with no fuel, traveling 40,000 km to promote the use of renewable energies and energy efficiency. The Prince Albert II Foundation supported the initiative and the prince himself would, from time to time, man the Control Center based in Monaco.
Of course the foundation plays a large role in ocean protection, and through Monaco Ocean Work has worked in partnership with the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, which takes place July 2-6 and is open to the public. This one-of-a-kind global event, founded by engineer Marco Casiraghi, brings together young engineers and experienced shipyards to develop alternative propulsion systems, using only clean energy sources— biofuel, battery, hydrogen, compressed air, Liquefied Natural Gas, solar— to power the yachting of tomorrow, meeting the energy and environmental needs of the leisure boat and shipping industries.
Backed also by the International Powerboating Federation, this year’s 6th edition will bring together 40 international teams in three categories—Solar, Offshore and Energy Classes—who will compete in a multitude of nautical events, including the 16-mile offshore race (Monaco Ventimiglia-Monaco) and the Solar Class (which includes Open Class and Challenge A Class).
As a student-driven initiative, the participation of recognized intuitions like the Polytechnic University of Milan is proof, as the university says, of a “successful collaboration between academia and industry.”
As CEO of Monaco Boat Service, and with my family history to this region and yachting dating back to 1842, I share the sentiment of Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club, who says, “If we want to position Monaco as the capital of yachting, we are duty-bound to play our part in these technical advances.”