In June, hydrogen-powered yachts will be showcased during the 8th Monaco Energy Boat Challenge. Eight teams have volunteered to use hydrogen in the challenge, which will be accompanied by a panel discussion on the future of this fuel in maritime transport.
“Monaco Energy Boat Challenge” is an event organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco. The goal is simple: promotion of alternative methods of powering yachts and other vessels. The teams applying for the challenge are responsible for designing and presenting their original project for a clean propulsion system.
The projects of the submitted teams compete in three categories: Energy, Solar and open sea. In two of them, teams can choose any alternative fuel energy cell that will be fitted to vessels supplied by the Yacht Club de Monaco. According to the organizer’s announcement, as many as eight teams announced that they will use hydrogen cells to power the propulsion systems.
Teams consist of students and academic staff from various universities around the world, as well as representatives of commercial companies.
The developed solutions might end up on the commercial market. According to the European Union’s strategy, in 2030 the production of green hydrogen fuel in the EU is to exceed 10 million tonnes. Along with this, an extensive infrastructure is to be developed, supporting units powered by hydrogen cells.