Students from 40 global universities to compete at Monaco Energy Boat Challenge

monaco energy boat challenge

The 2024 Monaco Energy Boat Challenge in early July will unite 50 teams of passionate maritime engineering students from 40 universities around the world for a series of competitive events designed to inspire innovation and promote futuristic solutions to today’s energy challenges. 

Between 1st and 6th July at the Yacht Club de Monaco, the entrants of the 2024 Monaco Energy Boat Challenge will present their forward-thinking ideas and concepts that could change the nature of the yachting and wider maritime industries. 

By leveraging new technologies, materials and alternative propulsion systems, the event, which has been held in Monaco since 2014, aims to raise environmental awareness and enhance sustainability practices without compromising on performance. 

Over the years, the Challenge has expanded its reach from early solar power experiments to the current model, which features four forms of competition: the Energy Class, the Open Sea Class, Sea Lab and the Solar Class.  

Each category has its own set of criteria to be followed regarding the vessels’ construction and design, and the teams are all given a chance to test their creations in open-water competitions over the course of the event.  

Alongside the water-based action, the event will also include a number of conferences and a special seminar on hydrogen technologies. 

See more: Monaco Energy Boat Challenge introduces new sustainable technology award for 2024

A new element of this year’s edition is the Sustainable Maritime Technology Award that has been set up by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The universities competing at the 2024 edition, as well as those registered for 2025, have been invited to submit their energy-efficient or carbon-reducing projects in a bid to win a grant of €25,000 to further develop the concept. The winning team will be announced on the final day of the event.  

For more details on the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge and its various events, click here.


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