Indian team Sea Sakthi takes part in the 11th Monaco Energy Boat Challenge


Sea Sakthi, a 15-member delegation from Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), Coimbatore, India, will participate in the 11th Monaco Energy Boat Challenge (MEBC) 2024 to be held in Monaco from July 1 to 6. The team is all set to compete with its innovatively designed lightweight twin-propulsion boat powered by clean energy. The Sea Sakthi team comprises 15 young engineers from different branches of Kumaraguru institutions, united by the common vision of a sustainable future in the maritime sector. Their relentless pursuit of sustainable excellence drives them to champion sustainable alternatives.

“Every year, the students outdo themselves. They are an amazing source of ideas. It is fascinating to see their potential and we are delighted to bring them together with industry players who provide great support to these young engineers. It is a great honour to welcome back the Sea Sakthi team, whose loyalty underlines the importance of this event for young engineers and leading universities,” said Bernard d'Alessandri, Secretary General of the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM). Team Sea Sakthi reached a historic milestone by winning the Communication Award at the MEBC 2023 for the second year in a row. Last year, the team secured 6th place overall and received the Monaco Town Hall Cup.

Under the auspices of the collective approach “Monaco, capital of advanced yachting” and organized by YCM, this event brings together pioneers of the maritime industry with visionary engineers to promote alternative propulsion and sustainability in yachting. The event presents a unique convergence of boats already on the market or about to be on the market and innovative prototypes. The competition is open to universities worldwide and on July 6th the best technological solution for energy efficiency and/or carbon reduction in yachting will be awarded. “We are delighted to create this prize to finance the development of a university department with a grant of EUR 25,000. We hope to encourage the winner to advance their applied research and perhaps advance these prototypes towards more industrial solutions,” explained Olivier Wenden, Vice President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. After the award, the winner will present the progress of their project at the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge for three years starting in 2025.

The field of competitors for the 11th edition is taking shape. The competitors of the Solar class have confirmed their participation. 15 teams from 14 nations, including India, will compete in this historic category. Prestigious institutions such as the University of Cambridge, the Catholic University of Chile, the Politecnico di Milano and the Technical University of Berlin will participate, representing countries such as Canada, Croatia, Peru, Chile and China. Competitors will have the opportunity to meet renowned shipyards such as Monaco Marine, Oceanco, Ferretti Group and Sanlorenzo. Hydrogen is considered by many to be an important energy source in the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future, meeting a range of energy needs. As an energy carrier, hydrogen offers a promising alternative to fossil fuels, as it is obtained from renewable sources such as solar and wind, or through the decarbonization of natural gas. Several competitors have opted for this solution. Of the 21 teams in the energy class that use electric propulsion, almost 50% (ten teams) will showcase hydrogen-based hybrid technologies, while the other 11 teams will store 100% of their energy in lithium-ion batteries. (ANI)

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