SOLAR BOAT CHALLENGE
MONACO - The yacht harbour at Monaco is an ideal location for fast electric boats powered by the sun. For over a century Monaco has been a pioneer in powerboating.
In 1904, Monaco was already organising the first powerboat meetings. The world’s industrialists came from all over the world to Monaco to present their latest developments in combustion engine technology. Port Hercule and its bay are now the stage for an unusual spectacle with the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge for vessels powered only by the sun.
These cutting edge boats are designed and driven by international university students incorporating revolutionary ideas with existing technology in the quest for a future where environmental protection and innovation will become inseparable.
Organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco, this meeting is very much in line with the Principality’s desire to pursue a commitment it holds dear: to prepare today for a better tomorrow. Teams who do not have a solar-powered machine have the opportunity to assemble one from scratch (supplied in kit form by Vripack) before the event to compete in the different races. Now that is what we call a challenge! The younger generation have the chance to give birth to promising projects supported in this way.
MONACO - The Solar Boat Challenge is aimed at young engineers who might then go on to develop sustainable commercial vessels.
CNN JULY 13 2016 - MONACO SOLAR BOAT CHALLENGE
"Today it was really raining like hell, but we still pushed the boat to limit
- we managed a top speed of 52.4 km/h (32.5 mph)," Gerard van der Schaar, the 2015 winner,
is quoted as saying to CNN after a day of practice.
"In 2006, when we had the first Solar Boat Race, the top speeds were 15 km/h," van der Schaar recalls. "First we thought if we get it to 50 km/h then that's a good mark, today we passed that. I think in the future we will go to 55, 56 and maybe even 60 km/h."
"We have contacts with a lot of large boats who want to have a chip or full electric. Hybrid is really upcoming because if you have a super yacht, you also want to have a silent mode for eight hours, so you can go swimming without the diesel oil in the sea."
Focusing on this week's competitive action, van der Schaar is confident of ruling the waves in his green machine once again.
"Yes, our boat is in good condition (to win)," he says. "But, I must say, we are now also in close combat with another team. Normally we have a bigger difference, but now it is very close. "So in Monaco it will be really exciting."
TU DELFT - The winners of the July 2019 offshore boat races was TU Delft, in a boat that sometimes reached 35kph.
The TU Delft Solar Boat Team is a Dreamteam that is situated in the D:Dreamhall. The name of this hall is an acronym for: ‘Delft: Dream Realization of Extremely Advanced Machines’. In the D:Dream hall multiple student teams work on their own innovative projects. Our team exists out of 26 ambitious students of ten different faculties from the TU Delft. In one year the students of our team take up the challenge to design, produce and race with a fully functioning solar-powered boat.
- The CLAFIS Victron Energy solar boat team returned to the water with their updated 2017 boat Furia III in the hope of continuing their winning ways.
HYDROFOILS - The Furia III suffered damage to its contra-rotating propellers. This is torpedo technology adapted to fast surface craft. The 'T' strut is like that on the Boeing hydrofoil.
RECORD HOLDER - On the 4th of May 2012, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar set a world record for the fastest solar powered circumnavigation of 584 days also going into the Guinness Book of World Records for other electric boat achievements. The expedition started and ended at Monaco.
THE ELIZABETH SWAN - The graceful lines of this beautiful solar powered boat complements the zero carbon cruising ideal that many designers and United Nations planners aspire to under SDG13. When built the Swan's hull will be the largest solar powered boat in the world at 43 meters (140ft). She could also prove to be the world's fastest blue water cruiser.
ENERCO NK ZONNEBOOTRACE - This is a video of various race boats and the surrounding area of the 52 km Eneco Solar Boat Race NK, held on Friday 26th May 2017. The video is courtesy of Jelte Van Der Meer.
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