As previous times, UniBoat team kept a multihybrid propulsion on their boat ‘Futura’ with battery plus hydrogen tanks and solar panels. This year the team implemented also the ‘Adas’ technology in order to, with the help of a stereo vision camera, recognize objects in the sea and permit an autonomous drive system. Second place went to ‘Oceanos’ team of Athens University and third place in the category went to UniGenova, at their debut in the competition. The italian team from Genova was also awarded the ‘Eco conception price’.
First place in the Solar Class, dedicated to solar energy, went to dutch team Sunflare.
“We consist of a team of 7 members and this is actually the fifth time that we won the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge in the Solar Class. In the beginning we still had glass solar panels then we switched to lighter solar panels, we added some hydrofoils, made the boat more stable and added few smaller upgrades. We’re currently developing a new battery so we get the capacity that we can have. Next year we’re going to be here with a new boat so that’s our future plan”, says the team pilot Gerlof Werkman.
From the jury point of view, chaired by EODev ceo Jeremie Lagarrigue, the event offers an interesting perspective on the future of the sectors. “I think the Yacht Club de Monaco with this event has really seen a long way on when the industry should be going and I think they are really going in the right direction. It’s interesting for us in terms of the perspective of materials that are being used and the different energy propulsion systems to be here. I think for the industry itself it’s a very good breeding ground for new ideas and innovations”, adds One Ocean Foundation general secretary and member of the jury Jan Pachner. Supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Credit Suisse, BMW and SBM Offshore, the event has attracted the attention of important shipyards such as Oceanco, Ferretti Group, Monaco Marine, Sanlorenzo, Lürssen and Palumbo SY Refit.