The YCM, in collaboration with Hydros Foundation, introduced a brand new concept in 2018 with the Monaco Energy Class. Engineering students working with industrialists will be given a one-design catamaran hull specially designed for this competition.
The challenge is to build a cockpit for their boat and design the most powerful and durable propulsion system possible from a given amount of energy. Bio Fuel, battery, hydrogen, compressed air, LNG, etc. – the choice is wide, but it must be a clean source.
“The purpose of this event is to bring new solutions and compare them with each other. You need to know that the internal combustion engine in terms of pure propulsion gets only 30% out of the energy contained in 1 litre of fuel, compared to a fuel cell that attains about 80%. So why aren’t we seeing more fuel cells and new more efficient systems than the combustion engine?” asks Jérémie Lagarrigue, General Manager of Hydros Efficiency and organiser of the Hydrocontest in Saint-Tropez, first student competition dedicated to maritime energy (working on hulls).
SPECIFICATIONS: Length: 5m – Beam: 2.5m – Height: 0.45m – Displacement: 250kg – Speed: 15 knots