Erwan Grossmann – Biocomposites Webinar

ERWAN GROSSMANN – BIOCOMPOSITES WEBINAR – 11th December 2019 at 15:00 (GMT +1:00)

Join us for an interactive live session with Erwan Grossmann, Head of Biocomposite Design at Kairos Biocomposites!

Mr. Grossmann will talk about material properties and how they have significantly driven the evolution of yacht design over the years.
The evolution of mechanical properties of boat building materials has also been associated to an increase in their environmental impact.
Alternative fibres, resins and core materials and are presented as well as their potential for environmental impact reduction.

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Industry Spotlight – Christian Olivaux

This week we are shining an Industry Spotlight on Christian Olivaux, Director of Programmes for Turgis and Gaillard Group.

His career path proves that there is more than just one way to reach a certain goal:

 

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to direct a company?

I am a flight test engineer. I have been in the army for 20 years, especially working on prototype tests. Then, I have run programs in different companies in France and in Germany. After that, I created my own consulting company in 2012 and I have worked many times in leading programs. I joined the Turgis et Gaillard group in 2017 in order to conduct the group’s transverse design office: AA’ROK the company which produces the SunWave boats. We carry out the special projects of the group. Thanks to my atypical career path I have learnt a lot all my professional life long and I have succeeded in many complex programs in management in technology and also in finance. Thus, I have kept on improving and I am now directing AA’ROK – the transverse design office of theTurgis et Gaillard group.

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Jérémie Lagarrigue – Energy Class Webinar

Jérémie Lagarrigue – Energy Class Webinar – 9th December 2019 at 15:00 (GMT +1:00)

Pre-register now for our interactive live session dedicated to the Energy Class, where you will have two hours to ask all your technical questions!

Engineer and first-class sailor, Jérémie Lagarrigue has crewed on board several well-known yachts (Groupama, l’Hydroptère, and Crèpes Wahou) and F18 sport catamarans, winning several medals at French, European and world championships.

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Student Spotight – Anton Brosens

UAntwerp team member Anton Brosens shares his view of the event!

Anton joined the team in his last Bachelor year and is currently studying a Master of Electromechanical Engineering and Offshore Engineering.

Check out his experience here below:

“I currently have no clear idea of what I will be doing the first few years yet. I still have too many interests in different industries, like environmental engineering, bioengineering, and others.

Probably I will continue studying for a while to enlarge my career options. My aim is to grow into an executive position of a company, so I can lead projects,
solving various problems that challenge me.

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Industry Spotlight: François Richard – CEO, Lanéva

This week we are shining an Industry Spotlight on François Richard, CEO of Lanéva.

The vision and drive this man has is exactly what we need to change the yachting industry!

 

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to direct a company?

I graduated with a bachelor in Political Science from Sorbonne University in Paris and a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. I also had the chance to roam and travel before embarking on this adventure.

With experiences at the United Nations in London then New York, in consulting in Paris and finally as a shipbroker in Hamburg, I am a fervent advocate of the acquisition of knowledge through real experience. Skills are acquired by being passionate about your project, always looking for the optimal solution (sometimes late at night) and very often by collaborating with different profiles in their experiences and ways of thinking.

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Simon Brealey – Webinar – 3rd October 2019

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR FIRST WEBINAR

Join us on ZOOM for our first interactive live session with Simon Brealey,
Principal Mechanical Engineer at Lateral Naval Architects on October 3rd at 14:30 (GMT +2:00).

This session will last between 30-45 minutes with 10-15 minutes of Q&A at the end so you can ask him all your questions.

Only 100 participants can join, so make sure to register now!

During this talk he will touch base on the following subjects:

–    Marine & Mechanical Engineering demand for superyachts
–    Moving away from tradition and how to use technology efficiently
–    Some of the things affecting maritime engineering

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Energy Class – Technical Rules

Energy Class – Technical Rules 2020

The Monaco Energy Class has been designed to compare the efficiency of different propulsion systems while using sustainable energy. To achieve this aim a catamaran hull described in this publication, will be provided by the Yacht Club de Monaco to each team competing.

Competitors will have to build a cockpit including the propulsion system with controls & steering, which they will than fit to the hull.

The Technical Regulations presented in this document serve as directives for the teams that will compete in this class.

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The future is being written today

The curtain came down on the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge Saturday 6th July with a prize-giving ceremony rewarding both the competition winners on the water and Tech Talk presentations. It is clear the event was the perfect opportunity to highlight and put into practice solutions for sustainable yachting, the result of years of Research & Development. Organised in partnership with the International Powerboating Federation (UIM) and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the 6th edition of a competition that is unique in the world and which attracted 34 teams (14 nationalities) offers a glimpse of the future in which everyone are winners: researchers, academics, engineering students, and professionals working in the yachting and energy sectors. All are committed to developing and testing credible alternatives to fossil fuels to shape the future of propulsion for the boats of tomorrow.

 

An incubator that puts the spotlight on developments taking place, the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge 2019 is very much in line with the vision of Yacht Club de Monaco President HSH Prince Albert II, who came to meet exhibitors and encourage contestants: “Training and educating our young people, their development, creativity, awareness and involvement are the guarantors of a better future (…). Let us give them a chance, give them all the tools they need to succeed and above all put our trust in them.”

 

Prototypes put to the test

Be it in the Solar, Offshore or Energy classes, competition in the race events was intense. In the solar group that has been here since the start and was best represented with 19 entrants, the Dutch continue to sweep the board with victories for New Nexus (Open Class) and Sunflare (A Class). Note that for the first time since this event was launched in 2014, the solar fleet managed a three-hour non-stop race covering nearly 20 nautical miles (nm) on the sea, evidence of how progress continues to be made with this technology.

In the Offshore Class, the battle for top spots was between students in the TU Delft Solar Boat Team and yachting professionals in the Vita Yachts team. The Scots won the 16nm endurance race, while tomorrow’s engineers from the Netherlands clinched victory in the 32nm Long Race with a focus on maintaining their machine’s range and not speed.

Launched only last year, the Energy Class proved very popular with seven entrants responding to a challenge to design the most powerful and durable propulsion system for a standard catamaran hull supplied by the YCM. Victory went to the French Wave ESTACA Team, who dominated all the contests – endurance race, slalom and match race.

 

 

A meeting at the service of innovation

With over 400 competitors, exhibitors and speakers, and an estimated thousand visitors over the four days, the event demonstrated the importance of sharing expertise and lessons learned, a brainstorming of ideas which is at the heart of any successful innovation. As YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri explains: “The Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge is contributing to the thinking on yachting’s future. Through this event and as part of the project to make Monaco a yachting capital, the Principality is providing a crossroads for experiments of the industry, engineers, boatyards, students and owners in their bid to meet the energy and environmental challenges facing the nautical sector.”
And with concrete results – for while hydrogen appears set to become an effective alternative of choice, solar energy has a role to play, while hybrid solutions are also proving their worth as evidenced by SBM Offshore, whose largest location is in Monaco employing around 900 people. Supported by the whole company, their thermo-electric project using hydrogen as the energy source was one of the novelties of this edition and has a promising future: heat generated by the fuel cell is deployed in an optimal way to supply the battery that is approaching a record 60% efficiency. The prototype was awarded the Credit Suisse Innovation Prize.

With a dozen teams already signed up in the Energy category for 2020, including one from the Visun Royal Yacht Club in China, no doubt their prototype will face tougher competition.

 

 

Promises of employment

Organisers were also delighted by the yachting industry’s involvement, such as that of German boatyard Nobiskrug participating for the first time. The company has already promised to return next year and was able to meet potential employees. It was the same for Torqeedo, which supplied a fleet of electric tenders for the event, and Energy Observer who identified profiles of engineers. In total, around 20 young people may have found employment through this event, another concrete result, this time for the ‘Job Dating’ initiative launched this year by the Yacht Club de Monaco and which will continue all year round.

 

Progress shared

A key objective of the Challenge with the end-of-day Tech Talks is to give teams an opportunity to present their project, to outline their approach including problems encountered and how they overcame them. It is a real source of inspiration where everyone can benefit from each other’s experience on Open Source and continue to improve their prototype. Maybe one day they will be here as an exhibitor, like the start-up FinX with its electric biomimetic membrane, based on the way fish use their fins to swim, and designed to replace boat propellers.

At the same time, among talks given at the conferences, the one by Professor Paolo Schinto from the Politecnico di Milano university made a mark, as his team is working on the reuse and recycling of Lithium-Ion batteries. According to the Professor, within just over five years improvements in the cost of production and battery life combined will make electric vehicles more economical than traditional fossil fuel – whether the energy converted into electricity is reusable or not. An analysis that will certainly have pleased Toyota which had supplied its hydrogen Mira cars.

 

Yacht Club de Monaco leads the way

Yacht Club de Monaco leads the way
Faced with these environmental challenges, the Yacht Club de Monaco took advantage of the event to announce launch of its future Zero Emission Committee Boat for regattas and events organised all year round by the Club. A 100% eco-friendly catamaran has been designed by naval architect Espen Oeino, with the engineering aspects by Dario Calzavara (Terra Modena) who contributed to the design of the Anvera Elab prototype at this competition. As it will be so quiet and with no carbon emissions, it has been designed with a second task in mind: whale watching off the Principality.

When words combine with actions, the future can indeed be written today.

 

Winners of the 6th edition of the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge

Energy Class: Wave ESTACA (France)
Offshore Class, Long Race: TU Delft Solar Boat Team (Netherlands)
Offshore Class, Endurance Race: VITA Yachts (Scotland)
Solar Open Class: New Nexus (Netherlands)
Solar A-Class: Sunflare (Netherlands)
Speed Record: Anvera Elab (Italy)? 74.49 km/hr,
beating the previous record set in 2016 of 49.10 km/hr
Innovation Prize: SBM Offshore (Monaco)
Best Tech Talk Prize: Solar Boat Twente (Pays-Bas)
Communication Prize: HydroVinci (France)
Spirit Prize: Team Indonesia

 

Next edition: 30 June-4 July 2020

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