7th virtual edition showcases real progress

7th Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge

30th June – 8th July 2020

 

Wednesday 8th July 2020. Yet again the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, which for seven years has promoted alternative motorised boat propulsion initiatives, has proved synonymous with innovation and progress in yachting. As teams were not allowed to travel to the Principality due to the current health crisis, the Yacht Club de Monaco offered contestants a new format based on sharing information on open source with auditions online for the 18 teams in competition to describe and defend their projects.

 

At the online prize-giving ceremony today, five prizes, which included a financial grant for each winner, were awarded.

 

“As part of our ‘Monaco: Capital of Yachting’ project, the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge aims to support a new generation of engineers whose ideas and inventions are going to re-write the industry’s rule book, making it more respectful of the environment,” says YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri. We wanted to recognise all the hard work put in by the teams during the last year, while fully respecting health guidelines and avoiding large crowds. That’s why we decided to go the virtual route, for the first time since its launch in 2014”.

 

Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco alongside the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and International Powerboating Federation, this event is unique in the world as it reflects the commitment of researchers, academics, future engineers, inventors, and yachting and energy professionals.

 

Iqos and Credit Suisse, long-time partners of the YCM and the event were at the meeting, alongside BMW and Yachting Partners International (YPI) joining them for the first time in the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge adventure.

 

Despite world-wide health restrictions disrupting their work, 18 teams representing 12 nations stepped up to the plate to present their project to a Technical Jury comprising engineer Marco Casiraghi, the man behind the project, Erwann Lebel, naval architect at Espen Oeino International, and Jérémie Lagarrigue from Energy Observer.

 

Divided into three classes (Solar, Energy and Open Sea Class) most participants put themselves forward for all three categories of prizes: Innovation, Eco Conception and the Spirit Prize. Dossiers had to be handed in by 10th June 2020 and were subject to an in-depth analysis, with each team then having an opportunity to defend their project in oral interviews with an international Jury via Zoom.

 

 

A wealth of innovations

Three prizes and two ‘Coup de Cœur’ (favourite) prizes were awarded by the Jury who were impressed with the quality of the work presented.

 

  • Innovation Prizefor Técnico Solar Boat (Portugal)

 

For most advanced improvements and innovation relevance in meeting the sector’s requirements, the Innovation Prize was presented by Michel Buffat, Head of Aviation & Yacht Finance at Credit Suisse.

Candidates had to submit a written presentation of up to 1,500 words, supported by photos, sketches or videos, plus results of tests carried out to prove the boat’s efficiency. Each team then defended their project in a 20-minute oral session to an international Jury, with this prize being won by Técnico Solar Boat team from Portugal in the Energy Class category.

It’s the fourth time the Portuguese have participated, three times in the Solar Class and this year in the Energy Class. This time, engineers at the Instituto Superior Técnico decided to aim for two categories with two different prototypes. In the Energy Class, they stood out for their concept of a boat powered by hydrogen using a 5kW fuel cell, with current innovations motivating them to produce their own fuel cell and hydrogen using electrolysis of water via an electrolyser powered by solar panels in the future.

Inspired by the Energy Observer vessel, these students hope to have a system in place to filter seawater for the electrolysis process and use the hydrogen produced to power their bespoke fuel cell.

 

 

  • Eco Conception Prize to SBM Offshore E-Racing Team (Monaco)

Efficiency of materials and processes used, plus its contribution to science and the team’s commitment to sharing good practices were the focus for the Eco Conception Prize presented by Abdullah Nahar, Director of Yachting Partners International (YPI).

Sustainability was at the core of the project from SBM Offshore E-Racing Team, led by Francesco Prazzo, in terms of the lifecycle of the cockpit, use of different materials as well as the propulsion system which comprises standard components that can all be reused.

It was the second time the team has entered the Challenge. Registered in the Energy Class, they opted for hydrogen propulsion using components that meet reuse and recycling requirements in a hi-tech context. The cockpit is made of aluminium while more than half the mass of its structural components are easy to re-use or re-employ.

In their quest to find new renewable energy solutions, they designed a prototype floating system that can produce hydrogen from sea water using solar and wind power, ideas that aroused the Jury’s curiosity, to clinch the Eco Conception Prize ahead of the eight other contestants.

 

  • Spirit Prize goes to TU Delft Boat Team (Netherlands)

Presented by Thomas Donce from the BMW Group France, the Spirit Prize not only reflects the spirit of the competition, but also originality in the form of a short 1 minute 20 second video which was won by the TU Delft Boat Team. The always-inspired teams have been regulars to this meeting since the first one in 2014 (seven years in total).

The young engineers this year brilliantly retraced and illustrated technical research achieved in the last few months, particularly how they adapted when the Netherlands went into lock-down and they could not progress the project as fast as they wanted. Their team spirit reflects the spirit of the event, making them a worthy winner of this prize.

 

Not one but two favourites

Unable to decide between them the international Jury wanted to pay tribute to two teams in particular with the ‘Coup de Cœur’ prize.

 

  • First one awarded to Hydros Team UI (Indonesia).

Here last year in Monaco, this Indonesian team were competing for all three prizes with a boat powered by a battery and solar panels that contained several special features. Winner in 2019 of the Spirit Prize, this young Indonesian team once again demonstrated a commitment to renewable energy solutions that could be applied to Indonesia. A worthy motivation which moved the Technical Jury.

 

Another very promising project, from Hynova (France), was awarded the second Coup de Cœur prize. Participating for the first time in the Open Sea Class, their team’s entry was a prototype of a 40-foot boat powered by an electric engine, itself powered by hydrogen from a fuel cell supplied by Toyota. Their objective is to promote hydrogen as a green alternative energy source. The project has many advantages including good performance, reduced sensitivity to temperature changes, no risk of pollution caused by leaks and zero CO2 emissions. An inspiring project which is becoming a reality.

 

No downtime for knowledge sharing

 

Exchanges will continue throughout the year in the form of webinars so contestants can stay in contact with professionals. As a result of these free online technical discussions, open to all, sharing knowledge is the key and reinforces links between candidates and major players in the industry.

 

The presentations and discussions are available on the event’s website: https://mcsebc.org/webinar/. From September, a new programme of webinars will be accessible from the Yacht Club de Monaco.

 

Job Forum: at the crossroads of professional and student worlds

The Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge makes every effort to encourage networking between students and boat builders via an online Job Forum platform. Potential employers can post vacancies on it and students their CVs and letter of motivation. A win-win situation for both sides: for example, in 2019 Energy Observer representatives interviewed 15 students, going on to hire eight of them, with a similar scenario for Torqeedo and Azura Marine. Due to the health crisis, the initiative was forced to take a break in 2020, but will be up and running from September 2020.

 

Tomorrow’s talented propulsion engineers will meet again from

6-10 July 2021 for the 8th Monaco Solar & Energy Challenge.

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7th edition goes the Open Source route online

The 7th Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge kicks off tomorrow, an edition that has had to amend its format given the situation these last few months. For the first time since its launch in 2014 it was decided to promote technical discussions with oral defences of presentations live online, thereby avoiding crowds gathering, but rewarding all the hard work already put in this year by participants.

 

It is therefore a virtual competition to respect health measures. “It was a question of being able to run the event without penalising competitors who are now able to present the progress they have made on their projects this year. It was impossible to imagine cancelling it, so we dug deep to be innovative and adapt,” says Yacht Club de Monaco General Secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri.  “Last year we had a thousand visitors to the Village and 350 participants on site which given the situation would have been impossible this year. The solution therefore was to go digital”.

 

Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the International Powerboating Federation, this unique event focuses on zero emission propulsion, bringing together researchers, academics, future engineers, inventors, and yachting and energy sector professionals. All share the same ambition to develop alternative propulsion systems to build the future of yachting. The Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge is therefore adopting a virtual format in association with long-time partners of this event, Iqos and Credit Suisse. Joining them for the first time are BMW and YPI (Yachting Partners International).

 

Virtual format for 2020

Twelve nations represented by 18 teams, seven in the Solar Class, nine in the Energy Class and two in the Open Sea Class, have submitted their projects to the Technical Jury which, alongside the event’s official partners, comprises engineer Marco Casiraghi, the man behind the project; naval architect Erwann Lebel from Espen Oeino International; and Jérémy Lagarrigue from Energy Observer.

Oral presentations of their projects start tomorrow (from 30th June to 4th July) when each team will have 10 minutes to defend their work on line via Zoom. The results will be announced on Wednesday 8th July at 11.00am with a virtual prize-giving ceremony.

 

In the running for three prizes

Each team is free to have a crack at any of the three prizes. The most advanced improvements of relevant innovations that are likely to go forward for production can aim for the Innovation Prize, with winners being recognised and rewarded for highlighting their boat’s energy efficiency and being open about the advantages and disadvantages in their presentation.

 

The Eco Conception Prize puts the spotlight on efficiency of materials and processes used, as well as its contribution to science and the team’s commitment to sharing good practices. Ecological motivation is central to this category, while presenting key effects on the environment and feedback on the knowledge acquired during the project. Of note is the participation for the second year running of a team from Monaco, SBM Offshore E-Racing Team, which is in competition for the Eco-Conception Prize in the Energy Class.

 

Last but not least is the Spirit Prize for creativity and originality when participants have one minute and 20 seconds to present a video of their project, the team, the boat, how it evolved and the technical progress made during the last few months.

 

As well as recognition from the industry and pride in revealing hours of work put in and discussions, each winner will receive a cheque for €2,000.

 

Exchanges to progress

All year round online discussions are organised to help progress new ideas and are the very essence of the event itself, as evidenced by the webinars, free online technical discussions chaired by professionals and open to all. These meetings (five held so far) maintain a valuable link between the industry and contestants, giving them access to new information to feed into their experience. These presentations are available to watch on the event’s website: https://mcsebc.org/fr/webinar-fr/

 

Job Forum: talent just a click away

The Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge makes every effort to encourage students and industry professionals to stay in touch all year round via the Job Forum online platform. Potential employers can post vacancies on it and students their CVs and letter of motivation. It is proving a win-win situation for both sides, hailed by the industry. For example, in 2019 Energy Observer representatives interviewed 15 students, going on to hire eight of them, with a similar scenario for Torqeedo and Azura Marine. As a result of the health crisis, the initiative has taken a break for 2020 but will be up and running in 2021.

 

Local companies have their working group

At YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri’s instigation, a commission dedicated to alternative energy sources was set up in September 2019. The initiative is part of a move to become a Yachting Centre of Excellence with a mission to motivate those involved, be they Monegasque (Laneva) or operating locally (Vita, Candela, Suncv…), to join forces on innovative projects. Brought together in a working group that meets every two months, the commission discusses new developments and potential synergies. At their last meeting, for example, Vita announced the launch of a new Vita Supercharger that could be adapted to suit other boats.

 

To find out what these talented future engineers and latest developments in propulsion have in store, you can follow:

The auditions online 30th June to 3rd July from 5.00pm to 7.00pm

Prize-giving online: Wednesday 8th July at 11.00am.

 

To connect to the meeting on the event’s dedicated website:

https://mcsebc.org/fr/planning-des-auditions-2020/

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Audition Planning 2020

 

 

MCSEBC – Team Auditions – Day 1

June 30th, 2020 at 17:00 (GMT+2:00) Paris Time

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Team List and Schedule:

17:00 – 17:20 | Sailing Tigers (UAE) – Innovation Prize

17:20 – 17:40 | AGH Solar Boat (Poland) – Innovation Prize

17:40 – 18:00 | AGH Solar Boat (Poland) – Eco Conception Prize

18:00 – 18:20 | UniBo Argonauts Team (UniBo.A.T.) (Italy) – Eco Conception Prize

18:20 – 18:40 | UniBo Argonauts Team (UniBo.A.T.) (Italy) – Innovation Prize

 

 

MCSEBC – Team Auditions – Day 2

July 1st, 2020 at 17:00 (GMT+2:00) Paris Time

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Team List and Schedule:

17:00 – 17:20 | Hydrone (Indonesia) – Eco Conception Prize

17:20 – 17:40 | Hydrone (Indonesia) – Innovation Prize

17:40 – 18:00 | FUTUR-E (Italy) – Innovation Prize

18:00 – 18:20 | FUTUR-E (Italy) – Eco Conception Prize

 

 

MCSEBC – Team Auditions – Day 3

July 2nd, 2020 at 17:00 (GMT+2:00) Paris Time

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Team List and Schedule:

17:00 – 17:20 | Hydros UI Team (Indonesia) – Innovation Prize

17:20 – 17:40 | Hydros UI Team (Indonesia) – Eco Conception Prize

17:40 – 18:00 | Sunflare Solar Team (The Netherlands) – Innovation Prize

18:00 – 18:20 | Técnico Solar Boat – Energy Class (Portugal) – Innovation Prize

18:20 – 18:40 | Técnico Solar Boat – Energy Class (Portugal) – Eco Conception Priz

18:40 – 19:00 | TU DELFT (The Netherlands) – Innovation Prize

 

MCSEBC – Team Auditions – Day 4

July 3rd, 2020 at 17:00 (GMT+2:00) Paris Time

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Team List and Schedule:

17:00 – 17:20 | SBM E Racing Team (Monaco) – Eco Conception Prize

17:20 – 17:40 | Técnico Solar Boat – Solar Class – Innovation Prize

17:40 – 18:00 | HYNOVA (France) – Innovation Prize

18:00 – 18:20 | Wave Estaca (France) – Eco Conception Prize

18:20 – 18:40 | Solarwave (UK) – Innovation Prize

18:40 – 19:00 | Solarwave (UK) – Eco Conception Prize

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SPECIAL PRIZE UPDATE

Dear Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge Special Prize Participants,

 

Following some team and industry specialists’ requests the following amendments have been made to the Special Prize Award which will be held this July:

 

  • Application schedule amended to 10th June to give more time to the teams to work on their submissions.

You can now forward your submissions up until Wednesday 10th June 2020, 7.00pm to energychallenge@ycm.org

 

  • Regards entries: this means teams who did not have time to register properly due to the lock-down, or due to restrictions on their yachting industry experts, can put their project forward for this prize.

 

Remember: you can apply for one or two or all three of the awards!

For more info energychallenge@ycm.org

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A 7th edition reinvented

It may have been forced to change format for the first time since its launch in 2014, but this summer’s Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge will go ahead – online – as exchanges on Open Source between participants is one of the building blocks on which this event focused on innovative propulsion systems has been built.

 A first-ever “virtual” competition that fully respects health policies around the world, as YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri explains: “Given the situation and to continue supporting the hard work already put in by teams, we felt we had to adapt. With all the uncertainty, we are not able to host a conventional event for the public. Last year, we had over a thousand visitors through the village and 350 participants. We had to find a solution to keep it going without contravening the guidelines.”

 

Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco alongside the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and International Powerboating Federation, for seven years this unique event has focused on zero emission propulsion, bringing together researchers, academics, future engineers, inventors, and yachting and energy professionals. All share the same ambition to develop alternative propulsion systems to build the future of yachting.

 

Adapting to current events

In consultation with Iqos and long-time partners Credit Suisse, and BMW and Yachting Partners International who are supporting this year’s event, the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge has opted for a virtual version, exploiting modern communication resources to ensure a quality meeting.

Participants in the three classes – Solar, Energy Class and Open Sea – have until 31st May to submit a presentation of their project to a Technical Jury of professionals, key players in the industry and partners. Each team then has an opportunity to defend their work in an oral interview organised between 30th June and 4th July, before an online awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

 

Three awards

There are three awards. An Innovation Prize for the most advanced improvements of visionary and relevant innovations, the aim being to promote systems that can be adapted to meet the sector’s requirements from a production and pricing point of view. Candidates also have to prepare a written presentation of their project supported by photos, sketches or videos, plus a critical analysis of the advantages and disadvantages. Their conclusions should be based on tests carried out to prove the efficiency of the boat and its clean energy fuel source.

The Eco Conception Prize puts the spotlight not only on the efficiency of the materials and processes used, but also its contribution to science and the teams’ commitment to sharing good practices. Participation in a collaborative approach, preventive actions, the boat’s performance and reduced impact on the environment are key cornerstones of the project in this category, which also requires a written presentation and analysis to be submitted as above.

Finally, the Spirit Prize reflects the spirit of the competition by rewarding participants for originality in how they present their work, the team, their boat, how it evolved and the technical work achieved over the past few months.

The winners in each of the three categories (all classes combined) will receive a cheque for €2,000.

 

Significant advances

Be it improved battery design, solar panels or employing biomimetics to replace the propellers on a boat to imitate the way fish swim, these are just some of the advances made at the last edition. And bets are on that this year will see many more new discoveries and technical feats unveiled.

 

Exchanges all year round

Living up to its reputation as ‘Capital of Yachting’, Monaco is positioning itself as an incubator of new ideas in this field, as evidenced by the year-round webinars, free online technical discussions chaired by professionals and open to all. These meetings (five held so far) provide a valuable link between the industry and contestants, giving them access to new information to feed into their experience.

This series of virtual conferences kicked off with a focus on the evolution of ship design and engineering chaired by Simon Brealey (Lateral Naval Architecture), in particular the current specific needs of superyachts in this sector.

Erwan Grossmann (Kairos) then reviewed bio-composites production and their environmental impact. A relevant debate not only to highlight the general and mechanical properties of these fibres, resins and alternative base materials but also to understand how they can influence the evolution of yacht design.

While these sessions discuss the issues, they are also a chance to talk to the experts, people like Jérémie Lagarrigue (Energy Observer) who answered numerous questions relating to the Energy Class, and Franziska Steidle-Sailer and Christine Funck (Aquon) who redefined sustainable yachting.

At the webinar on 30th April, marine propulsion completed a non-exhaustive list of topics. There was talk of an energy-consuming, dangerous, costly, noisy propeller, so many black marks against current systems that a solution has to be found. That is according to Harold Guillemin (FinX) who gave an update on progress being made with biomimetic technology that could replace it with compact ever-more efficient membranes.

 

 

Job Forum: unrivalled pool of talent for the industry

Launched in 2019, the Job Forum is proving an excellent opportunity for students and nautical sector professionals to stay in touch all year round via this online platform. Potential employers can post vacancies on it and students their CVs and letter of motivation. A win-win situation for both sides: for example, in 2019 Energy Observer representatives interviewed 15 students, going on to hire eight of them, with a similar scenario for Torqeedo and Azura Marine.

 

Local companies have their working group

At YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri’s instigation, a commission dedicated to alternative energy sources was set up in September 2019. The initiative is part of a move to become a Yachting Centre of Excellence with a mission to motivate those involved in the sector, be they Monegasque (Laneva) or operating locally (Vita, Candela, Suncv…), to join forces on innovative projects. Brought together in a working group that meets every two months, the commission discusses new developments and potential synergies. At their last meeting, for example, Vita announced the launch of a new Vita Supercharger that could be adapted to suit other boats.

For yachting fans the meeting is still on, behind computer screens, from 30th June to 4th July 2020, lifting the veil on what’s new at this highly anticipated 7th Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge.

 

Le rendez-vous est donc maintenu pour les passionnés de yachting qui se retrouveront derrière leurs écrans du 30 juin au 4 juillet 2020 pour lever le voile sur toutes les nouveautés de cette 7e et très attendue édition du Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge.

 

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Webinar – FinX

30/04/2020 (16:30 Paris Time) – Harold Guillemin – Founder of FinX 

Topic: Revolutionizing Outboard Engines and Maritime Propulsion

 

Subjects:

– The uprising of breakthrough technology for membrane boat engines and current development (100% electric 5HP outboard motor). No propeller, no problem.
– Vision for tomorrow’s maritime propulsion systems.
– The impact of young entrepreneurs reinventing the field and innovating without barriers.

This webinar will consist of a 30min presentation and a 20min Live Q&A.

 

Registration:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZZ7r82fpQ7OW1heqjW7Oew

 

In these difficult times of confinement, we would like to keep the information sharing process alive with Webinars that will allow students, professionals and the general public to freely interact and share data.

Stay at home, stay safe and stay connected!

 

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SOLAR CLASS – REGISTRATION PROCESS

 

In light of the current COVID-19 Situation (University & Industry closures) we have extended the deadline for the teams to provide their Affiliation Letter & provisional Tech Talk.

 

The committee will accept all documentation up until 15th April for the Solar Class.

 

Please contact the organisation if any further issue arise and we will study team requests case by case.

 

Confirmation of registrations to the Solar Class teams will be sent at end of April.

 

OPEN SEA CLASS – REGISTRATION STILL OPEN!

https://form.jotformeu.com/90642842381357

 

We hope everyone stays safe during these difficult times!

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Student Spotlight – Roald de Brouwer

Roald de Brouwer from UAntwerp Solar Boat Team joined the challenge in 2019 to expand his practical knowledge and tackle new horizons!

Check out his experience here below:

What have you learned from being part of MCSEBC?
Teamwork is very important to do good races. Search for effective solutions for
problems during races.

What do you like most about the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge?
The engineer’s atmosphere where everyone wants to build the best boat. The
rivalry during races but the teamwork while building the boat.

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Webinar – AQUON

Join us on the 14th of February 2020 at 15:00 (GMT +1:00) for an interactive live session with
Christine Funk [CEO] and Franziska Steidle-Sailer [Strategic Market Developer] of AQUON!

Redefining sustainable yachting – a holistic approach based on green hydrogen propulsion:

With its 68-foot motor catamaran “AQUON One”, the company Swiss Sustainable Yachts is pioneering the first leisure catamaran powered by green hydrogen. This allows zero-emissions yachting and, since AQUON One also produces its own energy from photovoltaic cells and generates green hydrogen directly on board, it has the potential to be energetically self-sufficient.

In this webinar, the market development manager of the company will provide insights into this innovative energy system, as well as the implications it has on other aspects of the yacht design, such as hull and weight optimizations, implications on safety and classification, as well as a smart energy management system and sustainable building materials.

CLICK HERE FOR QUICK REGISTRATION

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Industry Spotlight – Harold Guillemin

To kick off this year’s Industry Spotlights we are featuring a very young and innovative entrepreneur,
his name is Harold Guillemin and he is the CEO/Founder of FinX.

Check out how this young man is making a difference here below:

 

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

After my Master of Engineering at ESME Sudria, I joined the start-up AMS R&D, founded by my father, in order to help in the development of a new industrial pump technology called Wavera that uses an undulating membrane like a fish fin. Launched in 2018, this 200 Watts and 100% electric range allows us to propel a fluid with an energy saving up to 30%. After five years at AMS R&D, as I was well aware of this technology and loved it, I wanted to adapt it to the nautical world and thus propel boats without propellers. In order to have all the necessary skills to develop a start-up, I had the opportunity to do a one-year double Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship at ESSEC Business School and CentraleSupélec. It was a good way to have all the prerequisites in business, in addition to the technic, such as business management, legal, fundraising, etc. This allowed me to focus on the project and to create FinX. Thanks to all this, FinX is now an amazing team, developing this great bio-inspired propulsion.

 

Why did you choose to create FinX?

The climatic emergency knocking on our doors, I could not stay idle. Fascinated by this technology, which I helped develop at AMS R&D, I was deeply convinced that I could adapt it to the nautical sector. When you know that a 5 HP combustion boat engine pollutes as much as 38 cars, there is a real urgency to end this aberration!
I decided to adapt this technology to a universe where it could have a greater impact, so it was obvious to develop it in sailing… maybe because I’m a native Breton!

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