Monaco is committed to becoming healthy and sustainable.
Principality of Monaco (July 30, 2019)
Monte Carlo is closely associated with wealth, glamour, gambling and conspicuous consumption. But today, Monaco is committed to becoming as healthy and sustainable as it is luxurious.
Torqeedo was honored to participate in the Monaco Solar and Energy Boat Challenge as the event’s Technical Partner. The event, held in Monte Carlo, brought 34 student teams from 14 countries together to build and race solar-powered and emission-free boats. Torqeedo also partnered with Yacht Club de Monaco to ensure that all boats involved in the organisation of the event were 100% emission-free electric.
With its storied maritime heritage, Monaco has become a nerve centre for the development of sustainable yachting technology. The principality, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, his foundation, and the Yacht Club de Monaco are raising the profile of and investing in new mobility technologies, on land and on the water. These efforts are part of their “Green is the new Glam” campaign to improve air quality, cut greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 by 50% (compared with 1990 levels) and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Yacht Club de Monaco recently installed the world’s first network of e-boat superchargers and is transitioning to fully electric port and harbor support vessels.
Torqeedo-powered boats supporting the Challenge ranged from the Yacht Club de Monaco’s own fleet of Deep Blue-powered RIBs built by Naviwatt, to a luxurious sailing catamaran by Privilège Yachts. Designboats, Greenline Yachts, Avon Zodiac and other builders brought Torqeedo-powered boats to the event to serve as safety boats, judges’ boats and press boats, lowering the environmental impact of the event.
When the checkered flag came down, teams from the Netherlands dominated the Solar Class, with New Nexus winning the Open Class and Sunflare triumphing in the A Class. TU Delft Solar Boat Team won the 32nm endurance race, with the French Wave ESTACA Team taking home the prize in the Energy Class. It was a pleasure for the Torqeedo crew to work alongside these bright young engineers from around the world and we congratulate all of the participants.
HSH Prince Albert II said, “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.” We couldn’t agree more.
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