The Monaco Yacht Club is organizing the July 14-16 Monaco Solar Boat Challenge in the bay of Port Hercule.
Organized with the support of the Union Internationale Motonautique, which is based in Monaco, the competition is only for boats powered by the sun, designed and driven by students from international universities.
“Solar energy is one of the key elements in the pathway toward a sustainable future, and we are fully committed to promote the ultimate synergy of nature, motion and innovation in motorboating," UIM president Raffaele Chiulli said in a statement.
Fifteen teams have registered —10 from the Netherlands. The others are from Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Poland and Monaco.
“In Monaco we pay particular attention to everything related to respect for the environment,” said Bernard d’Alessandri, general secretary of the Monaco Yacht Club.
“Technology is now available to support this commitment. It therefore seems to me essential to encourage any initiative that will drive the future development of our industry. The enthusiasm of this new generation of engineers suggests this technology could soon be applied to the leisure boat sector, including megayachts. This is the kind of pioneering spirit the principality has fostered for over a century, and [it] delivers a message full of promise for the future.”