Torqeedo sponsors Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge

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Competitors mill before the start of the race.

Competitors mill before the start of the race.

The Yacht Club de Monaco will host the sixth annual Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, an event that bans all fossil fuels. Electric engine manufacturer Torqeedo has partnered with the yacht club to ensure that all boats competing are fully electric powered and is the event’s technical sponsor.

“It’s essential that the yachting sector embrace clean energy sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions,” Bernard D’ Allesandri, secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco, said in a statement.

The challenge that will take place at the yacht club July 2-6 is intended to inspire technical innovation by matching young engineers and experienced manufacturers to design, develop and race emission-free boats. In addition to racing, the competitors learn how the yachting community can effect change on environmental challenges in the marine environment, sustainability and energy efficiency.

Co-founder of Solar Impulse and Solar Class sponsor Bertrand Piccard said in the statement, “We need to demonstrate where the latest technology is leading us: it’s taking us a long way — in the right direction.”

Added Torqeedo co-founder and CEO Dr. Christoph Ballin, “We’re proud to support the continued efforts of the Yacht Club de Monaco and its members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the development of sustainable boating technology.”

The event is hosted in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the International Powerboating Federation.

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