Monaco Sun Acts as Motorboat Fuel
The summer sun beating down on the shores of Monaco provided all the fuel for last week’s Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup 2014.
The three day competition saw 25 teams from a variety of international universities battle it out in powerboats running purely on solar energy. The innovative vessels were tested in a number of events including a fleet race, slalom races and one-on-one challenge. The event is integral to the development of this new green sport and a great way for young engineers to prove themselves as a forward thinking new generation.
The real winners were the Dutch team who took home the double after winning both the Open Class (the most innovative, just restricted by length - 8m or less) and in the A class (maximum length 6m and just four solar panels). The one-design V20 class (planes on foils) was won by the Russian Team Beluga Powered by Synergy.
As the sport develops, the organisers hope that more people will recognise the possibility to have fun racing on the water at high speeds, but done in a completely environmentally friendly way, using no fossils fuels.
Watch video summaries of each day of racing below.
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Image Credits: Franck Terlin
Article by Jack Bartrop