VIDEO. A Monegasque team turns seawater into hydrogen at the Energy Boat Challenge.

In the Principality, innovation and clean technologies serve the maritime industry. Engineers from about twenty countries came to test their ship in the waters of Monaco.

From 4 to 9 July, the 9th edition of the Energy Boat Challenge was held in the port of Monaco opposite the Yacht Club.

Teams from all over the world – from Greece, India, as well as from Portugal or Italy – made up of engineers and engineering students, have created boats and propulsion systems based on innovative technologies using solar energy or hydrogen. Even a team of students from Sophia Antipoliswho worked on his project for three years, took part in this challenge.

This precious chemical element may well be the key to future mass transportation. The Dutch-Monegasque SBM Offshore team relies on the rich seawater resources.

This is detailed by Patrick Ferry, an engineer and member of this Monegasque team.head chemical transformation: “ohn makes our energy we wanted to be “green”. What we do is extract sea water, desalinate it. Then we carefully clean it to send it to the electrolyser, it destroys our water molecule, and we extract hydrogen.”

The chemical element then powers the battery.but this type of manipulation requires larges Precautions.

Kevin Schistel, Engineer of the SBM Offshore team, ensures the safety of this process in particular: “We have to check the pressure and above all do a leak test, meaning we check all the points of the line to make sure there is no hydrogen leak because it is something flammable and explosive.”

This open-air laboratory allows for a better understanding of the possibilities associated with this new type of motorization or movement. While aircraft manufacturer Airbus aims to launch hydrogen-powered aircraft within a few years, while designs for cargo or high-speed craft based on this technology are also under study, tomorrow’s mass transportation remains to be invented. And all this while respecting the environment.

In principle, this technology is more for manufacturers, indoors, at the right temperature, it does not see the sun, it does not experience shocks … Here we really tested the system.

Kevin Schistel, engineer and member of the SBM Offshore team

For the General Secretary of the Yacht Club of Monaco, Bernard d’Alessandri, this is an event in the Principality allows you to create a community around the protection of the planet, in which the sea element is necessarily present.

“We had to contribute to this energy transition in yachting. How? Trying to encourage people to come here, share their experiences and exchange ideas about the future of yachting and saving the oceans and therefore the planet.” assures the one who directs the establishment of the embankment of Louis II.

After the airworthiness tests organized as part of the competition, there were no winners or trophies in three separate categories. The satisfaction of moving forward for the environment as a simple driving force behind the participation of these engineers.