RIT-Dubai students unveil clean energy boat design at Expo Dubai 2020

Organized at the Monaco Pavilion under the banner “Monaco Capitale de l’Advanced Yachting”, the conference focused on building an eco-responsible future for the nautical sector. Having represented the UAE in two previous editions of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, the RIT Dubai team shared their experience from past competitions and provided insight into their current boat design project, which they will be piloting during the this year’s event.

The Monaco Energy Boat Challenge (MEBC), launched in 2014 and organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco, is a one-of-a-kind event dedicated to new energies and sustainable development in yachting, held every July in Monaco. This event showcases the creativity of young engineers working with industry to find concrete solutions for alternative clean propulsion systems for boats.

Its success over the years has seen the participation of yachting industry professionals and engineering students from over 20 universities and 16 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, China, Portugal, the Netherlands, Peru, Italy and France. Throughout the event, participants and visitors meet for zero-emission boat races (Solar, Energy and Open Sea Class), as well as conferences, a hydrogen round table, Tech Talks and an exhibition dedicated to new energies and to durable solutions.

As the capital of advanced yachting, Monaco has a long tradition of innovation and association with the motorboating fraternity, dating back to 1904 when it hosted the first motorboat meetings testing combustion engine developments. The Yacht Club de Monaco is now spearheading the march towards an eco-responsible future for sailing and motorboating and is positioning itself as a pioneer of innovation to transform the yachting sector. With the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge and the SEA Index – a benchmark for measuring the CO2 emissions of owners of boats over 40 m – the Yacht Club de Monaco highlights new solutions and supports the energy transition towards yachting more efficient.

RIT-Dubai students participating in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge are mentored by Dr. Ghalib Kahwaji and come from different fields of study within the university, including mechanical engineering. Speaking about their involvement, RIT Dubai President, Dr. Yousef Al Assaf said, “Participating in this challenge gives our students the opportunity to innovate and contribute to the creation of futuristic sustainable energy solutions. Networking with many other teams around the world makes us all feel the global need to come together for worthy causes, including supporting our communities and their future.

RIT Dubai was the first team from the MENA region to take part in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge and will showcase their new boat design in their third appearance in the competition this summer.

Abdul J. Gaspar