The Challenge2018-09-03T16:29:07+00:00

THE CHALLENGE

Bridging performance and sustainability

THE CHALLENGE

Bridging performance and sustainability

ZERO CO2 RACING

To win the world’s most challenging ocean races with zero emissions

HYDROGEN

Be the first hydrogen-electric vessel to sail around the world

AUTONOMY

Prototype a practical solution for clean energy independence

COMMUNICATE

Demonstrate the performance advantages of renewable innovations

ZERO CO2 RACING

To win the world’s most challenging ocean races with zero emissions

HYDROGEN

Be the first hydrogen-electric vessel to sail around the world

AUTONOMY

Prototype a practical solution for clean energy independence

COMMUNICATE

Demonstrate the performance advantages of renewable innovations

Demonstrating the performance advantages of clean tech

The Energy Challenge is a competitive ocean racing project centred on innovation, performance, and energy efficiency. Uniquely, it aims to demonstrate the performance advantages of clean technologies through a competitive project in the world’s most demanding offshore sailing championships Class 40 and IMOCA 60.

Defining the consortium of specialists

The Challenge has focussed on bringing together top specialists in clean technology from across the world to develop a practical clean energy solution for marine, importantly forcing fossil fuels redundant. The innovation is mid-development of a self-sufficient, CO2-free clean energy system offering a lighter solution with greater energy security and reliability, compared to the traditional diesel generator.

Testing innovations and winning on zero CO2

Modules of this system are being developed and tested aboard Class 40 race yacht Imerys Clean Energy to ensure their success and reliability prior to integration on an IMOCA 60 round-world race yacht. 2017 saw a big achievement for the Challenge’s zero emission innovations as the team won both the European Trophy and Class 40 Championship.

The next challenge

Achieving the Challenge’s 2017 objectives of winning the Championship on zero emissions, the team aims to progress to the next level and step up to the prestigious IMOCA 60 Class. Competing in this Class will enable the team to build up to an entry in the Everest of Sailing, the Vendée Globe in 2020. This solo, non-stop, round the planet race is the ultimate highlight of world sailing.

First hydrogen vessel around the world

Prototyping the hydrogen-electric system: The Challenge aims to be the first to circumnavigate the world with zero fossil fuels aboard. The Vendee Globe offers significant communications reach world-wide, enabling the endeavour to demonstrate a practical and high performance solution for marine across the planet.

Demonstrating the performance advantages of clean tech

The Energy Challenge is a competitive ocean racing project centred on innovation, performance, and energy efficiency. Uniquely, it aims to demonstrate the performance advantages of clean technologies through a competitive project in the world’s most demanding offshore sailing championships Class 40 and IMOCA 60.

Defining the consortium of specialists

The Challenge has focussed on bringing together top specialists in clean technology from across the world to develop a practical clean energy solution for marine, importantly forcing fossil fuels redundant. The innovation is mid-development of a self-sufficient, CO2-free clean energy system offering a lighter solution with greater energy security and reliability, compared to the traditional diesel generator.

Testing innovations and winning on zero CO2

Modules of this system are being developed and tested aboard Class 40 race yacht Imerys Clean Energy to ensure their success and reliability prior to integration on an IMOCA 60 round-world race yacht. 2017 saw a big achievement for the Challenge’s zero emission innovations as the team won both the European Trophy and Class 40 Championship.

The next challenge

Achieving the Challenge’s 2017 objectives of winning the Championship on zero emissions, the team aims to progress to the next level and step up to the prestigious IMOCA 60 Class. Competing in this Class will enable the team to build up to an entry in the Everest of Sailing, the Vendée Globe in 2020. This solo, non-stop, round the planet race is the ultimate highlight of world sailing.

First hydrogen vessel around the world

Prototyping the hydrogen-electric system: The Challenge aims to be the first to circumnavigate the world with zero fossil fuels aboard. The Vendee Globe offers significant communications reach world-wide, enabling the endeavour to demonstrate a practical and high performance solution for marine across the planet.

To be the first hydrogen vessel around the world

Vendée Globe

To be the first hydrogen vessel around the world

Vendée Globe

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