The Challenge is mid-development of a self-sufficient hydrogen-electric clean energy system that offers a lighter solution than traditional diesel engines, whilst providing greater energy independence and reliability. Modules of this system are being developed and tested aboard the Class 40 race yacht Imerys Clean Energy to ensure their success and reliability prior to integration on an IMOCA 60 race yacht.
To date, no vessel has won a round-the-world race without fossil fuels aboard. To be the first high performance vessel around the world, free from fossil fuels could provide the ultimate demonstration for a new, practical concept in marine power systems that can help decarbonise the boating sector.
The Energy Challenge has won the 2017 Class 40 Championship, and aims to progress into the prestigious IMOCA 60 Class for 2018, building up to an entry in the Everest of Sailing, the Vendée Globe in 2020. This solo, non-stop round the world race is the highlight of the Ocean Masters World Championship, ocean racing’s premier sporting arena.