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Launch of green hydrogen pontoon: YCM paves way to sustainable yachting


Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Yacht Club de Monaco, as part of the collective Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting initiative, is intensifying efforts to safeguard the environment through innovative technology. Recently, under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the club unveiled the pioneering autonomous green hydrogen pontoon. This groundbreaking facility has the capacity to fill 30 cylinders, providing green hydrogen to eight teams in readiness for the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge slated for July 1-7, 2024.

Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of Yacht Club de Monaco, expressed pride in the progress made over the 11 years since the inception of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge. Despite resource constraints, the club has achieved significant milestones, now capable of producing green hydrogen.

In line with Monaco’s commitment to lead responsible yachting practices, the pontoon’s launch was attended by dignitaries including Céline Caron-Dagioni, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development; Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior; and representatives from various organizations supporting sustainable initiatives.

SBM Offshore, a longstanding partner of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, demonstrated its dedication by installing the hydrogen production facility, marking its sixth consecutive participation. This floating platform, powered by renewable energy sources, aims to reduce the event’s carbon footprint and promote eco-responsible energy usage among participants.

Ecological Innovation and Water Conservation

The pontoon, weighing 1.3 tonnes and equipped with floating solar panels spanning 20m², has undergone significant enhancements. It now features twice the battery capacity, ensuring continuous hydrogen production day and night. Noteworthy improvements include a remote monitoring system for electrolyzer flow, battery status, and environmental controls, enhancing operational efficiency.

In parallel, Yacht Club de Monaco is pioneering water conservation efforts through the implementation of FGWRS technology, recycling water from its swimming pool. This innovative system, closely monitored by Monegasque health authorities, has already treated over one million liters of water, equivalent to half an Olympic-size pool. Recycled water is also utilized for boat cleaning and plant irrigation, promoting sustainable practices among members and visitors.

As a proactive advocate for environmental stewardship, Yacht Club de Monaco sets an example with cutting-edge technology and sustainable initiatives. These endeavors underscore the club’s commitment to raising awareness and fostering responsible choices for a healthier environment. Join the conversation on environmental sustainability at Yachting Day during Monaco Ocean Week, scheduled for March 21, featuring insightful discussions and collaborative efforts towards a greener future.