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Sustainable energy for the future of powerboating


Monaco, July 6th, 2019

On Saturday 6th July 2019, the Yacht Club de Monaco and the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) co-hosted the third edition of the International Motorsports & Environment Workshop.

UIM is the world governing body for all Powerboating activities and is fully recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As an internationally recognized authority for world power boating, the UIM is charged with protecting and building the future of the Sport and its 3rd International Motorsports & Environment Workshop was focused on the future of powerboating in the context of progressive electrification of motorsports. Enel Foundation was invited to contribute to share knowledge on “How to contribute to a better world through sustainable green energies”.

The event was held alongside the 6th edition of the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, an initiative enacting a century-old tradition, in which the Yacht Club de Monaco invites engineering students to work with industry experts and give free rein to their creativity to design and build propulsion systems using only clean energy sources.

Dr. Carlo Papa, Director of Enel Foundation, joined the workshop to share scientific research data with different stakeholders. In attendance were the International Motorsports Federations representing automobile (FIA), aeronautic (FAI) and powerboating (UIM), as well as the renewable-energy industry, Design Studios and Academia, all of whom focused on ways to apply sustainable energy sources for mobility on water, land and in the air.

Dr. Raffaelle Chiulli, UIM President, commented, “I’m very pleased Enel Foundation is exploring the potential of sustainable motorsports, as research results are promising and will lead to a greener powerboating experience as an example for the entire motonautique sector”.

Pierre Duval, President of the FAI Environmental Commission and Burkhard Goeschel, President of the FIA Electric and New Energy Commission (ENEC), spoke on the best practices and experiences from their respective associations. Mikael Lundblad, Chairman of IUM Technical Commission, talked of electric propulsion in powerboating and professor Marco Bocciolone from Politecnico di Milano joined the Workshop offering insights from a mechanical point of view.

UIM, also known as International Powerboating Federation, is a member of the Association of the IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) and of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) for both of which UIM President, Dr. Raffaele Chiulli also serves as President.