In keeping with its keen approach to responsible yachting and with HSH Prince Albert II in attendance, the Monaco Yacht Club launched its first autonomous green hydrogen pontoon, a floating facility capable of continuously producing hydrogen from sunlight.

Moored at the Yacht Club since January, the pontoon will supply the eight teams taking part in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge From July 1 to 7, in order to help reduce the event’s carbon footprint and promote usage of eco-responsible energy resources.

“The Monaco Energy Boat Challenge was launched 11 years ago. It is very satisfying to see how far we have progressed. Even with limited resources it is now possible to produce green hydrogen,” said the Yacht Club’s general secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri.

A loyal partner of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, SBM Offshore decided to make a landmark contribution for its sixth participation by installing the hydrogen producing pontoon.

“An ever-increasing demand for safe, sustainable, affordable energy presents one of the biggest challenges of our time. As offshore pioneers, we are convinced the oceans hold the key to meet an urgent need for low-carbon solutions, with hydrogen being part of that response,” explained SBM Offshore general manager Francesco Prazzo.

Featured image courtesy of Monaco Yacht Club