KCT Students to Compete in Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2024

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A team of 12 students from Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) Coimbatore are all set to travel to Monaco in Europe to take part in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2024 –a one-of-a-kind motor boating event dedicated to promoting a sustainable future through alternative energy sources. This event aims to stimulate the creativity of tomorrow’s engineers and the industry to develop propulsion methods using clean energy. Named as Sea Sakthi, the team from KCT is gearing up to participate in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge (MEBC) 2024 for the third consecutive year, as the only team from India. 

The boat race is set for July first week and the KCT team comprising of students from various engineering streams is one among the 21 teams across the world to take part in the race in the energy class. The challenge in the energy class is to design boat's cockpit and the most efficient and durable propulsion system using renewable alternative energy sources. The team has designed their boat from scratch to suit their requirement and named it Yali 3.0  A fully autonomous boat equipped with custom-built propulsion system, featuring twin propulsion each with the capacity of 6.5 KW, Yali 3.0 demonstrates their commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation.

The team has developed and indigenously built 10 KW Lithium Ferro Phosphate Battery Pack and the cockpit embracing sustainability using pineapple fibre and upcycled plastic fibre to highlight the ecofriendly approach. The boat's design and features reflect the team's commitment to pushing the boundaries of energy-efficient marine technology. While this is the third time that the team is going to participate in the race, the boat has undergone significant improvements. 


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