10 September 2019 – A team of students from Rijeka University in Croatia have won first place in the prestigious Hydrocontest-X which was held in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland from 1 – 8 September.
The international student competition, which saw competitors from 12 universities around the world take part, is for students of engineering and architecture schools around the world with the objective to create eco-responsible boats boats of tomorrow.
The principle is simple: to go as fast as possible, for as long as possible, consuming as little energy as possible. Equipped with the same electric motor, teams have one year in which to use their imagination and come up with innovative solutions for the design of the best possible prototypes. The only limits: compulsory maximum dimensions (2.5m x 2.5m x 2m) and the energy supplied by a battery (7Ah).
Teams raced against one another in a real-life situation and the team from Rijeka took first place in the mass transport category (container vessels, tankers, bulk carriers) with a ballast of 200kg with their boat they designed and called “Torpedo MK2”. They also won first place in the energy efficiency category.
The contest is a platform where innovation in nautical and maritime energy efficiency is promoted by tomorrow’s engineers and architects. A springboard for new paths to be explored and exploited in improving the current state of play.