Team Sea Sakthi from Kumaraguru College of Technology-Coimbatore, the only Indian team to compete at the11th edition of the prestigious Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2024 in Monaco, Europe won 3 prizes this year - Design, Innovation and Communication and made India proud at the grand stage. 

The challenge was held between July 1st and 6th and it concluded with the award presentation ceremony recently. Team Sea Sakthi along with key officials from Kumaraguru Institutions including Shankar Vanavarayar, the Joint Correspondent received the prizes. 

The Team comprises of engineering students from Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore. They built a very unique carbon-free yacht called Yali 3.0, a few months ago in Kumaraguru College of Technology's KCT GARAGE. It took two months to design and build this boat, which runs on a 10 KW lithium ferro phosphate battery pack developed by the team.

The propulsion system features twin propulsion (each 6.5 KW), which was custom-made. The cockpit is also novel, as it was made using pineapple fibers and carbon fiber by the team to reduce weight and provide strength. Team Sea Sakthi competed with 21 other international teams, including a team from the University of Cambridge. 

Members of the team, Roshan and Hemalatha while speaking to premier Indian news agency ANI said they are excited about the victory in 3 categories and they will come back stronger next year. They even urged other Indian colleges to take part in this energy boat challenge that is a platform to showcase carbon-free water transport technologies. 

It must be mentioned that the team has received the Communication Prize thrice so far. An Indian team qualifying for the challenge not once but thrice and winning prizes every time it competed is a matter of pride for Coimbatore and everyone in India.