Developing a Racing Catamaran Powered by Hydrogen
Matthieu De Gennaro, Capgemini
Within its Research and Innovation Department, Capgemini Engineering has launched the SOGREEN project. Based on the case study linked to the regulations of the Energy category of the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, we are developing a racing catamaran propelled by a mix of energy sources: battery, solar panels, and hydrogen fuel cell. The objective is to master this hybrid propulsion system and to optimize it, particularly in the context of the demanding technical constraints imposed by the challenge.
To achieve this goal, we first built a model using Simulink® and Simscape™ libraries to provide a tool for sizing and simulating performance.
The control-command (the management of electrical power components and safety devices as well as the recording of sensor data) is carried out using a proprietary Capgemini Engineering component: the MUXlab.
Within the framework of a privileged partnership between MathWorks and Capgemini Engineering, we are developing libraries (MUXlink) and a methodology which make it possible to use models produced in Simulink directly within the MUXlab, after a simple conversion, without any lines of code.
Finally, the development and operation of the catamaran is an opportunity to develop and test a complete digital twin.
We raced our prototype in the 2021 Monaco Energy Boat Challenge and finished on the podium for our first participation.
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