Noticias del Proyecto Hydros

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Press release – HYDROS


The Hydros project – participation in the Little America’s Cup 2013, speed records with l’Hydroptè, and the Défi des Grandes Ecoles – goes from strength to strength.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – Since it was unveiled last month, the Hydros project has been advancing at full tilt. Consisting of three distinct parts, and now 100% Swiss, Hydros aims to show that the energy placed at our disposal by the natural elements can be multiplied by efficiently using technology. This in turn reduces energy consumption and, in the long run, will lead to the development of universal applications.

In 2013, Hydros will compete for the Little America’s Cup on board a revolutionary new yacht, construction on which will begin in the next few days at the Décision SA shipyard. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, this 7.6m-long catamaran will be the first yacht built using thin ply technology (TPT), a technology developed in Switzerland that allows engineers to optimize the use of composite materials. The yacht’s skipper, a renowned figure in the world of international competitive sailing, will be announced at the end of the summer break, while the selection procedure for the second yacht will be announced shortly.

Over the last two months, l’Hydroptè has undergone numerous tests to build on the technological developments conceived this past winter. “The results are extremely impressive,” says Jérémie Lagarrigue, who heads up the Hydros project. “The yacht has become faster and more versatile. There is no doubt that, weather permitting, it has the potential to beat the main records set on Lake Geneva.”

For its part, the Défi des Grandes Ecoles aims to encourage university students to develop motorized boats equipped with wing sails, which use only a fraction of the energy required to power traditional hulls. Preparatory work for the competition is underway; the detailed concept will be revealed in the fall.

Hydros has been made possible by the support of its main sponsor, the firm of private bankers Lombard Odier & Cie, whose year of foundation – 1796 – is printed on l’Hydroptè’s mainsail. “The problems of energy supply have always been at the heart of our preoccupations, explains Thierry Lombard, Managing Partner of Lombard Odier & Cie, who conceived and originated the Hydros project. “Hydros allows us to explore different aspects of this problem, to enhance our knowledge, and to develop innovative new technologies while perpetuating a pioneering spirit. The three parts of the Hydros project form an organic whole, and the energy and commitment displayed by the entire team based at the Ecublens scientific center are second to none.”

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) is Hydros’s technical partner. The project is also proudly supported by Météo Suisse, MarinePool, HBM, Lancelin, Julbo Eyewear, Karver, and Numeca International.

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