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07/03/2016

HYDROS WINS UIM 2015 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

The Union Internationale Motonautique (International Powerboat Association - UIM) has awarded the 2015 UIM Environmental Award to the efficient HY-41 hybrid prototype powerboat with retractable foils developed by the Swiss engineering firm Hydros Innovation. It also gave its Environmental Benefit 2015 Special Mention to the Hydrocontest, the Hydros Foundation's annual challenge to create a faster, more energy-efficient motor boat.

Hydros is an ambitious Swiss programme that is developing ‘aero-hydro’ technologies to reduce energy consumption in industry, energy production, sailing and other forms of maritime transport. Lombard Odier has supported Hydros since it was formed in 2010. After breaking all speed records with Hydros.ch - flying catamaran, which pioneered new hydrofoil (or flying) yacht technologies -  the engineers and sailors at Hydros are driven by a quest to find sustainable maritime transport solutions.

The seventh UIM Awards Giving Gala was held on 5 March, 2016 at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, in the presence of H.S.H The Prince Albert II of Monaco and the international speedboat racing community. The awards single out the best nautical projects with an environmental focus each year.

“The annual UIM Awards Giving Gala is a great opportunity for the Powerboating Community to celebrate its legends and champions that are our everyday source of inspiration. The HY-41 and the Hydrocontest are the reflection of the values we hold and are a fantastic demonstration of how you can raise awareness about these planetary challenges, while leading towards efficient industrial applications,” said Raffaele Chiulli, President of the UIM.

HY-41 : the energy-efficient yachting of the future
A concentrated distillation of both technology and know-how, the HY-41 was conceived as the spearhead for environmentally friendly yachting, with the aim of reducing the pollution from pleasure boats without impairing their performance. This project earned plaudits from the UIM, which is itself working for a more efficient and sustainable future for speedboat racing, one in which sporting prowess and the preservation of the natural environment go hand in hand. With its retractable foils and customisable transmission system, the HY-41's fuel consumption can be reduced by at least 30 per cent, while navigating more speedily, flexibly and with greater comfort.

Hydrocontest: innovation in response to the challenges of the nautical and maritime sectors
Today, 90% of trade is done by sea, making it the fifth most important cause of pollution in the world. The Hydros Foundation took this as its starting point when setting up the Hydrocontest, an international competition to address a problem that, while simple, calls for a great deal of ambition in tackling it: the need to put technological innovation at the service of energy efficiency when designing the boats of the future. The UIM has honoured the Hydrocontest for its "environmental benefit" in seeking to encourage thinking about development in this sector, which has such a substantial impact on the environment. In 2016, for the third year in succession, the Hydrocontest and its 250 participants from twelve different countries will unveil the latest innovations they have developed. The event takes place in Lausanne between 24 and 31 July 2016.

 

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