OceansLab launches its Cleantech Hub

Sustainable sports management company OceansLab has launched a new Cleantech Hub, with Brétéché, Groupe Mousset-JeTransporte and Groupe Clisson as its first members.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the teams at Brétéché, Groupe Mousset-Jetransporte and Groupe Clisson on this exciting and innovative project which, we are hoping will transform the global clean technology landscape in the maritime industry, and beyond,” says Phil Sharp, CEO and skipper of OceansLab – the company’s 60-foot foiling IMOCA race boat.

OceansLab employs what is said to be a highly resilient, scalable clean energy solution through the integration of multiple forms of complimentary energy capture and storage technologies which will be demonstrated in high profile events of the IMOCA Globe Series, including the Vendée Globe and The Ocean Race.

Sharp adds: “Our zero emissions flagship IMOCA will be the only non-polluting yacht competing in the IMOCA Globe Series. The different forms of complimentary energy capture and storage technologies include a hydrogen fuel cell, green hydrogen, solar power, wind power, hy-dro power and lithium batteries, providing a highly resilient and scalable clean energy so-lution now and in the future.”

Through its four-year zero emissions ocean racing campaign, and with support from its Cleantech Hub Members, OceansLab says it is looking to uphold the UN Sustainable Development Goals of quality education, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, responsible consumption and production, climate action, and life below water, by recognising that action in one area will affect outcomes in others.

Eric Hidier, CEO of Brétéché, a prominent fuel distributor operating in six French departments, comments: “Together, we’re sailing towards a cleaner, more sustainable and more exciting future. The shared values between our company and sailing, such as innovation, agility, exper-tise and the pursuit of excellence, form the basis of this strong partnership with OceansLab.

“Our partnership goes beyond competition and performance, it’s about demonstrating that environmentally-friendly energy alternatives are not only possible, but also beneficial to the planet. Following months of studies and research, we are convinced that the future will be written with green hydrogen, an ecological and economical energy source.”

Sharps adds: “We are all in the same race against climate change and by developing initiatives like this and working together, we will improve climate resilience.”

Main image: Phil Sharp, CEO and skipper of OceansLab with Eric Hidier, CEO of Brétéché.

Image credit: OceansLab/Black Pepper Yachts.

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