Registration is now open for the HYDROcontest 2015
Thursday, 01 January 2015

Registration is now open for the HYDROcontest 2015


Registration is open for the second HYDROcontest, the unique international competition for students, which tackles the issues linked to energy efficiency in maritime transport. 


"To go faster and further, using less energy"

As 90% of the commercial goods trade is carried out by sea, maritime transport presents key economic and environmental challenges. Although ships are still the most environmentally sound means of transport in terms of CO2 emitted by transported tonne, they are nonetheless the fifth largest source of global pollution. With shipping fleets constantly growing, the energy efficiency of these boats is an issue that is central and crucial to the growth of this industry.


The HYDROcontest is a globally unique platform that bridges the gap between engineers and experts in the field. The aim is to raise the awareness among tomorrow's engineers and architects of the need to design efficient nautical technologies, which can also be applied in industry. Another goal of this amazing idea incubator is to allow the most promising projects to be realised and developed into specific applications that improve the energy balance of maritime transport.


The Hydros Foundation, which organises the event, is inviting engineering and architecture students from all round the world to design, construct and pilot the most efficient boat possible. Each team receives an identical electric motor and battery. The only restriction on the development of these remote control boats is that they must be no larger than 2.50 x 2.50 x 2.00m. This forces students to explore highly innovative solutions. The different prototypes will be pitted against each other in July 2015 in an event that is open to the public. The boats will be launched from the shores of Lake Geneva, in Switzerland.


The first HYDROcontest, patroned by the astronaut Claudie Haigneré, was a great success, bringing together more than 120 students from all four corners of the globe to compete in Lausanne. Hydros Foundation's event, a veritable breeding ground for talent, is likely to offer even more innovation, technology and knowledge-sharing.


Teams wishing to take on this extraordinary futuristic challenge have until 15 March 2015 to apply.