Carry More, Faster, Using Less Energy is the very commendable concept of the HydroContest competition, organised annually by the Hydros Foundation www.hydros.ch/en/hydros-foundation/foundation.html, a not-for-profit public-interest organisation fostering maritime efficiency.
Regular readers will know that Solar Solve Marine were approached by Southampton Hydro Team, a group of students from the Universities of Southampton and Southampton Solent who were participating in the HydroContest, for sponsorship, which we were happy to provide especially to such a worthwhile venture.
The competition was held during the first week of September in Saint Tropez, France, when 28 teams from 15 countries competed against each other. We were delighted when the Southampton Hydro Team won the long distance race and everybody at Solar Solve is proud to be associated with such a great achievement. We send everyone who was involved, our hearty congratulations.
The younger generation especially, are all acutely aware that radical changes have to be made to the way the world population makes use of the available resources to create the energy needed to enable our existence and our current quality of life. They know we are going to have to change our lifestyle though if we want to avoid the after effects of continuing to live the way we do now.
The only sensible way forward is to stop using non-renewable energy sources; put even more effort into utilising renewable energy sources and continue research and development into maximising the conversion of renewable energy into actual useful energy.
The Hydros Foundation is an accredited non-profit, public-interest organisation. Its aim is to encourage technological innovation to meet the energy and environmental challenges facing the nautical and maritime industry and to raise the awareness of these issues among professionals, students, opinion leaders and the general public.
It is a huge challenge and we are pleased to be associated with it.
For information about the Southampton Hydro Team visit www.southamptonhydroteam.co.uk
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