Technical partnerships & sponsoring
Imerys supports the Energy Challenge project and associates its name to Ocean Racing
Imerys has partnered with a unique ocean racing project, the Energy Challenge. This project embodies Imerys’ constant pursuit of excellence in terms of responsible innovation, performance and human adventures, and the Energy Challenge is in alignment with our commitments to both the environment and education.
Sustainable Innovation and Performance
Led by British skipper Phil Sharp, 35 years old, the Energy Challenge is a project centered on innovation and energy efficiency. A self-sufficient, CO2-free energy system will be tested aboard the Class 40 race yacht in some of the world’s toughest offshore events in 2016. Phil aboard Imerys will also attempt to break some world records and to achieve a zero emission non-stop global circumnavigation by sail, uniquely demonstrating the performance advantages of clean technologies. Imerys Graphite & Carbon is working closely with the Energy Challenge project team through the development of lithium-ion batteries. The Roofing division has equipped the boat with solar panels. Our colleagues’ expertise is contributing to develop the greenest, high performing and reliable energy system of its generation. In partnership with the Imperial College London, the Energy Futures Lab, and others, additional modules will be created.
An Educational Experience
The project also has an educational dimension. Sailing is an excellent platform to learn the basics of aerodynamics and physics. The Energy Challenge has established workshops enabling young people to explore these subjects, inspiring young learners into technological subjects.
Transat Jacques Vabre - 5 - 30 November
Rolex Fastnet Race - 6 - 11 August
Les Sables - Horta - 2 -24 July
Normandy Channel Race - 14 - 21 May
Grand Prix Guyader - 29 April - 2 May
Phil Sharp, racing aboard Imerys, wins the 2017 Class’40 European Trophy
Winner of both the Grand Prix Guyader and the Normandy Channel Race, and second in the Sables-Horta and Rolex Fastnet Race, Phil Sharp racing aboard Imerys achieves victory in the Class40 European Trophy.