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Technical partnerships & sponsoring

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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.



Sustainable Innovation and Performance

Led by British skipper Phil Sharp, 36 years old, the Energy Challenge is a project centered on clean innovation and energy efficiency. A self-sufficient, CO2-free energy production and storage systems will be tested aboard the Class40 (12.19 meters long) race yacht in some of the world’s toughest offshore events. Phil aboard Imerys will also attempt to break some world records. In 2016, Phil Sharp brook the Channel crossing record with his Class40 boat. With his different technological partners Energy Challenge develops systems aiming at achieving a zero emission non-stop global circumnavigation by sail, uniquely demonstrating the performance advantages of clean technologies.


The Group brings its material sciences expertise contributing to the development of lithium-ion batteries (Graphite & Carbon division) to store the green energy produced on board. Imerys has also provided minerals for a non-slip coating (Fused minerals division) to cover the solar cells of the Class40 allowing Phil and his crew to move around on deck safely and with confidence at sea. 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.


2017 races programme
Transat Jacques Vabre - 5 - 30 November
Rolex Fastnet Race - 6 - 11 August - 2nd position
Les Sables - Horta - 2 -24 July - 2nd position
Normandy Channel Race - 14 - 21 May - 1st position
Grand Prix Guyader - 29 April - 2 May - 1st position


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.



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