Zero emissions debate video now available

The entire round table discussion on zero emissions is now available for you to view on YouTube. The debate, which brought together a group of some twenty journalists, was opened by Roger Caselles, the Director of Energy Efficiency for Schneider Electric and also included Pachi Rivero, an experienced ocean yachtsman, Jordi Barinaga, an engineer specialising in ocean sailing energy and electronics and Raymond Blancafort, a journalist with expertise in the motor vehicle sector.

News NOV 20, 2012 12:39

Journalist Victor Lavagnini moderated the debate, which explored the technological challenges facing “zero emissions” yachts and the possible impact on regattas such as the Vendée Globe and the Barcelona World Race. The debate also explored the possible social communications approaches and investment in research and development into clean energy systems. The fact that Bubi Sansò's Acciona 100% EcoPowered (a yacht with onboard energy systems in part developed by Jordi Barinaga, also sailed extensively by Pachi Rivero) is taking part in the Vendée Globe, and that Barcelona's Smart City Expo World Conference coincided with the debate provided the perfect frame within which to explore the key issues proposed for the round table. 

Journalists in attendance were Marta Cardona, Enric Curt, Kiku Cusí, Jacint Felip, Helena de la Gandara, Macarena Lainez, Pierre Orphanidis, Suso Pérez, Pancho Pi-Sunyer, Joan Porcar, Miquel Ribas, Enric Roselló, Santi Serrat, Jaume Solé and Nicolás de Terry. 

Here are the videos (in Spanish): 

Opening address by Roger Caselles of Schneider Electric 

Opening address given by Roger Caselles, Director of Energy Efficiency for Schneider Electric, a company also involved in Barcelona's Smart City Expo. Caselles gives a clear outline the Smart City concept and also goes into the technological developments being made in the sector. He outlines how they might be projected beyond the 'city' itself to be applied across different fields, with the main framework being research and development as variables, and their interconnection, integration and efficient management all playing a part in providing benefits for citizens, who in turn are the ones who make cities 'intelligent' through their participation in the process.

First issue of the debate: the technological challenge 

A presentation of the challenges being dealt with currently by zero emissions yachts such as Acciona 100% EcoPowered. Raymond Blancafort establishes the links with the development and production of electric cars. Jordi Barinaga and Pachi Rivero outline the different paths along which they have worked and some of the problems which they threw up: battery storage issues, electric shocks, finding a suitable working voltage, saltwater corrosion and the efficiency of solar panels and hydro generators.

Second issue of the debate: application to sailing 

An entirely electric yacht requires a level of extra training as well as implying a very different way of working for the skipper. Pachi Rivero compares the traditional system based on battery charge cycles to the controlled energy balance system, obligatory for a totally autonomous boat which is constantly charging. Issues such as changes to routings and the knock-on efficiency of saving fuel weight are also dealt with.

Third issue of the debate: the social challenge and projection into the future 

Here Raymond Blancafort explains the current communication strategies being employed by makers of electric and hybrid vehicles. There is analysis of impact of the Acciona 100% Ecopowered project thanks to its development. The current stage of development of the hydrogen battery and it's future were set out. The debate closes with comment on the awareness of the profound change implied by the electric yacht for the world of ocean sailing and for the races and rules of the IMOCA Class.