Riding the waves in world’s toughest sailing race
The Vendée globe is regarded asthetoughestsailingeventinthe world. A round-the-world singlehanded yacht race that involves battling your way through some of the most inhospitable stretches of ocean,againsttheprevailingwinds. it’snowonderthis25,000nauticalmilecompetitioniscommonlyknown astheeverestofsailing-andsomething Saft is proud to be on board with. Our team has been working closelywithothercommercialpartnerstoensure‘BateaudesMétiers’, one of 29 monohull yachts taking partinthisyear’srace,isfittedout withtheverylatestinmarineinnovation. it includes groundbreaking structural designs, hydraulics and protectivesurfacestoovercomeany challenge,comehellorhighwater. Winninganeventlikethiscomesdown toexperienceandnaturaltalent,both of which skipper Arnaud Boissières hasinabundance.Theothersuccess factorisclevertechnology,something this18-meterimocaiscrammedfull of. There are satellite communicationssystemsthatprovidevoice,fax andhigh-speeddata;radarthatnot onlyenablesArnaudto‘see’inpoor visibility,butalsoprovidesaconstant look-outforanypotentiallydamaging floating objects, plus weather and navigationstationsprovidingreal-time informationwithpinpointaccuracy. Poweringthattechnologyisaset ofspecificallydesignedSaftbatteries, not only to withstand such extreme conditions, but also lightweight, without compromising on charge/ discharge times. We wish Arnaud everysuccess.
Starring role for energy storage
@demain_lefilm Afilmthatshowshowenergystorage iscombatingclimatechangehaswon a César Award, the French equivalent of an Oscar. Called Demain (Tomorrow), the film was named as bestdocumentaryandwasdirectedby MélanieLaurent,whomadeaname forherselfinHollywoodwithastarringroleinQuentinTarantino’smovie inglouriousBasterds. ThefilmfeaturesaSaftenergystorage system on La Réunion that makes solar energy a reliable part of the energy mix throughout the day and night – and shows the potential for sustainableenergy.
Director Mélanie Laurent (at the center) and her documentary team at Saft’s installation in La Réunion.