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  • Writer's pictureCamille Lopez

Tribune Côte d'Azur

The Tribune côte d'azur tells the story of our journey and our victory at the JCEM.

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HY-Plug navigates green waters

BLUETECH. The Côte d'Azur start-up won the 27th edition of the business start-up competition organized by Monaco's Jeune chambre économique.

" "To the well-born, value does not await the number of years" goes the maxim, and HY-Plug confirms it day after day. A consultancy firm specializing in energy transition, the ambitious young start-up, barely a year and a half old, is tackling a daunting task by supporting the maritime sector. A sector, like the automotive industry, in the throes of change - forced change, some would say, because time is running out... In 2016, according to Le Monde, there were 245,000km2 of dead zones in the oceans, with oxygen levels so low as to suffocate wildlife. The equivalent of a territory like the United Kingdom.

Focus on energy transition

Headed by Camille Lopez, the company is dedicated to helping yachts and pleasure boats find the offer best suited to their needs, through its consulting and research activities. Technology watch, market research and benchmarking on hydrogen and electric generators and motors, biofuels and bioethanols: these are the strengths of this nugget moored in Six-Fours-les-Plages (83). "We do the same thing for ports, but focus on mobile or fixed refueling stations. In addition to this user side, we also work for suppliers," assures the entrepreneur, who graduated from the International University of Monaco, and more specifically from its Yacht Club, where HY-Plug regularly visits to deliver, within the Belle Classe Academy, a three- to four-hour non-qualifying training course on the fundamentals of energy transition.

By acting as a link between the various players in the ecosystem, and thanks to its tailor-made offer, HY-Plug has become a trusted interface for players in the maritime sector. Selected to join the cross-border acceleration program

Marittimo Tech+, the startup participates in the Yachting Ventures incubation program. It has already signed several partnerships, including with the Port of Saint-Tropez, Hynova and Société Monégasque de l'Electricité et du Gaz (SMEG). "For the time being, we haven't yet had the time to prospect internationally. I'll be going to Dubai in March, then to Palma de Majorca and Portugal to meet potential customers", assures the captain with a well-thought-out navigation plan. After recruiting its first employee in early December as office manager, HY-Plug is due to welcome a business developer in February, before opening its Monegasque branch. "It will deal exclusively with yachting, while the French company will handle the port market," concludes Camille Lopez.


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