Socomec innovations serving a greener Dakar
As part of a wider energy transition and commitment to pushing performance levels to new limits, the organiser of the world-famous Dakar Rally – the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) – has taken a decisive step towards its goal of running a zero-carbon emission event.
Driving innovation in greener solutions
For the first time, part of the main Dakar bivouac has been powered by an innovative mobile energy production and storage system to limit the reliance on generators and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The bivouac – a working camp – is a controlled and secure closed area for private use as part of the Dakar Rally. Accessed only with special permission, up to 3000 people gather at the hub daily, including competitors and their support crews, organisers, officials, medical teams, media, partners and guests.
Main energy contractor, GCK-Energy, has rolled out the new, greener energy solution which has been designed by Socomec. Deployed within the Neom bivouac, the press centre, TV wall and participants’ reception were all powered by solar energy produced and stored on site during 3 days of activity between 11th and 14th January.
Zero-emissions – the responsible alternative
A major innovation in the reduction of carbon emissions, the solution includes Socomec’s SUNSYS Mobile – an electricity storage solution equipped with lithium-ion batteries from IBS. This zero-emission, all-terrain system is ultra-mobile and has been designed to be a responsible alternative to noisy and polluting generators and is suitable for any event, site or building looking for a clean, silent and robust temporary energy supply solution.
Ivan Steyert, CEO of Socomec explains: "Mobile electricity storage is a major innovation that we have been working on for many years through our partnership with IBS. Following the success of the E'Car pilot project in 2019, we are now able to offer our customers a unique, industrialised solution for supplying temporary loads without carbon emissions. Socomec is very proud to put its expertise at the service of GCK Energy, which is committed to providing green power solutions, particularly in the context of tomorrow's motor sport."
The motor racing of tomorrow
As well as supporting temporary infrastructures such as the Dakar bivouac, this pioneering installation has the potential to be used more widely at future rallies. Furthermore, the technology designed by Socomec is ideally suited for the specific constraints that are inherent within the motor sport industry. For instance, the GCK e-Blast 1 – an electric rally-cross vehicle – can be recharged with solar energy in the middle of the desert thanks to the technological support of Socomec and the batteries designed by IBS. This initiative, sponsored by Socomec, is another step towards greener and more environmentally responsible motor racing.