Driving change with hydrogen power: our young talents take the lead

May 01, 2024

This past weekend, the team of Comet apprentices participated in the national car race for hydrogen-powered vehicles, the «6h de Fribourg», with their self-built model car. This race was the culmination of intensive preparation during which the apprentices applied a wide range of fundamental knowledge. Not only did they learn to collaborate to complete a complex technical project, but they also familiarized themselves with various technologies in the field of renewable energy. The six-hour race was the grand finale, with the team completing 254 laps, despite a major setback that happened at the beginning.

Unleashing talents, developing skills

Innovation and sustainability take center stage at the «6h de Fribourg» event, providing a unique platform for young talents to foster their STEAM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). The project challenges participants to design prototypes of hydrogen cars on a 1:10 scale. Upon receiving a hydrogen car kit, they assemble it according to construction process specific rules, and participate in a training course on renewable energies.

As a Gold Sponsor of the event, Comet is making a crucial contribution to the development of the next generation of talented innovators.

Bridging theory with practice

The event is part of the Horizon Hydrogen Grand Prix (H2GP), the world's largest hydrogen competition, combining theoretical learning with practical experiences. Throughout this program, the participants develop the creativity, ingenuity, and practical problem-solving skills necessary to address the energy challenges of the future. The Comet team is participating for the second time and has been classified into the higher category of H2GP - PRO.

Mastering the racetrack despite misfortune.

The 6-hour-race is the ultimate challenge for the self-built model car: the goal is to complete as many rounds as possible in the given time. Challenges such as navigating around the competition, pit-stops, and repairs lead to a demanding, but certainly interesting race.

Already in the first hour, our champions were faced with a major setback: One of the helpers at the race accidentally stepped on the Comet car, leading to an hour of in-depth repairs. But the team did not give up: Despite facing challenges, the team demonstrated exceptional problem-solving skills and unwavering determination. They never gave up on the race or their teammates, embodying our core values.

We are incredibly proud of our young talents!

 

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For the last 75 years, we have followed our curiosity. It is what drives us and has made Comet a trailblazing global Swiss technology company. Curiosity and a spirit of research have allowed us to become and stay innovative. For a better and sustainable world.

Join us with your curiosity.

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