Rowing coach’s electric boat cleans water as it moves

Neptuneo boat also cleans water
The prototype Neptunéo, showed its capabilities on the Saône in front of the Fourvière basilica in Lyon

Seen nipping up and down the River Saône in Lyon, the Neptunéo electric catamaran owes its origins to a long-standing problem... but can prevent others for the future.

It is the brainchild of former professional rowing coach Olivier Gouraud, who spent much of his career on safety boats accompanying rowing teams as they train and race.

Safety boats have room for only four people, but a full rowing crew is nine, so they are ineffective if the whole team are involved – especially in a cold river where survival time is just two minutes.

Even worse, they capsize ...

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