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The Journal des Entreprises

The Journal des Entreprises did us the honour of writing an article about HY-Plug and our founder Camille Lopez.

We would like to thank them sincerely for highlighting our company in the "Start up & Innovation" section.

You can read the article below about HY-Plug's move to the Principality of Monaco ⬇️

"HY-Plug drops anchor in Monaco

Two years after setting up HY-Plug, a consultancy specialising in the energy transition for the yachting industry, Var-based entrepreneur Camille Lopez is opening her first subsidiary in Monaco. For her, this is a major step towards conquering the world of yachting.

Camille Lopez, founder of the HY-Plug consultancy, is the kind of person who knows where she's going. After developing her small business in Six-Fours-les-Plages, France, mainly by assisting harbour managers with the ecological transition, she has just dropped anchor in Monaco to establish herself in the world of yachting. It's an essential move for the CEO, who sees it as "a vote of confidence to win over the yachting industry".

Taking off in yachting in Monaco

It's also a fitting return for the country that has already given her so much. In May 2021, she won two awards, the Special Yachting Award and the Special Sustainable Award, at the Mark Challenge in Monaco, a business plan competition organised by the University of Monaco. A month later, she won the 2021 edition of the Monaco Ocean Protection Challenge, even though she was still only a student. "That's when I convinced myself that I had to go for it," says the entrepreneur, who went on to win the government's top prize of €40,000 at the Jeune Chambre Économique de Monaco awards ceremony in December 2022. It was also in the Principality that Camille Lopez won the trust of her first customer, Smeg, the Monegasque electricity and gas company.

From the Principality, Camille Lopez intends to offer her studies to help engine manufacturers and yacht builders adopt environmentally-friendly solutions based on hydrogen, electric, bio-methanol and bio-fuel technologies. It will also continue to deliver its training course, dedicated to the fundamentals of the energy transition in the yachting world and run by the Yacht Club de Monaco.

Growing up fast

Two years after setting up her company, Camille Lopez intends to consolidate her fledgling business and, ultimately, "win contracts that will enable her to recruit (she has already taken on a trainee) and grow".

By offering services ranging from technology watch to analysis of the solutions available on the market, HY-Plug is helping its customers to achieve their energy transition. "We don't operate as business introducers. We analyse, advise and study, and put the right ideas together to contribute to the energy transition", explains the CEO, who relies on a daily technology watch, as well as a network of 1,000 experts and suppliers. In addition to Smeg, Camille Lopez already has several references. She helped Hynova, a local brand, to understand the regulations in force for their mobile hydrogen refuelling system in the form of compressed gas in ports. It carried out a market study of hydrogen-powered yacht projections, and proposed a range of refuelling energy solutions for the port of Saint-Tropez. She now hopes to land the first projects that will get the word out, and indirectly benefit her company. "It will be our best business card. She is also keeping a close eye on the energy transition in other countries around the world. "I won't hesitate to strengthen HY-Plug's presence outside France if we get requests."

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