What is the Worldwide Innovation Challenge?

On 18 April 2013, the President of the Republic set up the Innovation Commission 2030, presided over by Anne Lauvergeon, under the auspices of the Ministry of Productive Recovery and the delegated ministry in charge of Small and Medium Sized, Innovation and Digital Economy Enterprises. This Commission looked at the main world issues for 2030 and identified a limited number of major opportunities with particularly strong potential for the French economy. As a result of this work, 7 ambitions relying on strong social expectations and growth sectors came to light including one concerning developing marine wealth: metals and desalination of seawater. This perspective inspired the State to set up the Worldwide Innovation Challenge. It aims to allow entrepreneurs to specify their innovation project presenting particularly strong potential for the French economy, supporting each stage of its development: maturing the project, phase to remove risks, industrialisation to put it on the market. The first 110 winners of the Worldwide Innovation Challenge were received at the Elysée Palace on Wednesday 23 July 2014.

What is our project? Our project is entitled "MESSIDOR; A CHALLENGE: DETECTING SULPHIDE DEPOSITS". The MESSIDOR project, acronym for "Magnetic Explorers for Systematic Sulphide Investigations on Deep Ocean Ridges", is looking into detecting sulphide deposits that are geological objects rich in metals, small-sized (surface area of a few hectares) and located under 2000m of water on average. To date, there is no efficient exploration method for deep oceanic fields to locate potential mining deposits dispersed over vast surface areas. MESSIDOR aims to develop a fleet of light single-sensor underwater drones for large sea-beds using the specific magnetic signature of sulphide deposits to detect them. This development involves a technical and economic feasibility study, included in the WIC initiation phase, aiming to rule out technical, economic and methodological difficulties. The project is managed by CREOCEAN and two partners, the Paris Globe Physics Institute (IPGP) and CADDEN.

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