Posted on July 10 2019
THE LAUSANNE 2020 CAULDRON WILL BE A FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES
THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES LAUSANNE 2020 HAS ANNOUNCED THAT ITS OLYMPIC CAULDRON, THE CONSTRUCTION OF WHICH BEGAN ON 17 JUNE 2019, WILL BE POWERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES BY AN ECO-RESPONSIBLE FUEL.
Following the lighting ceremony in Athens, Greece, the Olympic flame will make its journey across Switzerland to light the Lausanne 2020 Olympic cauldron on 9 January 2020 during the Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne. For the first time in the history of the Games, and in line with Lausanne 2020’s commitment to sustainability, the Olympic cauldron will be powered by wood pellets. This will be the result of an unprecedented partnership between several organisations in the region which, together, are building a unique value chain from design to completion of the cauldron.
To start, Lignum Vaud, the regional action community of Lignum Swiss Wood Economy which brings together all the regional stakeholders from the wood sector, has led the design and manufacturing of the burner, the cauldron’s central element. A team of thermal engineers, mechanical engineers and mechanics has developed a new technology. This innovative system will make the flame fully autonomous for 24-hour cycles, which was the only guideline set by the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee. This means that the burner will not need any external power supply to operate and will be filled with pellets only once a day. And that is where its most distinctive feature lies: the only fuel used will be Swiss wood pellets, a first in the history of the Games, but also a sustainable solution and an opportunity to promote local knowledge and know-how.
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