A container like no other arrived this week in Monaco harbour. It was developed by the Monaco Fire Brigade, in partnership with the SULITEC Group, based in Isère. This Alternative Energy Vehicle Treatment Unit, designed on the basis of a maritime container, can allow firefighters to intervene in the event of fire on hybrid or electric vehicles, such as the F1s and Formula Es which liven up the streets of the Principality every year, but also electric scooters and all sorts of hybrid or electric vehicles which are more numerous than ever in our streets !
“Once the fire is out, we can cover the vehicle with a special blanket, then bring it back into the container by pulling it using a winch, and constantly monitor the temperature of the batteries, while preventing fumes of toxic gas from spreading into the atmosphere”, Lieutenant-Colonel Maxime Yvrard, of the Monaco Fire Department, explained to Monaco Info, emphasizing the interior equipment of this container, capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1,100°C.
French group SULITEC is specialized in manufacturing high temperature insulation, mechanical construction and training, with the main objective of protecting people, from product design to on-site assembly. Its SULITEC Insulating Composites branch specializes in the development of thermal insulation intended for niche markets, to compensate for the gradual disappearance of ceramics and asbestos, and to generate energy savings in industrial processes. SULITEC exclusively uses bio-soluble and unclassified fibres. It transforms fibers and technical fabrics into textile complexes and composites. More than 20% of its turnover is devoted to Research & Development.