America's Cup Barcelona 2024

  • The Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup will be held in Barcelona in 2024 and has already begun to transform the facade of the Port Vell. The event will have a great economic impact, as well as a huge diffusion of the Barcelona brand, Catalonia and the Port. 
  • But, above all, it will leave the city and the Port with a cutting-edge "blue" legacy that combines technology and sustainability.

What is the America's Cup?

First the Olympic Games. Then a World Cup. And the third global sporting event with the greatest impact is the America's Cup. And in 2024 it will be in Barcelona.

The opening event of the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup will be held on August 22, 2024. It will be followed by the final preliminary race and the Louis Vuitton Cup, leading up to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup, which will start on October 12, 2024. Since June 2023, all the teams have been based in Barcelona and are training on the waters that will host the event.

The current defender of the America's Cup is Emirates Team New Zealand which, as the current holder of the Cup, is in charge of choosing the venue and organizing the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup.

The challenger teams are the british Ineos Britannia, the swiss Alinghi Red Bull Racing, the italian Luna Rossa Pirelli Prada Team, the american NYYC American Magic and the french Orient Express Racing Team.

The America's Cup in numbers

The positive impact of organizing the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup in Barcelona

A sustainable America's Cup

One of the Port of Barcelona's premises for hosting the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup was that all actions and the impact of the teams' operations should be as sustainable as possible. A specific tool, Guideline, was used to set out the requirements that the teams had to follow at their bases:

. Analysis of their carbon footprint to offset CO2 emissions.
. Installation of solar panels on at least 20% of the roof surface of the bases.
. Reuse of all possible materials used in previous America's Cups .
. Water treatment and oil separation
. Bioclimatic construction specifications

Hydrogen project

One of the technological impacts of the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup is directly related to Chase Zero, the competition's hydrogen-powered auxiliary boat. The Port of Barcelona set up a hydrogen supply point at the moll de les Drassanes - moll de Barcelona to service it. The installation was the first step on the road to boosting e-sports sailing and servicing sailboats using this alternative fuel.

The planned installation consisted of the following elements:

  • Hydrogen storage platform: semi-trailer vehicle with pressurized cylinders (200 bar) for hydrogen storage. The total storage volume is 27,000 liters. 
  • Hydrogen supplier: consisting of a hydrogen dispenser with hose and integrated control system.

During the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup, a hydrogen supply point will again be installed to serve 10 boats (one for each team, plus four for the organization).

The Port of Barcelona is already actively participating in several initiatives to promote the use of hydrogen as a green fuel. At the global level, it forms part of two working groups of the World Ports Climate Action Program on Onshore Power Supply (OPS) and new zero-emission propulsion fuels.

At the state level, it is a member of the Iniciativa Tecnológica Prioritaria the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and, lastly, it participates in the Taula de l’Hidrogen de Catalunya together with more than 150 companies and organizations.

Presentación del acuerdo entre la Copa América, la Generalitat de Catalunya y el Port para impulsar el uso del hidrógeno como combustible sostenible para la navegación, ante la presencia del Chase Zero.
Presentation of the agreement between the America's Cup, the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Port to promote the use of hydrogen as a sustainable fuel for sailing, in the presence of Chase Zero (Emirates Team New Zealand).
Location of America's Cup team bases and spectator areas