Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic cauldron to be fueled with pellets

By Erin Voegele | August 28, 2019

The Olympic cauldron for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, will be fueled with domestically produced wood pellets, according to information released by the organizing committee of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in July.

Construction of the Olympic cauldron began in June. The Olympic flame will make its journey across Switzerland to light the cauldron on Jan. 9, 2020 during the opening ceremony of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic games in Lausanne.

According to information released by the organizing committee, this will be the first time in the history of the games that the Olympic cauldron will be powered by wood pellets.

Lignum Vaud, the regional action community of Lignum Swiss wood economy, has led the design and manufacturing of the burner, the cauldron’s central element. Information released by the organizing committee indicates a term of thermal engineers, mechanical engineers and mechanics has developed a new technology for the project. The innovative system will make the flame fully autonomous for 24-hour cycles. That means the burner will not need any external power supply to operate and will only be filled with pellets once a day. The committee noted the cauldron itself was designed by a class of ECAL industrial design bachelor’s students.  

Additional information is available on the Lausanne 2020 website