MOTRHYS at a glance

Purpose of a French startup active in hydro equipment real time monitoring,
Created in 2018,
Based in Grenoble,

I Lab 2018 , national high tech competition winner,

Winner of Open Innovation Competition 2019 by GE RENEWABLE, « Machine Learning and Algorithm » section.

Experts with more than 20 years of Hydro Power experience

MOTRHYS founders

Alain Lefebvre MOTRHYS CEO and co-founder

Alain LEFEBVRE CEO & co-founder

Alain has over 30 years’ experience in the management of high tech startups. Prior to starting MOTRHYS, Alain co-founded and led ACT750  until it was acquired by Lumata Group in 2012. ACT750 was a pioneer and a leader in churn & loyalty management solutions for the Telecommunication industry. Prior to co-founding ACT750, Alain was a co-founder of VoluBill SA where he grew the company from a start-up with seven employees to an international corporation of over 100 as well as raising €25M in fund-raising. Alain graduated from  the Institut d’Administration des Affaires in Grenoble.

Jean-Louis BALLESTER MOTRHYS executive vice president and co-founder

Jean-Louis BALLESTER Executive Vice President & Co-Founder


Jean Louis has over 35 years of experience in the hydroelectricity business. After joining EDF’s (Electricité de France) Research and Studies Department, Jean Louis Ballester spent his entire career in various engineering, design and testing positions in the EDF group. He is at the origin of a breakthrough innovation consisting of analyzing transient regimes in hydraulic power plants for the condition-based maintenance of these systems. This innovation led to the massive deployment of disturbance recording systems in mainland France and overseas departments. Jean Louis holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Energy from ORLEANS University.

Cornel IOANA MOTRHYS scientific advisor an co_founder

Cornel IOANA Scientific Advisor & Co-Founder

Cornel is Associate Professor at the Grenoble INP GIPSA lab where he led the research on the Phase Diagram Analysis innovation which is used in Motrhys pressure transient monitoring solution. Cornel holds an MSc and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Brest University. Cornel has published more than 40 scientific papers in the IEEE leading magazine and more than 45 research reports in the context of the industrial collaboration.