A voyage with a planned duration of six years in which 101 ports of call in 50 different countries are visited is in itself a remarkable endeavour.
To make such a voyage in a vessel that does not need to refuel is totally futuristic. Yet Energy Observer: the first ever self-sufficient energy vessel, has started such a voyage.
Powered by hydrogen and other renewable energies, the former racing catamaran has now left Paris with her French crew on this epic adventure. Devoid of greenhouse gas or fine particle emissions. The 30.5-metre vessel is fi tted with 120 square metres of solar panels and two vertical axis wind turbines. Both are able to power the yachts twin electric motors and at the same time power the electrolyses unit, which produces hydrogen from sea water.
During daylight hours, Energy Observer will rely on solar and wind energy, switching to hydrogen power for night time navigation. In areas of steady winds, the yacht hopes to deploy a kite in much the same way, as has been used by the yacht Race for Water. Hydrogen (H) is the most abundant chemical element in the universe, and it is hoped that this voyage will demonstrate its immense potential as an energy source capable of recovering renewable energies for yachts in the future.
The yachts Captain, Victorien Erussarda, has said, “Our vision of the future consists in drawing our energy from nature, without damaging it, and without wasting it. This is the vision we wish to share throughout the planet with our innovative project.”