Energy Observer, the first hydrogen vessel around the world that emits no greenhouse gases or fine particles, is continuing its Odyssey for the Future in Northern Europe. Led by Victorien Erussard, Captain and founder, and Jérôme Delafosse, Expedition leader and filmmaker, the ship will make her 37th stopover from 16th to 18th of May in Copenhagen, named Green Capital of Europe in 2014.
From the Port of Hamburg, Energy Observer sailed 250 miles to reach the port of Copenhagen this morning. After sailing up the Elbe and from Brunsbüttel, the ship entered the Kiel Canal to enter the Baltic Sea.
Equipped with its new wind propulsion wings, she was able to reach a speed of more than 10 knots (twice its average electrical speed) for an energy saving of nearly 50%.
Located in Ofelia Plads, a cultural space and iconic venue located on the port of Copenhagen, opposite the Danish Royal Opera House designed by architect Henning Larsen, Energy Observer is in the heart of the Danish capital.
Victorien Erussard, Captain and Founder of Energy Observer : Copenhagen’s stopover is important because it is a model city in terms of concrete initiatives for the ecological and energy transition. In addition, Denmark is a key player in the hydrogen revolution, which hosts the workshops of several leading manufacturers in the deployment of electrolysis solutions and decentralized and digitalized stations.
Energy Observer teams will be able to discover the initiatives implemented by this European green capital and meet those who are developing innovative and sustainable solutions for the planet. Denmark is now the crossroads of all the industrial players in the carbon-free hydrogen sector, as we will discover with Tejs Laustsen Jensen CEO Brintbranchen / Hydrogen Denmark.
In March 2017, the Danish government adopted a national action plan for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Danish capital has set itself the objective of carbon neutrality by 2025. To achieve its objectives, it has developed a whole network of green transport (natural gas buses, 400 km of cycle paths that even cover highways, taxes on vehicle purchases, etc.). It is also developing an education policy in which nature plays a predominant role (20% of nursery classes are located in the heart of the countryside).
A district of the city is also testing intelligent solutions (traffic light detection, connected bins, humidity sensors to rationalize the maintenance of green spaces…). Denmark began its energy transition in the 1980s. Today, nearly 50% of heating is produced from biomass (household waste). Tomorrow, about a hundred wind turbines should be built. A pilot hydrogen production project is still close to zero emissions. HyBalance, funded by the European Union, produces hydrogen on a large scale from wind turbines equipped with a hydroelectric power plant. In 10 years, CO2 emissions have dropped by 31%.
On the programme of this stopover
Energy Observer will allow the public to discover the ship and its technologies and will offer an educational exhibition with photographs, films, virtual reality… from 16th to 18th of May from 10am to 6pm*.
* the boat is visible but cannot be visited by the general public.