Invited to the Positive Economy Forum by Jacques Attali, Victorien Erussard, Energy Observer’s President and Captain, came to share his experience alongside such personalities as the explorer Jean-Louis Etienne and the yachtsman Titouan Lamazou. During the round table, “On the importance of the sea for our survival: How to protect the oceans?”, they all shared their vision for the relations between mankind and the sea and its resources.
“The sea is a place of power since it is a place of exchanges,” said Jacques Attali, opening the session. The exchange between cultures, between peoples, but also between innovations. And there were indeed exchanges during this event: the sea as a place of discovery, the sea as the venue for competition, the sea as a source of energy… Before a full house, Victorien presented Energy Observer from its origins to the wide-ranging perspectives opened up by this “autonomous and pioneering Solar Impulse of the seas”.
In equivalent weight, we can stock 20 times more energy in hydrogen.
Is this the major issue of the 21st century? Producing hydrogen at a lower cost to bring about its deployment on a large scale and, most of all, in a carbon-free manner – that is to say, without using fossil fuels. Hydrogen is an excellent vector of energy, and was chosen for the boat to compensate for the intermittent action of renewable energies and, above all, it is produced on the boat itself, using a mix of solar, wind and marine current energies.
The aim is to test this energy architecture of the future in extreme conditions, with zero greenhouse gas emissions and fine particles, so that it can be applied on a wide scale. Victorien reminds us: “Producing hydrogen using sea water is an incredible symbol. And in the medium term, there’s a real future for these technologies, a future where they are multiplied and developed on land.” Energy Observer is not the only innovative vessel aimed at meeting these challenges.
The ocean is vital for mankind and for the climate.
Also taking part in this round table was the explorer, Jean-Louis Etienne, who presented his Polar Pod project, another vessel that is unique in its kind, a vertical vessel this time, which will set off to the southern oceans to measure the ocean’s capacity to absorb CO2, providing data that could overturn our current understanding of the future of the climate. Because the ocean plays a vital role in regulating the climate through its capacity to absorb heat and excess carbon dioxide.
For all, the situation prompts the same call to action! As the explorer-doctor underlined, the time has come to act: “When we speak about climate change, we can say that the Earth has a mini fever, a small temperature. But in medicine, we treat fever as soon as the first complications appear, and for the Earth the first complications are already here, and we need to act!“