Energy Observer, the first hydrogen vessel around the world with no greenhouse gas emissions or fine particles, arrived in Hamburg for the 36th stopover of its Odyssey in Northern Europe. The catamaran will be moored near the impressive Elbe philharmonic building built from the 26thof April to the 5thof May and will take part, from the 10th to the 12thof May 2019, in the Hamburg Port Anniversary which will celebrate several centuries of intense activities. Led by Victorien Erussard, Founder and captain, and Jérôme Delafosse, Expedition leader, the vessel was hosted by the City of Hamburg, HafenCity and the Consulate General of France in Hamburg.
“Energy Observer contributes to the future issues of climate change and energy transformation and is therefore, a further important impetus for both local and international cooperation in the context of HafenCity and port development in Hamburg”. Prof. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
Just equipped with a revolutionary new technological brick, Energy Observer has unveiled a brand new face for its arrival in Hamburg.
Operating thanks to a mix of renewable energies coupled with a system for producing carbon-free hydrogen from seawater, Energy Observer has integrated two Oceanwings® propulsion wings from VPLP Design. Rotating, self-propelled and 100% automated, they will reduce the vessel’s energy consumption, accelerate its speed but above all produce energy and hydrogen while sailing.
“I am very satisfied with the first assessment of this navigation between Amsterdam and Hamburg. The system of our Oceanwings is an excellent one that allows us to go faster and use less energy. A new challenge will be to work on the hydrogenation part: i.e. the production of energy obtained thanks to the rotation of the propellers.” Victorien Erussard, Founder and captain of Energy Observer
Due to its high pollution, Hamburg also became the first German city to partially ban diesel engines from its city centre last May.
HafenCity is Europe’s largest inner-city urban development project. On an area of 157 ha around 7.500 residential units and 45,000 job opportunities are being realized. Initiatives target ecological sustainability on many levels, including a stringent certification system for buildings and low-emission heating supply. HafenCity, as a fine-grained, mixed “city of short distances”, is also pursuing a smart, sustainable mobility concept. The new U4 subway, a hydrogen-powered bus fleet, a well-developed cycling network, as well as planned car pool solutions and electromobility, are creating a new mobility culture combining individual freedom of choice with ambitious ecological goals.
It should also be recalled that the aeronautics and rail industries (including the first hydrogen train developed by Alstom) are very present in this particularly dynamic region in terms of energy transition!
On the programme of this stopover, the Energy Observer exhibition village will allow the public to discover the boat, its technologies and its Odyssey for the future from the 26thof April to the 5thof May from 10am to 7pm*.
The vessel will go on film with its crews on board for a few days from the 6thto the 9thof May, to take underwater pictures at the entrance to the Baltic Sea, but also to shoot subjects in Germany related to the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations, of which he is the first French ambassador: waste management, wind energy, solar electric boat solutions or subjects on UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: Schaalsee and Spreewald.
“Hamburg is an important stopover for us. Germany, the world’s 4th largest power, is already engaged in strong civic and political initiatives in support of the energy transition. We are very interested in deciphering all the complexity and balances of this transition, but also the solutions proposed by the city of Hamburg, which is deploying intelligent and digitized management systems.” Jérôme Delafosse, Expedition leader
Back on the 9thof May, Energy Observer will participate in the exceptional parade organized by the port to celebrate its 830th anniversary! Hafengeburtstag (the anniversary of the harbor, which welcomes more than a million visitors) takes place this year from the 10thto the 12thof May. The opportunity for the boat to sail alongside sailboats, cruise ships, tugboats, but also to admire tall ships such as the Russian Kruzenshtern, Sedov and Mir or the German three-masted Alexander von Humboldt.
“While stopping over in Hamburg, Energy Observer was right to bet! Because Hamburg still breathes the spirit of the Paris agreements on climate and the protection of the planet of 2015. Here you will find women and men who are determined to combine political responsibility, technological progress, industry and social change. They are good partners for France. And this initiative, which presents in a concrete way an example of an energy transition, embodied by civil society personalities recognized in their field (a sports navigator and an explorer), is a perfect demonstrator of French technological excellence.” Mr Laurent Toulouse, General Consulate of France in Hamburg
” Energy Observer is an extremely exciting and professional project. I am very pleased that this Ship is making a stopover in Hamburg on his odyssey around the world. Already today, the tomorrow’s possible energy use is being tested on the catamaran. Something like this is somewhat we urgently need in order to handle the climate change and move away from fossil fuels. In Hamburg, we are working on intelligent energy solutions with the NEW4.0 project and the transition of the district heating supply, but also with the gas and electricity network companies. I’m curious to see the technologies and the project tomorrow on the ship.” Jens Kerstan, Senator for Environment and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Address of the boat and the exhibition village: Magellan-Terrassen Großer Grasbrook 20457 Hamburg
Village Information: free admission, open from the 26thof April to the 5thof May from 10am to 7pm.
*Note: the boat is visible but cannot be visited by the general public.