Energy Observer dropped anchor in the Principality of Monaco from the 14th to the 21st of December 2017, after navigating more than 4000 miles. The first hydrogen vessel around the world received onboard H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Bertrand Piccard, president of the Solar Impulse Foundation.
Monegasques were able to discover Energy Observer and his traveling interactive village set up Quai Antoine Ier, during the Odyssey for the Future’s last stopover of the Tour de France.
Supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, this very last stop of the vessel’s route is in line with its strong involvement in innovative projects for the planet.
On the occasion of this last navigation of 2017, Victorien Erussard, Energy Observer’s Captain and President, and Jérôme Delafosse, expedition leader, wished to invite H.S.H. Prince Albert II, in order to pay tribute to his support of numerous ambitious environmental projects, especially those promoting non-polluting energy efficiency. Next to him stood Bertrand Piccard, president of the Solar Impulse Foundation, who launched the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions during COP23. A meeting that will be available in the upcoming edition of Paris Match.
Same way we supported Solar Impulse, it was important for us to welcome Energy Observer in Monaco. More than just a vessel with revolutionary technologies, I discovered a real-life symbol that should inspire Monaco, and the world. It is essential to show that solutions already exist, like Energy Observer or the World Alliance launched by Bertrand Piccard. I am proud to know that Monaco is one of the common denominators between these two amazing projects.
Mediterranean Tour starting March 2018
This navigation unfolded on the eve of the last day of the interactive traveling village, an exhibit open to the general public, before the boat goes into construction during the winter, allowing for a first assessment of the vessel’s real-life tests and optimize the embarked technologies.
We are rather satisfied with the vessel’s performances and its behavior at sea. We got familiarized with its functioning and balancing points between energies. The energy mix is essential to ensure the production of energy sufficient for the electric propulsion and the hydrogen production, through seawater electrolysis. Solar and wind powers were our principal allies in this. However we witnessed a drop in solar-powered energy production because of the seasonal changes. The construction on the boat will be the right occasion to optimize our system and ensure the best performances for our Tour of the Mediterranean in 2018, expected to start in March
Indeed, the Energy Observer Team will also start preparing the first international stopovers around the Mediterranean basin, allowing the meeting with local actors involved in the energy transition.
Energy Observer is about to sail on the legendary Mediterranean Sea, to go looking for innovative solutions for the planet, from Northern Africa’s coasts to the Middle-East and the European shores. Through these deeply human meetings, we will touch various subjects: the energy transition, biodiversity, circular economy, mobility… major stakes for this mutating region of the world.
It’s no longer a question of years before transportations are clean and green. Technologies already allow it. The challenge now is to change regulations and mindsets.