The whole Energy Observer team wishes you a great 2018, full of joy, success, new adventures and above all solutions for a better future!
2017 was an amazing year for Energy Observer: it was the beginning of our Odyssey to prove that solutions exist. Through our journey and our encounters, we have noticed growing interest in our project from the public, businesses and communities, but especially in the deployment of hydrogen and renewable energies as solutions for a cleaner future. While the team is actively prepares for the 2018 Odyssey, this is an opportunity for us to look back at the highlights of the past year, from the Saint-Malo shipyard to the Principality of Monaco!
January 11, 2017: Press Conference for the Launch
Victorien Erussard, Captain and Founder of Energy Observer, and Jérôme Delafosse, Expedition Leader, present the vessel during a press conference at UNESCO, support by Nicolas Hulot, Minister of State and Energy Observer Ambassador and Florence Lambert, CEO of CEA-Liten and Energy Observer Ambassador.
February – March 2017: Finalizing a Large-scale Project
After three years dedicated to designing the boat’s energy architecture and technical adjustments, the team finished the large-scale with painstaking tasks, the attachment of the trampolines and the electrical connection of 130m2 solar panels done by our partner Ocam.
April 2017: Exceptional Nighttime Voyage
The Energy Observer’s team has a big surprise for the people of St. Malo: in just one night the vessel is placed on the Saint-Vincent Esplanade for 10 days of one-of-a-kind exhibition.
Relive this exceptional trip through video.
April 14, 2017: Launch
Energy Observer is officially launched in front of the people of Saint-Malo, the whole team and its partners, and it took place only 20 minutes after the birth of Georges, Victorien’s second son.
Rewatch the video of Energy Observer’s launch.
June 2017: First Tests at Sea
For several days, the team marvels at seeing the boat in the Bay of Saint-Malo where a whole series of tests and calibrations, in the company of engineers from CEA-Liten, will be carried out before the big departure.
Late June 2017: Leaving Saint-Malo
After several tests at sea, Energy Observer is finally ready to leave for the first port of call on the French Tour, Paris!
July 4, 2017: Arrival in Paris
After a week of navigation, Energy Observer arrives in Paris, its first stop on its French Tour and its Odyssey for the next 6 years, including 50 countries and 101 ports of call.
July 6, 2017: Republican Christening of Energy Observer
Thirty-four years after its construction in Canada under the name Formule Tag, the ship was officially reborn as Energy Observer on July 6, 2017 during its Republican christening in Paris in the presence of Nicolas Hulot, State Minister and Energy Observer Ambassador, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, Florence Lambert, Managing Director of CEA-Liten and Energy Observer Ambassador and Bertrand Piccard president of the Solar Impulse Foundation. During this event, Bertrand Piccard has offered to the team the magnetic compass used by the the Solar Impulse during its world tour.
August 25, 2017: Navigation with Prime Minister Édouard Philippe
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe boards the Energy Observer during a trip to Brittany alongside Nicolas Hulot, Minister of State and Energy Observer Ambassador. An hour behind closed doors with the crew and CEA-Liten engineers to discover the potential of hydrogen as the energy of the future!
August – October: Atlantic Ports of Call
After its first tenth days stopover in Paris, with 7 500 visitors, there are 7 stopovers to meet the actors in the ecological transition on the Atlantic coast: Boulogne-sur-Mer, Cherbourg, Nantes, the Isle of Eyes, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Royan. Several weeks punctuated by memorable highlights before starting the tour of the Iberian Peninsula to reach the Mediterranean.
Great moments at sea
4000 nautical miles to make a step for technological challenges along with unforgettable views that we are gladly proud to share with you.
October 2017: Historic Passage
After several stops on the west coast of France, Energy Observer embarks on a 1 month voyage around the Iberian Peninsula and leaver, for the first time, the French territory.
Filming the Odyssey for the Future
More than a technological challenge, Energy Observer is also an adventure to meet those who work to find solutions for a better world. Meetings with tomorrow’s pioneers were filmed by our production team and Jérôme Delafosse, Expedition Leader at Energy Observer, and will soon be available on Planète+.
During the voyage around the Iberian Peninsula, Jérôme Delafosse and Victorian Erussard made a stop in El Hierro, a pioneering island in energy transition.
October 30, 2017: Passage Through the Strait of Gibraltar
Historic moment, Energy Observer makes becomes the first hydrogen vessel to pass through the Strait of Gibraltar.
November 13, 2017: Meeting with the French President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron at COP23
At COP23, the French president Emmanuel Macron unveils Energy Observer in the presence of Nicolas Hulot, Minister of State. They agree to give the team the most famous hashtag of the Bonn conference: #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain, now on board for the 6 years of the expedition!
Rewatch the video of the meeting with the President of the Republic.
November 2017: Mediterranean Ports of Call
Energy Observer and its crew travel to French cities bordering the Mediterranean Sea. La Seyne-sur-Mer, Marseille and Monaco, the final stage of Energy Observer’s French Tour.
December 20, 2017: Last Energy Observer Voyage
After 4000 nautical miles and on the occasion of its twelfth and last stopover of the French Tour, in Monaco, Energy Observer invited two prestigious guests aboard: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Bertrand Piccard, founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation.
Rewatch the video of the meeting with SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Thank you to everyone for having followed us throughout the year. Come back in a few months for the tour of the Mediterranean!