The Project

The first hydrogen vessel around the world

Our vision of the future consists in drawing our energy from nature, without damaging it, and without wasting it. This is the vision we wish to share throughout the planet with our innovative project.

To do so, the team has taken on both a human and technological challenge with Energy Observer: the first self-sufficient energy vessel with zero greenhouse gas or fine particule emissions that is powered by hydrogen and renewable energies, thanks to energy coupling.

There is not one miracle solution to combat climate change: there are solutions which we must learn to operate together. That's what we are doing with Energy Observer: allowing nature's energies, as well as those of our society, to collaborate. We are bringing, around our project, the knowledge from companies, laboratories, start-ups, and institutions together.

Victorien Erussard

An Odyssey for the Future

Energy Observer is an odyssey around the world on the search for innovative solutions for the environment. 6 years, 50 countries, and 101 stopovers, to go and meet people who are designing tomorrow's future, and to prove that a cleaner world is possible.

More than a vessel, Energy Observer is a media platform providing positive and inspiring content in favor of innovative solutions.

In the past, man explored to conquer territories and amass wealth. With energy observer, we wish to explore differently. That’s why our expedition will focus on discovering and sharing solutions for a cleaner future.

Jérôme Delafosse

The expedition

6 years, 50 countries, and 101 ports of call around the world



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The vessel

A former race boat, this outstanding competitor is about to open a new path: that of autonomous navigation with hydrogen. For the architects, engineers, and navigators involved the challenge is to aim for self-reliance through energy coupling and the carbon-free production of hydrogen from sea water.

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1. PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS
130 m2 of photovoltaic panels combining 3 different technologies: conformable, bifacial, and with a non-slip coating
21KWc
2. VERTICAL AXIS WIND TURBINE
2 vertical axis wind turbines, on a mobile support, for power production
2x1KW
3. DESALINATION SYSTEM
A seawater desalination system produced by reverse osmosis with two story
105 L/h
4. MARITIME ROUTING
Development of a routing software, to optimise the route plan by incorporating the parameters related to sailing conditions (waves, wind, currents...) but also to optimise the production of energy on board (sunshine, cloud cover, hydrogen levels, remaining distance...)
5. MONITORING
On board and remote real-time tracking of the performance, management, and optimisation of our energy flows
6. TWO STORY H2O COMPRESSORS
For the compression of hydrogen from 30 to 350 bars in tanks
7. SMART TRACTION KITE
Automated kite intended to increase the speed of the boat and to reduce its energy costs, but also to convert the electric motors into hydrogenerators
8. ELECTROLYSER
To break down the H2O molecule into oxygen (O2) and dihydrogen (H2). While the oxygen will be released into the atmosphere, the hydrogen will be stored in gaseous form in order to conserve the excess energy
4 Nm3/h at 30 bars
9. HYDROGEN STORAGE
Hydrogen tanks for long-term energy storage
2 x 4 322L tanks, or 62kg of H2
10. FUEL CELL
To generate electricity from the stored hydrogen which acts as a range extender for the vessel, coupled with an absorption machine for air-conditioning
22 KW
11. 400V POWER BATTERIES
Li-ion batteries for short-term energy storage and power demands’ management of 106 Kwh for the motorisation, electrolysis, compression, and 220V and 24V power
12. PROPULSION
2 electric motors with very high efficiency rates (97%), reversible in hydrogenerators when kite sailing at 2 x 41 KW at 3000 rpm in propulsion mode and 2 x 2, 5 KW in hydrogeneration mode

Energy observer is a two-way conversion process: to recycle a lightweight and reliable racing catamaran, an around the world record holder, to allow an investment in research and development, rather than in composite

Victorien Erussard

Hydrogen

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Faced with the pressing need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the development of renewable energies is the clear path forward. However, these energies are by nature variable and intermittent, and therefore require the development and optimisation of energy storage methods.

Among them, hydrogen (H), the most abundant chemical element in the universe, demonstrates a little more every day its immense potential as an energy vector capable of recovering renewable energies.
The issue of the 21st century: learning how to produce it inexpensively and in a carbon-free manner. It is within this research and development context that the Energy Observer project fits in: to prove the performance of this new energy model and thus serve as an example throughout the world.

The Team

  • The leaders of the expedition

    Victorien Erussard
    Offshore racer and Energy Observer Captain

    Jérôme Delafosse
    Explorer and Energy Observer Expedition leader
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  • Energy Observer Team

    Spread across France, it’s a team of close to 50 individuals that are currently working on the Energy Observer Project. Navigators, naval architects, engineers, designers, start-ups, all share their expertise and commitment towards innovation for the planet. Find out more
  • Our Ambassadors

    Florence Lambert
    Ambassador and CEO of CEA-Liten

    Nicolas Hulot
    Ambassador and President of the Foundation for Nature and Mankind
    Find out more

Our partners

We want to involve partners who are committed and motivated, and who wish to change the rules of the game in regards to internal and external energy transition.
For this, our goal is to build concrete and sustainable relationships with our partners, in order to create added value and to give meaning to our actions.
Our vision of partnership is, above all, human and based on shared requirements of trust, transparency, and integrity.

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Energy Observer continues to seek financial, institutional, media, and scientific partners.

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Energy Observer is heading for Paris

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Energy Observer is
heading for Paris

From July 6 to July 16 2017, Energy Observer will be in Paris to launch its Odyssey for the future.
Come discover the first hydrogen vessel around the world before it departs for a world tour of 6 years, 50 countries and 101 ports of call, serving ecological transition.

Follow the Energy Observer real-time position

Useful informations :
Port du Gros caillou, between the Pont de l’Alma and the Pont des Invalides
Metro : Pont de l’Alma, Invalides
Opened to the public : From 12:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekends
Exceptional closure on July 14th

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The first hydrogen vessel around the world

Energy Observer is the first vessel in the world able to produce its own hydrogen on board, from sea water, without greenhouse gas emissions. It is a real experimental platform which will carry out an unprecedented world tour using energies of the future, in order to test these technologies in extreme environments, and thus enable their implementation throughout the entire planet.

Testing these technologies outside of laboratories...

Ultimate clean energy and energy of the future, hydrogen is at the heart of the Energy Observer project. For the first time, we will be able to produce it aboard the ship from the electrolysis of sea water, thanks to energy coupling. More than a vessel, Energy Observer will be the laboratory of this new energy model. Demonstrating the efficiency and performance of our complete hydrogen chain in hostile marine environments, will all the more validate its application on land, and allow its development on other large scale applications; maritime or terrestrial, mobile or stationary.

As a vessel of the future made in France, Energy Observer’s goal is to inspire businesses, communities, states, and citizens by proving that a cleaner future is possible through technological innovations.

An Odyssey for the Future

Energy Observer has given itself the mission to prove that an environmentally friendly future is possible by pro-actively designing it. Thanks to an incredible odyssey around the world, the crew will question the nature of tomorrow's world: how will we transport ourselves? Feed ourselves? Build our homes? Work? Inform ourselves? And not only in 100 or 50 years, but in 15, 10, or 6 years... or even tomorrow. The future begins now- and it is up to us to lead it down the right path.

A XXI century Calypso, at the service of solutions

While the goal of most of history's great expeditions was to conquer territories and amass wealth, Energy Observer is about to start a new kind of expedition: an expedition to further discover mankind and exchange knowledge. This odyssey will connect solutions to problems, promote rather than denounce, encourage rather than blame. The adventure, a real Calypso of the future, will be shared in real time through innovative and exclusive content portraying and showcasing: the daily lives of the crew, the technological prowess of the vessel, the ports of call, but also innovations in relation to mankind's life on earth and the need to preserve it.

Notre mission

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    To test, experience, and optimise the embarked technologies in extreme environments in order to later enable their implementation on land.

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    To locate sustainable solutions, and to participate in their deployment.

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    To prove to the general public, local communities, and businesses that energy transition is possible.

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The vessel

Built in Canada in 1983 by the naval architect Nigel Irens, under the supervision of the navigator Mike Birch, it is the maxi-catamaran that decisively marked the evolution of multihulls.
Originally 24,38 metres long, it has been extended four times, and now measures up to 30,5 metres long and 12,80 metres wide.

After a lenghty competitive career under the names, Formule TAG, TAG Heuer, Enza New Zealand, Royal & SunAlliance, Team Legato or Daedaleus it is now getting ready to return as Energy Observer and open a new path: that of autonomous navigation powered by hydrogen.


Enza New Zealand in the storm,
60 miles from Ouessant Island,
1st april 1994
© Christian Février

3. Hydrogen

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THE ADVANTAGES OF HYDROGEN

  • It contains up to 3 times more energy per unit mass than diesel, and 2.5 times more than natural gas.
  • It is the lightest and most abundant chemical element in the universe.
  • Its combustion rejects neither CO2, nor fine particles.
  • While nearly 1.2 billion people in the world still live without access to electricity, the traditional economic and logistical model of electric networks rarely meets the real needs. Hydrogen is storable, and therefore can be used to extend energy beyond these traditional distribution networks, thus permitting autonomy.

WHY HAVEN’T WE THOUGHT OF THIS EARLIER?

On Earth, hydrogen rarely exists in its pure state, and is usually combined with other elements. To obtain hydrogen, an extraction process involving energy consumption is therefore required. Currently, 95% of the hydrogen produced industrially is produced from fossil fuels. That is the reason why large-scale deployment for industrial and individual usage still requires research and development efforts. Moreover, hydrogen is a gas which occupies an important volume under standard pressure conditions. To efficiently store and transport it, we need to reduce its volume. It is therefore essential to develop technologies that allow its compression and production in a decarbonised manner and at a lower cost in order to make it an energy vector of the future.

It is within this research and development context that the Energy Observer project fits in. Our laboratory for future energies will have the following missions:

  • to prove hydrogen's performance
  • to promote our model as an alternative to fossil fuels
  • to demonstrate that energy independence is possible
  • to allow for the collected data to be used for mobile or stationary uses

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The leaders of the expedition

VICTORIEN ERUSSARD

OFFSHORE RACER - MULTITASK OFFICER IN THE MERCHANT NAVY CAPTAIN AND CO-LEADER OF THE EXPEDITION SAS ENERGY OBSERVER’S PRESIDENT

  • 10 years as on offshore racer
  • 1 Route du Rhum
  • 4 Transat Jacques Vabre
  • 3 podiums over 6 transatlantic races
  • 3 F-18 French championships titles
  • 1 Transat Quebec-Saint-Malo… without rudder
  • 1 year expedition in the south pole

Victorien was born in Saint-Malo, the year after the first Route du Rhum. 26 years later, he was on the starting line of the legendary race aboard the trimaran Laiterie de Saint Malo. It was his very first solo ocean race, aboard an old 60 feet trimaran that he had updated himself with great willpower and a grinder…

Although he had never spent a single night at sea before this crossing, he finished on the podium.
In parallel to building a track record which pushed him among the elites of his field, Victorien deepened his knowledge of the sea by pursuing his studies as a multitask officer in the merchant navy. In 2007, he raced in his first Transat Jacques Vabre, alongside Frédéric Dahirel, sixteen years his elder, and finished second.

Starting in 2011, Victorien decided to use his competitive appetite towards the fight against multiple sclerosis. For that project, he built from scratch the “Défi Voile Solidaires en Peloton” in favor of the ARSEP foundation with his friend Thibaut Vauchel-Camus. This adventure led them to the Class40 championship title and to a fourth place in his fourth Transat Jacques Vabre in 2015.

His desire to serve a cause finally prevailed over the thrill of the competition. Hence the reason he agreed in 2013 to join Frédéric Dahirel in the construction of a solar-powered catamaran, that become, thanks to a perfect blend of spontaneity and experience, the first experimental and self-sufficient energy vessel powered by a complete hydrogen production chain coupled to renewable energies.

“Victorien has the freshness and spontaneity of a teenager, combined with the insight of a man of experience. What surprised me, the first time I met him, was that he didn’t seem to fear anything.”

Nicolas Hulot

JÉRÔME DELAFOSSE

EXPLORER - FILMMAKER CO-LEADER OF THE EXPEDITION MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • 23 years of ocean exploration
  • 20 000 hours under
  • 10 years of broadcasting on Canal+
  • 1 sunken palace of Cleopatra discov
  • 800 dives with the sharks
  • 2 novels and 500 000 copies sold

Everything starts in Saint-Malo for Jérôme. Hours spent sailing, diving, and mostly learning from the great adventurers, explorers, and privateers. At twelve he discovers the documentaries of Cousteau’s team… this is a revelation. Jerôme decides that when he grows up, he will also explore the oceans just like his heroes.
Professional diver, press and expedition photographer, documentary filmmaker, and author of novels sold worldwide. In 2006, he becomes one of the iconic figures of Les Nouveaux Explorateurs, on Canal+ and Travel Channel, a show in which he travels to legendary oceans and rivers, and meets up with water people in order to discover different cultures and raise public awareness in regard to environmental matters.
After making his childhood dream come true, Jérôme wants to become a fullfledged activist in raising awareness to the necessity of protecting the ocean’s natural and human heritage. Travelling the planet, contributing to its protection, and proposing optimistic and concrete solutions, here lies his new challenge.

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The Energy Observer Team


Close to 50 people have been actively working, since 2013, on reconditioning and transforming the legendary boat into a vessel of the future. Spread across France these navigators, naval architects, engineers, designers, and communicators are all passionate and fully committed.

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Our Ambassadors


One man, one woman: one used to the media spotlight, the other to the more private environment offered by laboratory work but both equally committed to Energy Observer and offering both a media and scientific legitimacy to the project.

Today, energy is experiencing a true revolution by integrating an increasingy number of renewable energies with different vectors: electricity, heat, and hydrogen. There are real technical challenges in connecting these fluxes, and it is even more ambitious to try this on a vessel. Therefore, Energy Observer is a foreshadowing of tomorrow's energy networks on earth.

Florence Lambert

Energy Observer is more than just a boat; it is a demonstrator and collector of solutions. It designs a future that has already begun. A long-term and evolving project that wishes to create a wave of positive energies

Nicolas Hulot

5. Our partners

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AccorHotels


For AccorHotels, first global hotel operator, Energy Observer is much more than a simple operation of sponsorship, it is really an opportunity to engage its employees and its customers in the energy transition. As part of Planet 21, AccorHotels group’s sustainable development programme, the ambition of this partnership is to reproduce, along with the CEA-Liten, technologies proven by Energy Observer within pilot facilities in order to test them within a hotel environment before considering a larger-scale deployment.

Energy Observer is a promising epic that will contribute to propel AccorHotels forward. Each year, the Group consumes over 400 million euros in water and energy. We managed to reduce this consumption by 7% in five years, but we must go even further, and our partnership with Energy Observer and the CEA-Liten will help us do this. By committing ourselves alongside Energy Observer, AccorHotels reaffirms its ambition to be pioneer in today's energy transition. To move faster in the search for new, clean, and sustainable energies- this is the objective of this partnership.

Sébastien Bazin,
CEO of the AccorHotels Group

About AccorHotels

AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,500 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator through its HotelServices and HotelInvest divisions, AccorHotels operates in 95 countries. Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel Legend, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, and Swissôtel; as well as the popular midscale and boutique brands of Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; the in-demand economy brands including ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1.With an unmatched collection of brands and rich history spanning close to five decades, AccorHotels, along with its global team of more than 240,000 dedicated women and men, has a purposeful and heartfelt mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests enjoy access to one of the world’s most rewarding hotel loyalty programs - Le Club AccorHotels.

AccorHotels is active in its local communities and committed to sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.

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Thélem Assurances


Thélem assurances, one of the major mutual insurance companies in France and already a partner of Victorien Erussard's sailing project Défi Voile Solidaires en Peloton, has decided to support the sailor in his new project. It aims to involve its collaborators and employees in this odyssey to find energy transition and sustainable development solutions.

The whole company will passionately support this expedition because it combines innovation, as well as social and environmental responsibility. This project completely resonates with Thélem's preoccupations, such as climate change, a major risk for us as a mutual insurance company, and the search for new solutions to help transform our business so as to continuously be at the service of our members.

Daniel Antoni,
CEO of Thélem Assurances.

About Thélem Assurances

With nearly 200 years of experience at the service of its members, Thélem assurances owes its longevity to its ongoing capacity to reinvent itself. With its signature ""Thélem assurances innovates for you"", it expresses its commitment to evolve its profession, and bring new insurance solutions to its clients.
The relationship with its members is based on an understanding of their needs, the quality of contracts, and a respect towards all commitments.
The Thélem assurances Group engages in the insurance practice of people, assets, and liability for individuals and professionals. Its services are accessible via channels of digital and physical distribution, including 268 branches distributed in 45 departments and 242 brokers, covering almost the entire territory. Thélem assurances is also a supplier of insurance services for distribution partners.
The company achieved a turnover of nearly 334 million euros in 2015, corresponding to a portfolio of 965 348 contracts and of 461 598 members. Its headquarters are located in Chécy, in the Loiret.

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Delanchy Transports


For the Delanchy Group, the partnership with Energy observer has sealed it’s ambition to initiate the energy transition in favor of transport, in collaboration with CEA-Liten. It intervenes in the continuity of the sustainable development approach engaged in the CSR program. The group embarked in the adventure after meeting Victorien ERUSSARD and his team throughout the Solidaires en Peloton challenges.

Because tomorrow is today.
We continue to believe that the ecology is a collective and individual conscience that concerns the entire world and everybody upon it. The environnement is more than ever at the heart of our preoccupations. We are embarking with Energy observer to prove that a cleaner and more respectful future is possible for Mankind and the planet.
This project is in perfect harmony with our will to develop renewable energies for future generations.
#TransportonsLeFutur is our word of order and we are convinced that we will achieve it.
It’s in building the smallest streams that we make the biggest rivers.

Brigitte DELANCHY,
CEO - Delanchy Transports Group

About Delanchy Transports

The DELANCHY Group is a family based company, specialized in chilled goods transport and logistics. Composed of a network of 40 agencies in France, Italy and Spain, the Group is composed of 3 000 permanent employees and owns a fleet of more than 1 000 vehicles. Each day, around 400 000 km are travelled, equalizing a one way trip to the Moon.

For almost 50 years, the company hasn’t stopped overcoming obstacles. From the creation, the Group knew how to stand out by offering a tight flow transport solution from Lorient to Lyon. The need to create and to engage established a trait of character which allowed the group to evolve and grow, in a sector constantly mutating, whilst maintaining a close relationship with the men and women in the company

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Air Liquide


Air Liquide is giving its support to the Energy Observer project, the first boat in the world to be powered by hydrogen and renewable energies, that is autonomous in energy, but without emitting greenhouse gases or fine particles. For over 20 years, Air Liquide has been committed to developing hydrogen energy, particularly for transport, and shares with the creators of Energy Observer the determination to develop clean energies.

Air Liquide controls the whole value chain for hydrogen, from production to storage, from distribution to the development of applications for end users, and strives to expand the use of hydrogen in the transport sector while supporting the deployment of charging stations needed on a worldwide scale. At the end of 2017, the Group will have set up almost 100 hydrogen stations worldwide. Through the Blue Hydrogen project, Air Liquide is progressively turning towards production of decarbonised hydrogen and is committed to producing at least 50 % of the hydrogen needed for its applications without CO2 emissions by 2020 by combining renewable energies, the electrolysis of water and biogas reforming and the use of technologies to capture and harness CO2 emitted during hydrogen production from natural gas.

About Air Liquide

Air Liquide is the world leader for gases, technologies and services for industry and the health sector. The group is present in 80 countries with some 67 000 collaborators, at the service of over 3 million clients and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are small molecules that are essential for life, matter and energy. They embody the scientific scope of Air Liquide and have been at the heart of the Group’s work since it was founded in 1902.

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Crédit Maritime


A cooperative and regional bank, the Crédit Maritime Bretagne Normandie is at work in five French departments.* With 47 branches and 228 co-workers, are active in all fields of banking and insurance. Alongside the traditional sectors, fishing and aquaculture, Crédit Maritime finances the coastal economy and supports its players more widely.

Crédit Maritime is backing the Energy Observer adventure, which helps to raise the prestige of Saint-Malo, the project’s birthplace, to conserve the marine ecosystem and to boost scientific research. By supporting the development of this first hydrogen boat, Crédit Maritime provides an echo of its history and its future, by contributing to maritime innovation.

*Finistère, Côtes d’Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, Manche and Calvados

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Delta Dore


As specialists in energy management for homes and buildings, Delta Dore has been committed to energy transition for over 40 years, and is fully mobilised in favour of meeting the needs of today’s generations without compromising the capacity for future generations to meet their own. The Energy Observer project is well adapted to the values and the DNA of the company, and the team is proud to help and contribute its skills.
The boat will be equipped with devices to manage lighting and heating, to monitor consumption and safety (alarm).

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La Motte


The Lamotte Group joins the adventure

For over 60 years, the women and men at Lamotte Group have passionately risen to challenges.
A property designer throughout the west of France and Paris region, an expert and leader with its creations, LAMOTTE Promoteur joins the formidable Energy Observer adventure.

At the forefront of transformations, respectful of people and their environment, LAMOTTE has managed to place innovation at the heart of its development, practices and creations.
The partnership with Energy Observer is naturally part of this process with real shared values: challenges, leadership, human capital and interactions.
The Energy Observer project is completely in line with the vision of LAMOTTE Promoteur to imagine the sustainable city of tomorrow.

Lamotte Promoteur, your partner for a successful property:

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Prysmian


Draka Fileca, a subsidiary of Prysmian Group, world leader in the cable industry for power energy and telecommunications, has decided to support the Energy Observer project and is the "Official Supplier" of the electric cables that equip the boat. The cables supplied by Draka Fileca connect the various renewable energy sources to the engines and allow the supply of all electrical and navigation equipment to the ship. Energy Observer and CEA Liten, the ship's energy architect, have chosen Draka Fileca's copper or aluminum-based aerospace cables for performance, reliability and lightness.

Draka Fileca is one of the leading suppliers of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers, and all these qualities demonstrated for many years, especially throughout equipment of the complete Airbus range, contribute to the efficiency and relevance of new energy sources implemented on this boat.

After having equipped Solar Impulse, this technical support is in line with our commitment to clean energy and we are proud to contribute once again to the success of an innovative and ambitious project: the Odyssey for the future of Energy Observer

Alain Jeanguillaume

Prysmian Group

Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With nearly 140 years of experience, sales of over €7.5 billion in 2016, 21,000 employees across 50 countries and 82 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.

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SACIB


SACIB is a company based in Saint-Malo, we love to get involved with local life, projects related to the sea in particular, so we couldn’t miss this truly inspirational, modern day adventure.
Our activity, intimately linked to the environment and innovation, encourages us to evolve towards excellence in renewable energies and new technologies to offer our clients ever more efficient and sustainable housing.

There is no doubt that the research carried out on board the Energy Observer will be a source of inspiration for us in future constructions.

Véronique Bléas-Moncorps - Group President

About SACIB

Located in Saint-Malo for almost 45 years, SACIB is the real estate specialist of the Côte d’Emeraude. A family run business backed by 28 employees, SACIB manages 3 complementary activities: property development, construction and an estate agency (transaction, rental and rental management).

Perfect knowledge of the local real estate market, a well-established savoir-faire and an experienced sales team make SACIB the best partner for all your real estate projects in St Malo and its region.

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Beyond the Sea


Yves Parlier, a renowned navigator, created Beyond the Sea in 2014, which aims to equip all types of boats with Kite wings to allow them to sail without polluting the wind. Driving thanks to a computer system for the biggest boats with the project Beyond the sea or manually for small boats with Libertykite. This project offers the green solution for our lands and seas as well as a safety to return to the port in case of breakdown! Equipping Energy Observer with an automatic pilot wing by a computer system represents a key step in our research and a way to navigate without polluting energy around the world!

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ICAM


A team of teachers and students from Icam, School of Engineering has developed the wind turbines that equip Energy Observer.
Icam groups together 40 researchers on our 6 French campuses.

Our team in Nantes has rich experiences in Naval industry and Maritime Renewable Energy :
• Modelling the dynamic behavior of metallic and composite immerged structures
• Instrumentation and measurement of embedded structures dynamic behavior
• Composite materials and Recycling
• Energy: design and manufacturing of energy production and management systems
• Composite manufacturing: draping, Resin Infusion, RTM, heating, forming, welding...
• Industrial demonstrators
• Modelling of production workflow

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TECHNITOIT


Since the genesis of the amazing Energy Observer project, Technitoit, French leader in home renovation (roofing, facade, insulation, self-consumption thanks to solar energy), is committed with Victorien Erussard and his team. The company, which is technical innovation partner, believed straight away in this crazy project to create and to sail all around the world the first fully energy autonomous boat.

Through this unfailing support, Technitoit “La maison autonome” show once again its commitment in favor of renewable energy, environment and planet preservation.

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Alexseal


Alexseal is a leading brand in the market for high quality yacht coatings and is owned by German paint specialist Mankiewicz.

Traditionally rooted in the field of interior coatings for aviation, automotive and general industry, Mankiewicz continuously expanded its advanced technology to new business areas. Alexseal offers a complete system of premium paint products specifically designed for substrates such as carbon and fiberglass.

In the realm of environmental protection and sustainability Alexseal is committed to continually improving overall product performance by exceeding global standards and observing legal requirements worldwide. This in combination with the system’s gloss, longelivety and protection capabilities makes Alexseal an optimal partner for the Energy Observer project and its unique requirements.

Alexseal supplied both exterior and interior paint. The portfolio encompassed all products from fairing to topcoats including clear coat with antiskid applied on the solar panels. The bottom of the vessel is painted with an innovative and ground-breaking alternative to regular anti-fouling that is harmless to underwater life and ensures a clean hull in all waters.

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Armormeca


For 50 years, Armor Méca has been specialised in high-precision machining for the aeronautics industry. Among its clients are the major names in the sector, such as Airbus, Thalès and Safran. The company, headed by Sébastien Colas, has developed a real expertise in machining titanium and aluminium pieces, as well as in metal additive printing systems for the medical sector. At the fully automated plant in Pleslin-Trivagou, part of Energy Observer’s deck equipement, including mooring cleats, has been made, in addition to the helm system and the wind turbines’ mechanical parts.

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Fugu


French leader for the past 7 years, FUGU® conceives and makes innovative architectural structures for event and communication professionals.
Aesthetic, resilient, innovative and nomadic, FUGU® offers multiple structures and solutions: modulated and versatile cubes & containers, geodetic domes, aesthetic stands, customisable tents, stylish presentation tunnels, inflatable furniture.
Supporting Energy Observer is for us an opportunity to go further and contribute to developing tomorrows structures with an ambitious project whilst participating in a wonderful odyssey.

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AFHYPAC


A project supported by the AFHYPAC

The French Association for hydrogen and fuel cells (AFHYPAC) brings together the actors of hydrogen in France. With the support of ADEME, it ensures the leadership of this industrial sector for the future.

Energy Observer is the perfect example that shows us how hydrogen allows for the integration of renewable energy into our daily lives. By travelling around the world using only renewable energies stored on board in the form of hydrogen, this vessel will complete a world premiere, and open the door to a new era without fossil fuels. Hydrogen is the wind and sun stored to continuously power our homes, our offices, our transport systems. The AFHYPAC supports this project and its team.

Pascal MAUBERGER President of the AFHYPAC

In the 16th century, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and other major explorers were exploring new paths and discovering new lands. Today, Energy Observer is an incredible boat that will show the way to a cleaner world, where renewable energies are fully valued, and where hydrogen takes its place alongside other energy carriers.

Philippe BOUCLY 1st Vice-President of the AFHYPAC

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The Nicolas Hulot Foundation


Nicolas Hulot and Victorien Erussard have known each other since 2005. During his preparation for the Route du Rhum, the young skipper recognised Nicolas Hulot driving in Saint-Malo, and knocked on his car window, “Can I speak to you for a second?” recalled Nicolas.

This is the beginning of a long friendship during which Nicolas sponsored all of Victorien’s boats, and sailed a few regattas with the young racer. Inevitably, this relationship and the messages carried by Nicolas inspired Victorien for his next challenge: Energy Observer.

Nicolas Hulot is highly committed to the project, following it closely and providing all of his experience and personal or team support. Indeed, the Nicolas Hulot Foundation awarded Energy Observer with a prize in 2016, and regularly brings their assistance to the project and its team.

Energy Observer is more than a vessel; it is a demonstrator and collector of solutions. It designs a future that has already begun. A long-termand evolving project that wishes to create a wave of positive energies. I identify with this team’s state of mind, which is notresolutely turned towards a statement, but rather turned towards innovation.

Nicolas Hulot

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Brittany Regional Council


For the Brittany Regional Council, the Energy Observer project embodies yachting in the 21st century, combining energy and digital transition, and supported by sailors from one of the most famous of Brittany’s coastal regions, Pays de Saint-Malo.

While the regional authorities have long supported the technological innovations in Brittany’s shipyards, especially for offshore yacht races, they are also very attentive to the efforts made by all those involved in yachting in terms of sustainable development.

The Energy Observer project signals a new step forwards, associating sailing with renewable energy production so that a boat, like a region, a building or an individual house, can be autonomous in energy on the ocean.

Since 2010, the Region has worked hard to develop renewable energies, and to keep energy consumption under control. Energy Observer matches these aims.

But ecological transition cannot be achieved without the help of innovative technologies, and this is the challenge for the Glaz Economy, blending high-tech expertise and traditional Brittany skills, including the trades linked to the sea. Here again, Victorien Érussard and Jérôme Delafosse’s project is in line with regional priorities.

A maritime region such as Brittany is naturally delighted to give its support to the Energy Observer, an authentic adventure combining preservation of the environment and technological innovation.

Loïg CHESNAIS-GIRARD - President of Brittany Regional Council

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UNESCO


In order to carry out its mission of renewable energy promotion and awareness-raising concerning the issues of energy transition, Energy Observer will be backed by UNESCO

Throughout its entire 6-year world trip, Energy Observer will be able to rely on the support of the institution and its representa- tives in several areas:

• PROMOTING RENEWABLE ENERGIES to face challenges related toenergy, climate change, and sustainable development.
• DISPENSING EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL produced by Energy Observer to UNESCO’s school system across the world.

UNESCO’s representatives will be associated with the development and the execution of the mission, through their direct integration within Energy Observer’s steering committees. A promising and ambitious partnership, with a special stopover in New York, and a possible docking on the Hudson River below the UN’s headquarters.

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France 24


About France 24, a France Médias Monde channel

France 24, the international news channel, broadcasts 24/7 to 333 million homes around the world in French, Arabic and English. The three channels have a combined weekly viewership of 55 million viewers (measured in 65 of the 183 countries where the channel is broadcast). From its newsroom in Paris, France 24 gives a French perspective on global affairs through a network of 160 correspondent bureaus located in nearly every country. It is available via cable, satellite, DTT, ADSL, on mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs, as well as on YouTube in three languages. Every month, France 24’s digital platforms attract 16.5 million visits, 36.5 million video views (2016 average) and 31.1 million followers on Facebook and Twitter (January 2017).

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CEA


The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission CEA is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas : defense and safety, nuclear and renewable energies, technological research for industry and fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

The CEA is much involved in the development of renewable energies. In collaboration with many industrials, CEA carries out R&D in solar energy (thermal, thermodynamic and photovoltaic), bio-based energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, batteries, smart materials, energy-efficient buildings, territories with optimized energy consumption , smart grids and storage systems.

Researchers from CEA-Liten and INES are proud to have developed innovative renewable technologies, including photovoltaic, energy efficiency, storage and new materials, that are implemented in the energetic chain of Energy Observer.

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Solar Impulse


When Energy Observer will succeed in travelling around the world powered only by hydrogen and renewable energies, it will be thanks to clean technologies and energy efficiency working together to achieve a global first. I firmly believe they will succeed, as Victorien, Jérôme and their team are fiercely perseverant and have adopted a pioneering spirit.

More than that, they continue to spread the message that I carried with Solar Impulse: our society has the means to become cleaner and healthier thanks to efficient technological solutions, and we can take up the challenge of reconciling ecology and economy.

Energy Observer serves as a platform to demonstrate this reality, and will be showcasing the solutions that can make it happen. Their partnership with the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions – that my Solar Impulse Foundation is creating - is perfectly complementary to this end, as we are both demonstrating, practically, the way to increase the quality of life for people around the world.

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Planète+


PLANETE+ shows a world on the move, follows the actors of change and invites its public to go forward with those who are inventing the world of tomorrow.

Ten years ago, we chose to follow Jérôme Delafosse in his commitment to protect the oceans, an engagement which we initiated together with «  Peoples of the Sea  » (Les Nouveaux Explorateurs/Canal+).Today, PLANETE+ continues the adventure and joins ENERGY OBSERVER and it's team, lead by Jérôme Delafosse, expedition leader, and Victorien Erussard, Captain, to become the echo of this incredible ecological, environmental and before all, human adventure. An odyssey for the future on board a revolutionary catamaran entirely dedicated to renewable energies: ENERGY OBSERVER, already called by some the “modern time COUSTEAU’S CALYPSO” or even the “SOLAR IMPULSE of the seas”. More than a technological challenge, ENERGY OBSERVER is the symbol of a world in movement. It's a bet on audacity, the promise of changing a paradigm for the best.

This challenge deserves our support, our encouragement and our recognition for future generations. With ENERGY OBSERVER, PLANETE+ engages itself once again in a visionary way: a brand new lab giving us the possibility to tackle new subjects, follow innovative perspectives, new scriptures and thus guaranty the diversity of the documentary film genre. Take the planet’s pulse. Sensitize, share, inspire... Welcome on board!

Christine Cauquelin,
Head of the Canal+ group « discovery » channels.

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Bateaux Mouches


Au commencement était... Jean Bruel : Armateur et aventurier dans l’âme. Une idée folle lui trotte dans la tête ! Il fera visiter la capitale par sa plus belle avenue, la Seine. Grand résistant et remarquable visionnaire, Jean Bruel avait com­pris que l’après-guerre marquerait une nouvelle ère : la culture des voyages et des loisirs allait connaître un véritable essor. Il fonde la Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches en 1949. En 1952, il construit son premier bateau tout en verre ; le concept est totalement novateur pour ne pas dire révolutionnaire. L’engagement écologique de la Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches® ne date pas d’hier c’est pourquoi soutenir Energy Observer était une évidence pour Charlotte Bruel, Présidente de la Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches !

Dès les années 2005-2006, la direction s’est penchée sur le sujet alors que l’écologie n’était pas encore le sujet majeur qu’il est aujourd’hui. Depuis 12 ans, la Compagnie a pris un virage décisif et démontre au quotidien que son engagement fait partie intégrante de son ADN. Charlotte Bruel sélectionne des matériaux plus propres, plus nobles et plus faciles à recycler. Progressivement, toutes les installations laissent la place à des concepts écologiques. Des investissements considérables ont été faits : 500 000 euros rien que pour le projet Hydro Mouche. La Compagnie des Ba­teaux-Mouches® travaille sur la pile à combustible électrique qui n’utilise que de l’hydrogène et rejette uniquement de l’eau dans l’atmosphère.

Après une année « blanche », nous reprenons le travail pour évoluer vers la flotte verte que nous voulons dans un avenir proche et soutenir le projet Energy Observer est une opportunité extraordinaire pour avancer et trouver des énergies propres.

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Toyota


In late 2015, the Toyota Group introduced ambitious new environmental targets with the Environmental Challenge 2050, a roadmap whose main aims include cutting its overage CO2 emissions by 90% between now and 2050 (vs 2010). At Toyota, we have long taken a multifaceted approach to mobility in order to offer a range of eco-friendly vehicles: hybrid, rechargeable hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, battery electric vehicles… By 2050, nearly all our vehicles will be electrified!

The Group has 25 years of experience in hydrogen technology since the first research carried out in 1992 on fuel cells and high-pressure tanks. An initial prototype was developed in 1996, therefore we are now able to offer this technology on the market, and make our 5,680 patents in the field of hydrogen mobility available to the industry.

Indeed, Toyota truly believes in the hydrogen vehicle: it is a breakthrough technology.
The Toyota Mirai, which means future in Japanese, was officially launched in Japan in December 2014, then in autumn 2015 in California. It has been available in limited numbers in Europe since the end of 2015. Like the electric car, the hydrogen model produces no polluting emissions (particles or nitrogen oxide). It emits only water vapour. Yet in addition to the “zero emission” label, the hydrogen vehicle has some serious advantages over the battery electric car: a range of approximately 500 km with a charging time of only 3 to 5 minutes. Thus, there is no need for the driver to change any habits when switching from a regular combustion-powered vehicle. The aim is to move towards the democratisation of fuel cell vehicles with a global rollout plan of more than 30,000 units per year from 2020 onwards.

We are exploring all avenues to promote tomorrow’s mobility solutions. We are among the pioneers who have invested in hydrogen for the mobility of the future, and are fully committed to accelerating its rollout.

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Zeppelin


For over 30 years Zeppelin has been manufacturing tailor-made RIBs, handmade to suit the specific needs of the professional user. We are proud to support Energy Observer’s adventure, with its practical approach towards supporting innovative technology of the future that is efficient and clean.

We are therefore supplying 2 of our RIBs, renowned for their robustness, manoeuvrability and smooth ride, to assist the team in the filming, manoeuvring, safety and restocking of their magnificient vessel during their 6 year journey around the world.

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Emblematic locations
Capital cities that are already engaged in the energy transition, islands which are completely energetically autonomous, or economically booming cities.

Challenging locations
Threatened ecosystems, centres of political importance, economic capitals.

Large international events
COP, boat shows, trade shows on new applied technologies for sustainable development.

Places in need of protection
UNESCO World Heritage Sites, places threatened to disappear, nature reserves.

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Photos : Patrick AVAVIAN, Leah BALL, Jérémy BIDON, Kadeg BOUCHER, Pierrick CONTIN, Amadea KOSTRZEWA

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