The launch of
The first hydrogen vessel around the world hit the water on April 14, 2017 at 13:17Relive this unforgettable day
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.
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.
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.
130 m2 of photovoltaic panels combining 3 different technologies: conformable, bifacial, and with a non-slip coating
2 vertical axis wind turbines, on a mobile support, for power production
A seawater desalination system produced by reverse osmosis with two story
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...)
On board and remote real-time tracking of the performance, management, and optimisation of our energy flows
For the compression of hydrogen from 30 to 350 bars in tanks
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
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
Hydrogen tanks for long-term energy storage
2 x 4 322L tanks, or 62kg of H2
To generate electricity from the stored hydrogen which acts as a range extender for the vessel, coupled with an absorption machine for air-conditioning
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
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
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 leaders of the expeditionVictorien Erussard
Offshore racer and Energy Observer Captain
Explorer and Energy Observer Expedition leader Find out more
Energy Observer TeamSpread 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 AmbassadorsFlorence Lambert
Ambassador and CEO of CEA-Liten
Ambassador and President of the Foundation for Nature and Mankind Find out more
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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6 years, 50 countries, and 101 ports of call around the world
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