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 CEALiten, technologies proven by Energy Observer within AccorInvest pilot facilities in order to test them within a hotel environment before considering a largerscale 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.
For AccorInvest, European leader in hotel real estate, this partnership is a fantastic way to actively participate in the energy transition. Accessing to innovations, apprehending and testing them should allow faster transposition and integration of technologies in hotels than the traditional cycle. This is a real opportunity for the Group to be involved in an alternative and major project to federate the AccorInvest teams.
The Energy observer project is a technical and human partnership of compelling intensity. It is a true catalyst of energy between the different teams and constitutes for the Group a source of innovation on energy architecture of buildings of the future.
AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,300 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator, AccorHotels operates in 100 countries.
With an unmatched collection of brands and rich history spanning close to five decades, AccorHotels, along with its global team of more than 250,000 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.
Accor SA is publicly listed with shares trading on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and traded in the United States on the OTC market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States.
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, supports 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 passionately supports 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.
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.
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 environment 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.
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 900 vehicles. Each day, around 400 000 km are travelled, equalizing a one way trip to the Moon.
For 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.
As an energy revolution pioneer, ENGIE's goal is to become the leader of a new energy world that is decentralized, digital and carbon-free. ENGIE sees renewable hydrogen as one of the essential but so far missing links in building a more-sustainable energy system and more-sustainable world. ENGIE is already active in hydrogen, to meet industrial needs, to develop sustainable mobility, and to compensate for the intermittency of renewable energies. By becoming an Energy Observer partner, ENGIE is supporting a one-of-a-kind demonstrator to prove the viability of a virtuous, decentralized, digital and carbon-free energy production system.
More than just a boat showcasing innovative technology, ENGIE is supporting an adventure, spanning the globe to identify practical solutions to prove that economic growth can go hand in hand with the common good. ENGIE's teams and people will participate in this adventure by presenting solutions the Group is developing to make and distribute ever cleaner energy, and to help customers – individuals, businesses, and territories – to improve their use of energy.
At ENGIE, we believe that harmonious progress is possible. We are proud to share these aspirations with Energy Observer and to embark on this great adventure, which perfectly unite our expertise with their bold imagination. Together we will now accelerate the pace and identify solutions that combine performance and responsibility: let's reveal them and empower people pioneering a new world!
We are a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities : low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy; global networks and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy to all, or mobility, and offer our residential customers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests.
Our integrated - low-carbon, high-performing and sustainable - offers are based on digital technologies. Beyond energy, they facilitate the development of new uses and promote new ways of living and working.
Our ambition is conveyed by each of our 150,000 employees in 70 countries. Together with our customers and partners, they form a community of imaginative builders who invent and build today solutions for tomorrow.
2017 turnover: 65 billion Euros. Listed in Paris and Brussels (ENGI), the Group is represented in the main financial (CAC 40, BEL 20, Euro STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Europe, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, Euro STOXX Utilities, STOXX Europe 600 Utilities) and extra-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).
Energy Observer’s technological and human challenge reflects CCR’s economic and scientific ambition as a public reinsurer of providing comprehensive access to insurance coverage against natural risks and of furthering the study of climate change thanks to its cutting-edge technical expertise and extensive fieldwork experience. Resultantly, CCR actively participates in the prevention of climate risks in a manner that is as concrete as it is ambitious.
We are very pleased to support the Odyssey of Energy Observer because, beyond remedying the consequences of climate change, we are required to invent and disseminate concrete solutions that limit its magnitude. In this regard, the adventure initiated by Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse underscores and is a prime example of France’s know-how in this area.
CCR is a reinsurance group wholly-owned by the State of France and ranks among the top 25 players in international reinsurance. Through the Natural Disaster compensation scheme backed by the State’s guarantee and working in the general interest, it provides the French market with coverage against natural disasters and other exceptional risks. Since January 1, 2017, its subsidiary, CCR Re, operates in the Life, Non-Life and Specialty Lines in France and in sixty countries worldwide.
In conformity with the Natural Disaster compensation scheme established in France in 1982, CCR is accredited to provide, upon the request of the insurer, State-guaranteed unlimited reinsurance coverage against natural disasters arising in France. In this manner, all insureds - private persons, businesses, local municipalities - can benefit from coverage against these risks despite their level of exposure. Thanks to the concerted action of insurers and CCR, the scheme also guarantees quick and certain compensation of incurred losses regardless of their scale.
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 depxloyment of charging stations needed on a worldwide scale. The Group has already set up 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.
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 65 000 collaborators, at the service of over 3,5 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.
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Technitoit, market leader in housing renovation (roof, facade, insulation, solar energy) in mainland France, was the first French SME to invest in the fantastic Energy Observer project. Since 2012, Benjamin Erisoglu, CEO and founder of Technitoit, has been working alongside Victorien Érussard and his team so that the dream of seeing a totally energy self-sufficient boat travel the world can finally become a reality.
The company, founded in 2002 near Angers (Maine-et-Loire), has been working for many years on new and innovative surfaces protection solutions. To that end, Benjamin Erisoglu provided his company with its own R&D lab in which several scientists and researchers work full-time on developing new formulas.
Thanks to these researches, Technitoit can claim to be the first maker-applicator in the building and public works industry in France and to use its own products, most notably on the roofs and facades.
In parallel, Technitoit developed its activity in the field of self-consumption of energy thanks to the solar energy. Objective: that their clients become producers of their own solar and eolic energy. How? By receiving and consuming the produced electricity and the heat generated by their solar panels. This innovative system has the particular benefit of helping to dramatically reduce invoices for producing heat and electricity, or indeed to get rid of them altogether!
The company, which includes 50 agencies and franchises in France, is currently testing on Energy Observer a new, revolutionary solution for the protection of solar panels. The first results are indeed very promising. Technitoit is therefore fully involved in the Energy Observer project and in all scientific advances on renewable energies.
Convinced that this project will be at the forefront of tomorrow's world, Technitoit is proud to be an integral part of the Energy Observer adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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 demonstration that 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 wind and sun stored to continuously power our homes, our offices, and our transport systems. The AFHYPAC supports this project and its team.
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.
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 « Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme » created by Nicolas Hulot 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
A promising and ambitious partnership which materialised during the Tour of France with a stopover in the Biosphere Reseve on the island of El Hierro (Spain), for the documentary series the Odyssey for the Future. This partnership will extend during the whole expedition, starting with the natural reserve of Scandola in Corsica, during the 2018 Mediterranean Tour.
"Energy Observer is the first hydrogen vessel to have sailed around the globe, and it is more than just a boat. It is a detector and demonstrator of solutions. It shows us a future that already exists", says Nicolas Hulot, Ministre d’État, Minister for an Ecological and Solidary Transition, and sponsor of Energy Observer.
It is a long-term evolutionary project that creates a wave of positive energy and provides a unique showcase of innovations in ecological and energy transition. I am delighted that Victorien Erussard, the captain of Energy Observer, has become the first French ambassador of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In September 2015, the 193 UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It is an ambitious agenda for People, the Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership (the 5Ps), which aims to eliminate hunger and poverty worldwide while preserving our planet thanks to sustainable development.
What the Sustainable Development Goals tell us is that future solutions are to be found within new development models that will simultaneously address poverty and inequality, the preservation of our natural environment, climate change, and infrastructures and innovations that are less resource hungry, for a future decided on by everyone.
Energy Observer fits exactly into this approach: its Odyssey for the Future makes raising awareness of new renewable energy technologies possible, serving to prove their viability so that in the future they can supply our homes, buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities. Representing more than just a turnkey, ubiquitously adaptable solution, Energy Observer makes you want take action for new solutions.
The travelling village that will accompany it at its 101 stopovers in 50 countries will help raise awareness of climate change, the development of renewable energy, and the Sustainable Development Goals among the people encountered — especially young people.
Energy Observer's Odyssey for the Future simultaneously exemplifies the challenge of meeting and learning about others, and sharing knowledge. By seeking and highlighting locally developed solutions, this Odyssey forms a bond between women and men who invent and take action in creating the world of tomorrow, who push us towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Openness to the world, promoting solutions providing hope, and sharing knowledge and experience are therefore at the very heart of this project; a project responding to the need for an ecological and solidary transition. This is why the Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition is delighted to embark on this vessel, and it looks forward to its opening to the general public which will fully enable its role as an ambassador of Sustainable Development Goals.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
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).
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.
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, and Victorien Erussard, Captain, to become the echo of this incredible ecological, environmental and before all, human adventure. An Odyssey 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. With this vessel, PLANETE+ engages itself once again in a visionary way. a brand new lab giving us the possibility to tackle new subjects, thanks to a documentary film realized by Jérôme Delafosse, named Odyssey for the Future.
In total, 8 episodes retracing this modern saga will be broadcast for the Planete+ 30th anniversary, in September 2018. Raise awareness, share, reenchant… Welcome onboard the adventure!
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!
Petit Forestier, European leader in refrigerated vehicle and container rental, has made the choice of developing its expertise exclusively in the field of refrigeration and commercializes a multi-product range that includes the rental of more than 47 000 refrigerated vehicles, 43 500 displays and 1 800 containers.
With more than 15,000 customers in diverse business sectors, and more than 3,500 employees, Petit Forestier’s competitiveness relies on the proximity of its network of branches and its full service. Petit Forestier uses its expertise to provide its customers with solutions that meet the requirements of their profession and offer them an optimal quality of service, bringing them maximum effectiveness, peace of mind and comfort.
Looking resolutely to the future and concerned for the world of tomorrow, Petit Forestier attempts to integrate sustainable development into the daily life of the company. To take part of the Energy Observer project requires to push back our limits and to face, together, the challenge of alternative energies.
Petit Forestier has always been focused on innovation and we are confident that new technologies will allow us to change the way we work to get through environmental issues. In cold production as well as in fossil fuel, Petit Forestier is always challenging itself and will include the Energy Obsever project in its reflexion about new energies.
The European Commission is the European Union(EU)’s executive arm. Its role is to promote the general interest of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and the EU budget.
Political leadership is provided by a team of 28 Commissioners (one from each EU country) and the day-to-day running of Commission business is performed by departments known as Directorates-General (DGs), each responsible for a specific policy area. Energy Observer, thanks to cross-sectional nature, interacts with DGs Energy, Environment, Climate Action, Mobility & Transport and Research & Innovation.
The European Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local governments voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives.
The Covenant of Mayors was launched in 2008 in Europe with the ambition to mobilise local governments voluntarily committed to achieving and exceeding the EU climate and energy targets. The initiative now gathers 9,000+ local and regional authorities across the globe, drawing on the strengths of a worldwide multi-stakeholder movement and the support offered by dedicated offices.
Signatories endorse a shared vision for 2050: accelerating the decarbonisation of their territories, strengthening their capacity to adapt to unavoidable climate change impacts, and provide their citizens with access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
Signatory cities pledge action to support the delivery of the EU 40% greenhouse gas-reduction target by 2030, the adoption of a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change and providing secure, sustainable and affordable energy to their citizens.
Covenant signatories translate their political commitment into practical measures and projects, by developing and implementing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) outlining the key actions they will undertake.
The European Covenant community supports the journey undertaken by the Energy Observer and stands ready to engage with this key climate and energy initiative.
At the beginning there was… Jean Bruel : Ship-owner and adventurer at heart. A quirky idea occupied his mind ! He would allow people to tour the capital by its prettiest avenue, the Seine. Great resistant and remarkable visionary, Jean Bruel knew that the post war years would mark a new era with a true upturn of the leisure and trip culture. He founds the Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches® in 1949. In 1952, he builds the first all-glass boat; a totally pioneer concept if not to say revolutionary. The ecological commitment of the Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches® is hardly new, that’s why supporting Energy Observer seemed obvious to Charlotte Bruel, CEO of the Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches®!
Since 2005-2006, management has been working on the subject of ecology even though at the time the topic wasn’t as prevalent as today. For 12 years now, the company has taken a decisive turn and demonstrates daily that its commitment is an integral part of its DNA. Charlotte Bruel selects materials that are cleaner, more noble and easier to recycle. Progressively all the installations are making room for ecological concepts. Considerable investments have been made : 500 000 euros alone for the Hydro Mouche project. The Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches® is working on an electrical fuel cell that only uses hydrogen and rejects solely water in the atmosphere.
After a “blank” year, we are resuming work to evolve towards the green fleet we are committed to in a near future. Supporting Energy Observer is an incredible opportunity to advance and find cleaner energies.
Toyota France has been a partner of this journey into the future since the Energy Observer was christened in Paris on July 6, 2017. Toyota France was the Energy Observer's mobility partner, providing each stage of its Tour de France with hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The partnership increases in importance this year with the presence of Toyota Motor Europe, now an official partner of Energy Observer. Toyota will provide mobility solutions for all future stopovers.
Toyota is a global manufacturer, pioneer and leader of environmentally friendly technologies, with more than 12 million hybrid electric vehicles sold worldwide.
The group's environmental roadmap, “Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050”, includes objectives to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles on society throughout their lifecycle. For example, a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions from its vehicles by 2050 (compared to 2010).
Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technology is the pillar of this approach. Toyota & Lexus sell 16 models in France. This enabled the group to achieve the lowest CO2 emissions of any carmaker, an average of just 98 g/km of CO2 per car in 2017. (Source: ADEME - the French Environmental and energy agency - annual ranking).
Equipped with the latest cutting edge technology, the Mirai, “future” in Japanese, is the world's first Hydrogen Fuel Cell sedan. Based on Toyota’s Hybrid architecture, the Mirai incorporates a Fuel Cell Stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks, all developed in-house.
🚗#EOpartners🚗 Après @ToyotaFrance, nous avons le plaisir d'accueillir notre nouveau partenaire officiel @toyota_europe ! Bienvenue à eux dans la communauté #EnergyObserver 👋👐 pic.twitter.com/FPTbXpuUou— Energy Observer (@energy_observer) 29 mars 2018
The French manufacture of semi-rigid boats Zeppelin is one of Energy Observer’s official suppliers, providing two small boats :
- A 16R meant to be the tender for operations such a maneuvers, securing the ship, or getting supplies.
- A 20vpro, dedicated to the production team during the expedition.
We are proud to take part in this laboratory of our future maritime navigations, thus supporting environmental technological innovation in the field of transportation, states the Zeppelin team.
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is the intergovernmental Euro-Mediterranean organisation that brings together all 28 countries of the European Union and 15 countries from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. The UfM provides a forum to enhance regional cooperation and dialogue, as well as the implementation of concrete projects and initiatives with tangible impact on the citizens in order to address the three strategic objectives of the region: stability, human development and integration.
On the 21st of November 2017, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region organised Mediterranean of the Future, a common commitment for the climate agreements which gathered Ministers, local authorities officers, experts, researchers and NGOs from all around the Mediterranean.
In December, the region adopted its Climate Action Roadmap that materialises its commitment to fight climate change around 5 axis and 100 measures. The South Region therefore acts as a driver on the climate agreements. The Region wishes to become Energy Observer’s partner in order to carry a message around the world of vital common commitment to safeguard the climate.
Splendid project carried out by two St Malo natives bound by they passion for the ocean, Energy Observer takes on board all the values that shapes our city’s soul. They carry on the spirit of adventure and discovery developed by their renowned fellow citizens, trailblazers in the exploration of newfound lands. By creating the first completely energy autonomous vessel, propelled by renewables, and by soaring into a journey around the world, Victorien and Jérome demonstrate with success that cutting-edge technologies and ecology can and should be inseparable. Sporting and scientific adventure, Energy Observer is above everything a human adventure. It’s source of great pride that such a project was born in Saint-Malo.
Faced with the necessity to devise ways of reducing the environmental impact of sea transport, VPLP design has taken Oceanwings®, a high-performance technical solution which the design firm developed for the America’s Cup, and adapted it to the needs of commercial shipping. Indeed, ships carry 90 % of all trade across the globe and, as a result, play a major role in the emission of greenhouse gasses. Oceanwings® is an automated and reefable soft wing sail that outperforms conventional rigging by a ratio of two to one. Designed to supplement a vessel’s main propulsion units (ideally electric motors), this auxiliary “wind engine” constitutes the kingpin of the hybrid ship propulsion systems of the future.
Energy Observer is a platform for demonstrating the potential of tomorrow’s fuel-free solutions, and Oceanwings® is the obvious choice for ensuring the success of its transoceanic capabilities. Using energy derived from natural sources that are free and available everywhere is Energy Observer’s promise to future generations.
Since 1957, VUARNET produces mass-tinted mineral glass lenses in its Manufacture located near Paris, France. Whether to face extreme lighting conditions or explore daily the sunny side of life, all VUARNET lenses provide unparalleled protection, clarity and durability compared to regular plastic lenses. We design our eyewear to provide a unique visual experience but also as a means of expression. To do so, the House offers a full collection of both sports and lifestyle frames available in memory shape nylon, stainless steel, titanium and acetate.
As a mineral glassmaker,we exclusively work on this 100% natural -hence 100% recyclable-material. Supporting the ENERGY OBSERVER project and providing all the crew with the best sun protection in this great journey is indeed a natural and purposeful approach we are very happy about!
Nikon France is proud to support the Energy Observer project, in line with the brand’s values, namely discovery, perfection through innovative technology, and human commitment.
The Japanese brand NIKON, born in 1917, is the world leader in numerical imaging and optical precision. The French branch, created in 1987 and based in Champigny sur Marne, which president is Mr Benoît de Dieuleveult, distributes Nikon’s products in France. Nikon France is organised in two business units. The Picture division distributes the photography equipments (individual cameras, lenses NIKKOR, action cameras) and binoculars. The Instruments unit distributes microscopy systems for research purposes, medical applications and the biology industry.
Created by lovers of the underwater world, SCUBAPRO is the most iconic scuba diving equipment brand on the market. SCUBAPRO, which stands as a benchmark in terms of innovation, performances, reliability and sustainability, is proud to support Energy Observer, aligned with the brand’s values for ocean protection, through its energy-efficient and ecological production processes, because it is our duty to protect the ecosystems we love to explore.
The House of Laurent-Perrier is acknowledged today for its excellence the world over. Each wine has been born out of an innovative boldness,a creative impulse and a longstanding quest for pleasure. Each of the cuvées in the range are linked by a common signature, marked by freshness, purity and elegance. The quality of the wines and Laurent-Perrier's approach to sustainable development are at the heart of its activities: reasoned viticulture and winemaking process. By supporting the Energy Observer project, the House asserts its will to play a role in the conservation of the nature through the protection of environment and the terroir.
ADEME is active in the implementation of public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development. ADEME provides expertise and advisory services to businesses, local authorities and communities, government bodies and the public at large, to enable them to establish and consolidate their environmental action.
As part of this work the agency helps finance projects, from research to implementation, in its areas of action : waste management, soil preservation, energy efficiency and renewable energies, economic use of raw materials, air quality, fighting noise pollution, transition towards a circular economy and fight against food waste.
ADEME is a public body under the joint authority of the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
As a specialist in the treatment of weather data and their publication on all types of devices, www.weathernco.com offers innovative services for both companies and individuals.
The WWW.WEATHERNRIDE.COM portal offers a showcase of this knowledge through providing free and unique global forecasts for almost 3500 watersport spots with data updated every 6 hours and an accuracy reaching 4.5 km across Europe with a one-hourly timestep.
WEATHERNCO pilots these modelling systems and deploys an smart and a unique computing power to offer a high definition weather with a precision that can reach up to 1 kilometre that can be refreshed every half an hour if needed. This capability is now available for many domains and the increase in performance provides with concrete answers to the most demanding projects.
The cooperation with Intel and more specifically during the Olympic Games in Sochi contributed to invest new segments and knowledge and the big data that has been generated adds an additional source of performance that WEATHERNCO and its partners develop to define new user experiences.
Our weather models takes into account the sea surface temperature measured by satellite as well as very local weather patterns caused by the orography or urban areas which can both cause significant effects for coastal sailing. www.weathernride.com is a free showcase that aims to illustrate our know-how.
Mercator Ocean is a privately-owned, not-for-profit profit company, funded by nine major players in operational oceanography worldwide, that are privileged users and key scientific partners of the Copernicus Marine Service : CMCC (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici), CNRS (French National Centre of Scientific Research), Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea), IRD (Institute of Research for Development), Météo-France and the UK Met-Office, NERSC (Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center), SHOM (Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the French Navy), and the Spanish Puertos Del Estado. Mercator Ocean designs, develops and runs forecasting systems based on ocean numerical modelling fed by ocean observations, to describe the physical and biogeochemical states of the ocean at any time, above and beneath the surface, at global and regional scales.
This enables Mercator Ocean to deliver a highly qualified and customized oceanographic service, adapted to any user needing to receive regular or one-off ocean information in specific area at the right time, delivering tailor-made products, maps, or expertise.
Gathering stakeholders involved in the decarbonization of human activities, the association Equilibre des Energies (EdEn) is convinced that reducing green-house gas emissions is a priority and a necessity.
This is why EdEn commits to the ambitious French project whose vocation is to prefigure a clean and CO2-free future energy mix for many versatile fields of application. During the next 5 years, around the world, the vessel will test various embarked solutions powered by solar and wind energy along with green hydrogen.
Our association was sensitive to this initiative that allows us a glimpse at tomorrow’s electrical networks and demonstrates that a CO2-free energy mix is possible. Like EdEn, Energy Observer promotes a synergy between the different energies; working in collaboration will be the only way to reduce green-house gas emissions. This partnership is the opportunity to bring our expertise and our experience to Energy Observer’s crew, along with highlighting in our various medias their Odyssey’s latest news.
Created in 2011, the association Equilibre des Energies (EdEn) is a cross-cutting platform gathering stakeholders from the energy, construction and mobility sectors, in phase with economic and human realities, gathered around one common project: building a better energy society.
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