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.
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.
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.
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 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
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!
ENGIE is committed to take on the major challenges of the energy revolution, towards a more decarbonised, decentralised and digitized world. The Group aims to becoming the leader of this new energy world by focusing on three key activities for the future: low carbon generation in particular from natural gas and renewable energies, energy infrastructures and efficient solutions adapted to all its clients’ needs (individuals, businesses, territories, etc.). The customers’ satisfaction, innovation and digital are at the heart of ENGIE’s development. ENGIE is active in around 70 countries, employs 150,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €65 billion in 2017. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).
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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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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