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Another step forward in 2019: thermal storage

To avoid losing the energy dissipated as heat, the Energy Observer engineers installed a recovery system for the heating and hot water used in the living quarters nacelle.

The interior of the central gondola with the kitchen on the left, the monitoring in the middle and the workspace on the right

During the first stage of the expedition, the crew were able to instantly recover 5kW thanks to an exchanger.

From 2019, the intermittence of three sources of heat will be improved in the storage: the fuel cell, the electrolyser and the converter to reach 20 kWh. This is a substantial advantage for the crew who head into the cold North and Baltic Seas in March.