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Jules Verne 2, a new hydrogen-powered passenger vessel

This vessel runs on two fuel cells of 5kW each, both equipped with electrochemical batteries powered by hydrogen.For supply, Jules Vernes 2 will have a hydrogen station, which will be temporarily installed in Port Boyer. Currently under construction, this hydrogen station will be fueled by the official supporter of Energy Observer and the world leader in gases and technologies for industry and health, Air Liquide.

Picture of the Navibus in Nantes

“Since the reintroduction of the tramway, Nantes has been innovating to develop travel solutions that are cleaner for the environment. This hydrogen-powered vessel is a new solution which will meet the challenge of energy transition.”

Bertrand Affilé, Mayor of Saint-Herblain & Nantes Métropole VP

With this power supply and operation of fuel cells, the vessel will only discharge water. Silent, non-polluting and rapid-charging, the vessel will be able to carry 12 passengers and 6 bicycles on board, that is a total of 80,000 people a year.In the end, it will completely replace the current ferryman Erdre.

Having been in the testing phase on the Loire for several months now, Jules Vernes 2 also escorted Energy Observer upon its arrival in Nantes last September.