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A warm welcome to the Energy Observer laboratory, where engineers, researchers and scientists are developing innovations, which will make renewable energies a reality for all.

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    1. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Photo of drone taken from the top of the boat crossing the Corinth Canal

      ‘Haute Couture’ solar panels for Energy Observer

      Energy Observer has been examined with a fine-tooth comb. Every nook of its decks, floats and infrastructure is now fitted with custom photovoltaic panels. A technical conundrum for Hugo Devedeux, on-board engineer who is in charge of the solar component of the experimental catamaran optimization project.
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    2. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      The CEA-Liten fuel cell

      The Energy Observer Fuel Cell

      The fuel cell is the centrepiece of the hydrogen chain. It converts the hydrogen into electricity by reversing the electrolysis process. The system on Energy Observer was tailor-made by CEA-Liten engineers and provides 20 kW of pure electric power.
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    3. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Photo of drone taking water from the boat in the middle of the water

      Energy Observer is assessing its hydrogen system

      The experimental catamaran has clocked up 16 months of full-on sailing. Roland Reynaud, engineer on board, and Didier Bouix, engineer at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA-Liten) carried out a full check of Energy Observer’s on-board hydrogen chain. And all’s well!
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    4. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Energy Observer from the front in navigation

      The wind, a challenge for maritime transport

      Wind may be an infinite resource at sea, but its exploitation remains a challenge for large-scale maritime transport. During the first campaigns around France and in the Mediterranean sea, the Energy Observer tested two vertical-axis wind turbines for producing energy, and a traction kite to reduce energy consumption.
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    5. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Energy Observer is lifted by a crane out of the water

      Three months of optimization work for Energy Observer

      Energy Observer has just come out of the water for a three-month technical pause. Three months of work during which the hydrogen powered catamaran will undergo optimizations and transformations before taking up its world tour again next spring.
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