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    1. Monaco The Innovations

      A Hydrogen-focused Edition for the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge

      Organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco, this event is unique in the world as it demonstrates the true commitment of researchers, future engineers, and professionals to carbon-free yachting. And hydrogen solutions were largely rewarded!
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    2. Paris, FR The Innovations

      The challenges of the REXH2

      While the crew of Energy Observer continues to navigate the Atlantic without being able to set foot on land, another team is holding its breath: that of Energy Observer Developments (EODev), whose REXH2 is currently sailing on the first hydrogen vessel around the world.
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    3. Fort de France, Martinique The Innovations

      Appraisal of a transatlantic passage in solitude

      Energy Observer’s first transatlantic passage, from Finistère to Martinique, served as a test bed for this year’s key innovations in renewable energies aboard the floating laboratory.
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    4. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      A fuel Cell with the logo of Toyota Fuel Cell

      A new fuel cell on board Energy Observer for the 2020 odyssey!

      Toyota and Energy Observer Developments (EODev), a subsidiary of Energy Observer and an incubator for affordable hydrogen mobility solutions, have jointly developed a fuel cell system integrating the fuel cell within the Toyota Miraï to equip Energy Observer, the first hydrogen ship around the world.
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    5. Paris, France The Innovations
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      Proud to announce the launch of industrial activities for EODev

      During the “Hydrogen, the Right Move at the Right Time” day, organized by AFHYPAC at the “Maison de la chimie”, Energy Observer announces the launch of Energy Observer Developments’ industrial activities, thus confirming its desire to deploy clean systems for everyone.
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    6. Monaco, Monaco The Innovations
      A 3D visual representing a car stopping at a hydrogen station

      Energy Observer Developments: from expedition to H2 solutions

      During the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, Energy Observer announces the launch of Energy Observer Developments. The ambition of this new phase of the project is to propose disruptive, innovative, optimized and accessible solutions to various maritime and port communities.
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    7. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations

      Double battery and hydrogen storage of Energy Observer

      Energy Observer chose complementary storage systems: short-term storage in a set of Li-Ion batteries, and eight hydrogen tanks for long-term storage.
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    8. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      The Energy Observer compressor

      The hydrogen chain step 3: The Energy Observer compression

      Hydrogen has a very high energy content: for the same weight, it contains up to three times more energy than diesel, and 2.5 times more than natural gas. That said, we know how to store natural gas in tanks or pipelines. Storing hydrogen is more difficult.
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    9. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Picture of the electrolyser

      The hydrogen chain step 2 : the Energy Observer electrolyser

      Currently, 95% of the world’s hydrogen supply is from fossil fuel, through a reforming process using methane, the main component of natural gas. Electrolysis using a renewable energy source is a solution for the future use of green hydrogen on a large scale.
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    10. Saint-Malo, FR The Innovations
      Picture of the Energy Observer onboard technologies (watermaker)

      The hydrogen chain step 1: the Energy Observer watermaker

      The Energy Observer is equipped with a reverse-osmosis desalination system with several levels. When two volumes of water – one salty and the other not – are put together, natural movement is created: the fresh water is attracted to the salty water.
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    11. 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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