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    1. Monaco The Innovations
      Picture of an engineer wearing glass while welding

      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. 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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    3. Fort de France, FR The Innovations
      Energy Observer crew is outside of the boat

      Energy Observer, an ambassador of alternative solutions

      The vessel is at the halfway point of the first transatlantic crossing using renewable energies and hydrogen. An “anniversary” that comes in a difficult global context. Interview with Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse.
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    4. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Energy Observer being launched

      Energy Observer back to the sea!

      Our ship of the future has finally returned to its natural element after 3 months out of the water and many improvements on its onboard technologies.
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    5. 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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    6. Amsterdam, Netherlands The Innovations

      Energy Observer integrates a new technology: two Oceanwings®!

      The 18th of April was an expected and important day for Energy Observer, which has equipped itself with a new technological brick for wind propulsion: two Oceanwings®, rotating, self-supporting and 100% automated, which will increase the vessel’s speed and produce hydrogen during navigation by sea water electrolysis.
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    7. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      View of the Energy Observer solar surface

      Solar energy, the crew’s number one ally

      Solar energy is the primary source of energy production aboard the Energy Observer. The team enjoyed optimal sunshine whilst navigating in the Mediterranean where they fully exploited the potential of the photovoltaic panels covering the hulls, nacelle and wings of the craft.
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    8. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Energy Observer 3D image with Oceanwings®

      The 2019 new features of Energy Observer

      Already 10,326 nautical miles covered by Energy Observer. Having set out from Saint-Malo in June 2017, the first hydrogen vessel around the world has made 33 stopovers and has been to 14 countries, navigating in France and the Mediterranean with no emissions of greenhouse gases or fine particles.
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    9. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Energy Observer sails with the city of Saint-Malo in the background

      Energy Observer begins its third shipyard

      Energy Observer is of course a marine vessel and a media platform, but above all it’s a floating laboratory. The crew has tasked itself to test, over six years and in extreme conditions, an innovative energy architecture, heralding tomorrow’s energy systems.
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    10. Saint-Malo, France The Innovations
      Nigel Irens sits on the front link arm of the boat.

      Nigel Irens: It's a pleasure to see the new life of the boat

      Francis Joyon, Ellen MacArthur and before them, Mike Birch, winner of the first Route du Rhum and Sir Peter Black, Enza, have put their trust in Nigel Irens to design their record-chasing engines. Energy Observer came off the naval architect’s drawing board in 1983 under the name of Formule TAG.
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