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8 Jul. 2020 A journey of exploration to the heart of a new branding universe

Launched as a laboratory vessel, Energy Observer has spearheaded numerous projects and taken on some sizeable challenges in a bid to switch ecological transition up a gear.

This rapid evolution has led her to a turning point in her history, prompting the re-examination of her brand strategy and the framework for her development over the coming years.

Energy Observer, an evolving brand

Energy Observer was launched in 2017 with the aim of being the first vessel to circumnavigate the globe entirely self-sufficiently thanks to renewable energies and hydrogen, without emitting any polluting emissions (fine particles, CO₂) or noise. This is innovation at the service of nature and the widest possible audience and it is the essence of a project that has enabled us to go further than we could ever have imagined. From becoming France’s first ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals, to producing exclusive documentary films and creating Energy Observer Developments to push the envelope with zero-emission technologies, the project is really taking on a whole new dimension. Today, the project is about so much more than a floating laboratory, indeed it is a powerful symbol of awareness.

4 Jun. 2020 The CNES, a new scientific partner for Energy Observer

In order to successfully complete its mission to promote renewable energies and raise awareness about the challenges of the energy and ecological transition, Energy Observer is teaming up with the CNES (France’s National Centre for Space Studies).

Through its various space missions and its research activities, France’s National Centre for Space Studies is helping to combat climate change. Indeed, solely the satellites can cover the phenomena at work on a planetary scale and document more than half the key climate variables outlined by the scientific community.

Whether it is a question of the evolution in the height of the oceans, monitoring of the chemical make-up of the atmosphere or the analysis of the terrestrial biomass, satellite data plays a crucial role in our ability to better understand the evolution in the climate and the extent of its impact.

A satellite in orbit around the Earth

14 May 2020 An Odyssey to envisage the new world

In a world ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, the crew of Energy Observer, the first vessel powered by renewable energies and hydrogen, has revised its programme, which was originally supposed to lead her to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic Games.

Captain Victorien Erussard and Expedition leader Jérôme Delafosse and their crew cast off from Fort-de-France last week to continue their Odyssey which will take them from the Caribbean Sea to the Amazon jungle and through to the golden triangle of biodiversity in the Pacific​.

Over the course of this two-month Odyssey, the crew – which also comprises Francine Kreiss, freediver-reporter, Katia Nicolet, a doctor in marine biology and Fitzgérald Jégo, an explorer – will film, photograph, bear witness to and decipher the remarkable ecosystems.

An Energy Observer's crew member diving in Martinique

7 May 2020 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.

Thanks to the optimised synergy of her new fuel cell system developed with Toyota, her automatic wings, her new solar panels and her innovative propellers, this long passage could be completed totally self-sufficiently in terms of energy with a hither to unprecedented level of performance.

This transatlantic passage has validated the reliability of this self-sufficient mini- network of energy. So much so, that one could now confidently envisage weeks of exploration in the most remote biodiversity sites, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos, even when a stopover is prohibited and the majority of boats are pinned to the dock.

That’s lockdown at sea then, albeit in complete autonomy thanks to the wind, the sun... and the features of the most common molecule in the universe: hydrogen.

Hydrogen assets and solar panels in Energy Observer while sailing

22 Apr. 2020 Energy Observer arrives in Martinique !

Within the context of a global health crisis, Energy Observer’s scientific and environmental mission continues. Success for Energy Observer’s first major transoceanic passage entirely self-sufficient in energy.

All the technologies worked perfectly, the vessel’s performance demonstrating how honed its systems are.
Energy Observer is developing solutions for practical applications that respond to the challenges of tomorrow’s decentralised, inclusive, low-carbon world.

On Tuesday 21 April, the first hydrogen vessel powered by renewable energies docked in Fort-de-France (Martinique, Caribbean) after her first transatlantic passage. Setting sail from Saint-Malo, the journey of around 5,000 nautical miles took just over 30 days, during which time it was totally self-sufficient in terms of energy, with no CO2 or fine particle emissions.

Energy Observer is in front of the Diamond Rock in Martinique

3 Apr. 2020 Alone on the Atlantic, Energy Observer adapts to the COVID- 19

Energy Observer does everything possible to ensure that the women and men working within and alongside the project are protected and can carry out their missions in complete safety.

Energy Observer arrived in the Canary Islands on March 25, 2020 after more than 1600 nautical miles since her departure from Saint-Malo.

Having left France before the containment measures, the crew, fortunately in good health, has of course gradually adapted to the containment measures imposed by the countries visited.

Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse were due to embark in the Canary Islands for this first ocean crossing but were forced to abandon it to preserve the health safety of their crew members.

Picture of Energy Observer on the sea

3 Mar. 2020 Energy Observer sets sail from France on a 4-year voyage

On the 2020 programme, the negotiation of 2 major oceans via 9 stopovers spanning 2 continents.

Highlights: Tokyo during the Olympic Games, then 3 major cities within the State of California, the cradle of America’s ecological transition. Next stopover: Bound for Morocco or the Canaries according to the weather conditions.

Energy Observer, the first vessel powered by renewable energies and hydrogen, cast off this Tuesday 3 March on her epic 4-year round the world voyage. Aboard the boat on leaving Saint Malo in northern Brittany is a substantial team that includes her two historical leaders, the two captains, the ship’s engineers as well as engineers from Energy Observer Developments, who will be present to keep an eye on the setting in motion of all the innovative systems in what still promises to be a difficult sea state as far as Portugal. A boisterous introduction awaits then, but this is a key phase in the bid to make the most of a small weather window in the slew of storms sweeping across the North Atlantic in recent weeks.

On the horizon is a highly colourful 2020, which will see the French vessel cross 2 major oceans and make 9 stopovers, with its two leaders, Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, helping to relay the Olympic flame to Japan in early July.

(Video) 2020, the Great Crossing

Energy Observer's crew on the deck

12 Feb. 2020 Destination Tokyo during the Olympic Games and California

20,000 nautical miles (37,000km), 2 oceans, Energy Observer sets a course for Tokyo during the Olympic Games then on to California

Energy Observer is preparing for her big 4-year round the world trip. In 2020, the first hydrogen-powered vessel to be self-sufficient in energy is set to complete the longest offshore crossings in her history, which will take her as far as Tokyo during the Olympic Games, and then on to California. Some new on-board technologies will be tested and optimised during this key stage, giving concrete expression to the project’s renewed ambition: to design, develop and now share clean energy systems.

Since Energy Observer’s launch in 2017, water of all temperatures has flowed between the hulls of this historic race boat, revamped to create a floating laboratory of clean energies. What might have seemed impossible a few years ago has become a reality rooted in the present day and amassing a series of world debuts: the first complete on-board hydrogen production system, the first self-sufficient floating smart grid with 0% polluting emissions, the first vessel to reach the Arctic without fossil fuels and be completely self-sufficient in energy.

Energy Observer leaving St Malo, destination Tokyo

10 Feb. 2020 Energy Observer and CMA CGM join forces

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics and a pioneer in the field of energy transition, is joining forces with Energy Observer, the first hydrogen vessel around the world.

A common ambition: zero-emission shipping

A shared challenge: to deploy hydrogen on a large scale in the shipping industry, combining the innovation of our floating laboratory with the expertise of a world leader in shipping and logistics.

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics and a pioneer in the field of energy transition, is joining forces with Energy Observer, the first hydrogen vessel around the world.

Energy Observer sailing in Svalbard

3 Feb. 2020 Toyota develops a Fuel Cell System for Energy Observer

Toyota develops and delivers specially designed Fuel Cell System to Energy Observer, the first hydrogen vessel to sail around the world.

Adding to the successful partnership since 2017, Toyota further supports the global voyage of Energy Observer with a hydrogen maritime application. The Toyota Fuel Cell System was designed as a modular solution which can also be considered for applications in trucks, buses, marine and stationary use.

Toyota has been involved in the Energy Observer project from the start, because of hydrogen being at the very heart of this amazing journey. During a six-year odyssey, which started in 2017, the Energy Observer team is navigating the first energy-autonomous hydrogen boat around the globe.

The electrically propelled vessel of the future operates by using a mix of renewable energies and a system that produces carbon-free hydrogen from seawater.

A fuel Cell with the logo of Toyota Fuel Cell