Vessel Aiming Zero Emissions Round the World Voyage is Launched
The vessel is able to generate hydrogen from 130 m2 of solar panels, two wind turbines, a traction kite, and two reversible electric motors.
The Energy Observer vessel is slated to to embark on a zero-emissions around-the-world voyage in May. Image: Energy Observer
The Energy Observer, a hydrogen-powered yacht slated to embark on a zero-emissions around-the-world voyage, Friday was launched into the sea, local media reports.
The vessel, which will set sail next month from Paris, aims to be the "first hydrogen vessel around the world."
"Energy Observer is an odyssey around the world on the search for innovative solutions for the environment. 6 years, 50 countries, and 101 stopovers, to go and meet people who are designing tomorrow's future, and to prove that a cleaner world is possible," explains the Energy Observer project team.
The vessel's expedition will be led by Victorien Erussard, an offshore racer and Energy Observer Captain, and explorer Jérôme Delafosse.
Faced with the pressing need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the development of renewable energies is the clear path forward.
The vessel is said to be able to generate hydrogen from 130 m2 of solar panels, two wind turbines, a traction kite, and two reversible electric motors - understood to be the first vessel to be able to produce its own fuel without any Greenhouse gas emissions.
Erussard and Delafosse are said to have developed the technology with French research centre CEA-LITEN.
"Faced with the pressing need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the development of renewable energies is the clear path forward. However, these energies are by nature variable and intermittent, and therefore require the development and optimisation of energy storage methods," explains Energy Observer.
"Among them, hydrogen, the most abundant chemical element in the universe, demonstrates a little more every day its immense potential as an energy vector capable of recovering renewable energies."
While the technology onboard Energy Observer is small scale and experimental, it showcases what the future may hold for larger, commercial vessels.
Skangas duel fuel LNG carrier Coral Energy (image credit/Skangas)
Liquified natural gas (LNG) bunker tanker Coralius has made its first trip loading and delivering LNG to and from Norwegian ports, according to trade press reports.
The 5,800 cubic meter capacity tanker, which is owned by Norwegian gas company Skangas, was delivered to the company in June. Skangas also operates LNG carrier Coral Energy.
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