ENERGY OBSERVER, THE FIRST SHIP PROPELLED BY RENEWABLE ENERGIES AND HYDROGEN
Energy Observer, the first ship propelled by renewable energies and hydrogen, dropped anchor in Valencia in late August as part of a six-year-long project, when it is planned to visit 50 countries, with 101 ports of call. The vessel was made in Canada in 1983 to compete in transoceanic regattas and it has been owned by different people, under different names and won several prizes. Back in 2015, Frederic Dahirel and Victorien Erussard submitted their project to the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and the Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials and they succeeded. This is the first electrically propelled ship to use a combination of renewable energies and hydrogen production system, with sea water taking center stage. The vessel produces all the energy it needs and it does not discharge any greenhouse gas or polluting particles.