Sail­ing Into The Fu­ture With En­ergy Ob­server

Toy­ota Motor Europe to spon­sor hy­dro­gen ves­sel on the next step of its global voy­age

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Launched in 2017 in Saint-malo, France, En­ergy Ob­server is a ve­hi­cle to demon­strate and share so­lu­tions for ex­tract­ing en­ergy harm­lessly from na­ture. En­ergy Ob­server show­cases tech­nolo­gies that will sup­port to­mor­row's en­ergy net­works to make them ef­fi­cient and ap­pli­ca­ble on a large scale. It is this model, based on a mix of re­new­able en­ergy sources and en­ergy stor­age that the En­ergy Ob­server team will pro­mote on their world­wide tour.

En­ergy Ob­server is the first au­ton­o­mous hy­dro­gen ves­sel that emits no green­house gases or fine par­ti­cles. This elec­tri­cally pro­pelled ves­sel of the fu­ture op­er­ates by us­ing a mix of re­new­able en­er­gies and a sys­tem that pro­duces car­bon-free hy­dro­gen from sea­wa­ter. This jour­ney is both a hu­man and tech­no­log­i­cal chal­lenge. A six year odyssey to test on­board tech­nol­ogy in ex­treme con­di­tions. An en­deav­our to nav­i­gate the first en­ergy au­ton­o­mous boat around the globe. In ad­di­tion, the crew led by Vic­to­rien Erus­sard and

Jérôme De­lafosse, is also search­ing for so­lu­tions to cham­pion an eco­log­i­cal en­ergy tran­si­tion.

Hy­dro­gen is at the very heart of the En­ergy Ob­server project and the ma­jor rea­son for Toy­ota Motor Europe's par­tic­i­pa­tion. On board the boat, it al­lows the ves­sel to gain a con­sid­er­able weight ad­van­tage (50% of the dis­place­ment of the ship) when com­pared to an exclusive bat­tery stor­age solution. Used as an en­ergy stor­age means, it is key to over­com­ing the is­sue of the in­ter­mit­tent sup­ply of en­ergy both on land and at sea, to ex­ploit sur­plus en­ergy and thus ex­tend the au­ton­omy of both mo­bile and sta­tion­ary in­stal­la­tions.

Af­ter sail­ing in France in 2017, now in the Mediter­ranean and on to North­ern Europe in 2019, En­ergy Ob­server aims to reach Tokyo in time for the Olympic Games in 2020. Dur­ing its ex­pe­di­tion, as France's chief am­bas­sador for the UN'S 17 sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals, the En­ergy Ob­server team is pro­duc­ing doc­u­men­tary con­tents about con­crete and reliable so­lu­tions, around the world. Their en­coun­ters and dis­cov­er­ies will be broad­cast through a web-se­ries that will be shared on so­cial me­dia.

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