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It sure seems that ev­ery­one is look­ing to dip their toes into the lu­cra­tive pool of fu­ture tech. Toy­ota Europe re­cently an­nounced that it would con­tinue putting its el­lip­ti­cal stamp on the world’s first hy­dro­gen ves­sel. The En­ergy Ob­server, as this Bond-look­ing ves­sel is of­fi­cially known, emits no green­house gasses as it uses a text­book-read of re­new­able en­ergy meth­ods to pro­duce car­bon­free hy­dro­gen from, ul­ti­mately, sea­wa­ter. Last year, the hy­dro­gen-pow­ered ves­sel em­barked on a six-year jour­ney to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe and visit 50 coun­tries. Part of its mis­sion is to dock at 101 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions where the crew will meet with in­no­va­tors and pioneers of sus­tain­able en­ergy so­lu­tions for the fu­ture. At the time of writ­ing, the En­ergy Ob­server has just de­parted the tourism mecca of Venice.

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