Self-Refueling Boat Sets Sail From Paris On Six-Year Journey
A former race boat turned emissions-free has set its sails on the Seine River in Paris for a six-year journey in July 2017.
An initiative to create a vessel efficient enough to refuel itself, designed by Frederic Dahirel, Victorien Erussard and a French research institute, has culminated in the production of the Energy Observer project. A boat originally designed in 1983, which has witnessed a successful career in open-sea sailing races has been converted into a boat equipped with solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system, which will be powered by the sun, wind, and self-generated hydrogen.
The US$5.25 million boat has set its course from a shipyard in St. Malo to 50 countries across the globe as part of its six-year circumnavigation. The revolutionary-looking 100-foot boat will be powered by the sun activating its solar panels during the day, the wind energizing its wind turbines and hydrogen reservoirs generated by electrolysis of the sea water, during the night.
“To convert 100 percent renewable energies by 2050, transportation worldwide be transformed into a combination of battery-electric transport and hydrogen fuel cell-battery electric hybrid” said Mark Z. Jacobson, an engineering professor at Stanford University who develops roadmaps for countries.
This sustainable energy model is a breakthrough for energy networks in the near future. This boat is merely a demonstration that there are various solutions for energetic transition which are all present in nature.
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