The boat that supplies itself with energy has set off Paris on a six-year journey around the world, and designers hope it will be a model for future boats without emission of harmful gases. The boat “Energy Observer” uses solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen powered system for power supply. This ship, costing five million euros, started from Paris to the Atlantic.
A futuristic ship, 30.5 meters long, uses sun and wind energy throughout the day, and at night, a hydrogen tank that the ship itself produces by electrolysis of seawater.
Originally designed in 1983 under the supervision of Mike Birch, the boat enjoyed a successful career in open-sea sailing races, including winning the Jules Verne Trophy in 1994, with Peter Blake at the helm.
The Energy Observer project was conceived in 2015 by skippers Frederic Dahirel and Victorien Erussard, with scuba diver and filmmaker Jerome Delafosse also behind the project.