Energy Observer uses energy from renewable sources (11 photos + video)
Marine ship Energy Observer preparing to go on the first voyage around the world. The uniqueness of crafts, consists of a renovated catamaran is for a full environmental clean of its energy system, which runs using solar energy, wind and hydrogen. The innovative system allows to produce hydrogen from water by electrolysis — splitting NA into oxygen and hydrogen.
Working on upgrading Energy Observer being in France in the town of Saint-Malo (Brittany). The project involved about 50 engineers and workers. On the catamaran, whose length is about 30 meters, installed wind turbines, solar panels and an electrolyzer to split water and produce hydrogen, allowing to produce energy in cloudy and windless days, when the traditional energy is wind and sun available. Furthermore, the motor Energy Observer can operate in the mode of the generators during a movement under sails, and to generate additional electricity.
The aim of the project is the Commission circumnavigation in a fully Autonomous power to prove a real alternative to conventional energy resources — oil, gas and coal. Work on the project took about three years and has led to an increase in the mass of the vessel up to 20 tons (twice the base). For the project enthusiasts have spent about 5 million euros. During the expedition, the Energy Observer will come in more than 50 countries and will visit more than 100 ports. For the environmental movement of the vessel will be broadcast in social networks. Journey around the world takes about 6 years. The first stop is planned in the city of Paris.