A boat has begun a trip around the world, using primarily solar and wind power.
The ‘self-fueling’ boat will carry the crew around the world, using only renewable energy sources to keep it afloat.
The innovative boat was built in Saint Malo, France, by a team of 50 architects, designers and sailors. The ship does has a fuel-cell system in place but will largely run off stores harnessed from the sun and the wind.
Known as the ‘Energy Observer‘ catamaran, the journey will be uninterrupted as it will never have to make a stop off to refuel at any point. There is a cameraman among the crew who will be documenting every step of the way.
The Energy Observer captain and founder Victorien Erussard spoke about the mission, saying:
“Energy Observer is a technological challenge. We are a type of Solar Impulse of the sea, made in France. The idea is to aim for energy sustainability of the vessel and to use nature plus renewable energies to navigate a world tour completely autonomously,”
The ship has been made from a recycled multi-hull ocean racer boat which has been recycled. It has been fitted out with every type of renewable energy tool you can think of, solar panels, wind turbines and the special hydrogen fuel cell system, which will ensure the boat never runs out of power.
Erussard is confident that this model will attract attention to the idea of ships running from renewable energy.
“Everybody will see this boat, to know it better and then to follow it on social networks and live the adventure from the inside because we will offer innovative content, like the virtual reality,”
The ship set sail from Saint Malo in Brittany, France where it was built. The six year trip will see the ship make over 100 scheduled stops all around the world.
If this project is successful it could pave the way for a fleet of energy-saving ships, in the same way that people are becoming conscious of emissions from cars and other modes of transport.
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