This is the Energy Observer, the first hydrogen-powered, zero-emission, and zero-noise vessel to be self-sufficient in energy. The mission behind this eco-friendly beast is “to prove that another future for energy is possible.” Before COVID-19 struck, the vessel was cruising around the world and making stops along the way to advocate and serve as a laboratory for ecological transition.
The Energy Observer’s onboard technologies range from solar, wind, and hydropower to forms of storage and batteries. While on the move, it also harnesses the wind for maximum efficiency. As the most available chemical element in the universe, it reportedly has an energy density that is three times greater than traditional fuels. It also allows excess surplus energies to be stored and their irregularity to be offset.
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While the pandemic may have halted some of the vessel’s itinerary, its goal is still thriving. It continues to represent the power and possibilities of hydrogen, “renewable energies’ best ally.