A self-sufficient boat run entirely on emission-free energy is
set to embark on its maiden voyage around the world.
The website Eco
Watch reports that the Energy Observer is a multi-hulled catamaran and former
racing vessel, that’s being converted into a green vessel.
It will be
equipped with 130 square meters of solar panels, two vertical axis wind
turbines, and two reversible electric motors. The vessel will also be fitted
with electrolysis equipment to produce hydrogen from seawater.
technology allows the boat to run on solar and wind power during the day. At
night, or when there is no sun or wind, stored hydrogen will be used to power
the boat’s fuel cells.
The Energy Observer will begin a six-year-long
journey in spring, stopping in 50 countries and 101 ports of call as it
circumnavigates the globe.
The 4.2 million euro green powered boat is
currently sitting in a shipyard in Saint Malo, France, awaiting the start of its