A boat that fuels itself set off on a six-year journey around the world from Paris that its designers hope will serve as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future. The 5 million-euro ($5.25 million) Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip. The 30.5-metre boat will rely on sun or wind during the day and tap into its hydrogen reservoirs at night. It produces its own hydrogen through electrolysis of sea water.Originally designed in 1983, the boat enjoyed a successful career in open-sea sailing races before skippers Frederic Dahirel and Victorien Erussard and a French research institute converted it into the Energy Observer project..................Read more


Source: The Times Group

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