The Energy Observer is a solar and wind powered circumnavigation.

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The French innovative catamaran Energy Observer continues its round-the-world Odyssey launched in 2017. Almost all the technologies that the catamaran is equipped with were not previously used in sea transport, especially for transoceanic crossings, so the project leaders initially decided to split their trip into several years.

Let me remind you that the Energy Observer catamaran is a ship that does not have fossil fuel engines. Its electric motors are powered by energy generated by solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells created and provided by #toyota. # hydrogen is generated here on board by electrolysis of water, energy for which is provided by the same solar panels. In the first version of the catamaran, the ship’s power plant also included two helicoidal vertical-axis wind generators. Then in their place were put

The first round of the Energy Observer’s World Odyssey in 2017 was limited to visits to port cities in France. Then, in 2018, a Mediterranean tour took place where the easternmost mooring point was Israel. In 2019, the team of the solar hydrogen catamaran sailed from Northern Europe, where they visited the Scandinavian countries, and

In 2020, the team managed to make a transatlantic crossing, through the #Canary Islands and #Cape Verde to the Caribbean islands. They met the end of the year near the Kourou cosmodrome, in French Guiana.

They also visited the most famous long-abandoned French prison, which many know about from the feature film #moth, starring Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman.

In February of this year, the Energy Observer passed through the Panama Canal and entered the Pacific Ocean. After auspicious crossings along California and stops at # long beach and # san francisco, the #energy observer headed towards the Hawaiian Islands. And here the catamaran team had to test the strength of all their innovative # technologies.

During the 15 days of the transition from San Francisco to the Hawaiian archipelago, the Energy Observer covered 4154 km at an average speed of 11.48 km / h.

The storm damaged several solar panels, and the cloudiness did not allow the remaining photovoltaic batteries to work effectively. At the same time, there was a constant strong wind. And here wind generators would be very useful. I think that it would be possible to find the right technical solution, in which both the wind turbines and the Oceanwings sails were in the ship’s equipment.

Currently, the distance covered by the Energy Observer, naturally without spending a single drop of fossil fuel, is

Let me remind you that the Energy Observer catamaran is not the only vessel in the world powered by renewable energy sources. Russia has its own project, with no less impressive results.

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