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Last month, the first around the world hydrogen-powered boat, Energy Observer set off on a world tour. Its goal is to be the first ship capable of producing its hydrogen “live” during stopovers and navigation. It will act as a floating smart grid system, absorbing solar, wind and wave energy. It draws its power directly from the nature, without harming it.
This experimental science vessel will travel around the world during 6 years, navigating through 50 countries and stopping in 101 ports of call.Toyota France provided the crew with 8 vehicles to be used during each layover in the cities: 6 from the Toyota hybrid range and 2 Mirai.
This initiative is led by Victorien Erussard, an offshore sea racer and Merchant Navy Officer, and Jérôme Delafosse, an explorer and documentary director. It is sponsored by Nicolas Hulot, French Minister of “Transition Ecologique et Solidaire”, and Florence Lambert, Director of CEA-Liten*.The team is highly passionate, determined to create a tightly-knit community engaged in contributing to a sustainable future.
“We are proud to be part of such an ambitious project for the good of our planet. The project shares the same ecological values and eagerness for energetic transition as exemplified by the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Toyota hybrid in the world and this support is an important step in the deployment of our hydrogen strategy that will reach its pinnacle at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.”Didier Gambart, President of Toyota France
The Energy Observer will be in the following cities in France : Cherbourg from 26th August to September 3rd, Nantes from 9th to 17th September, Bordeaux at the end of September, then Marseille in October, Toulon in November and Monaco in December. The boat will then travel around the Meditteranean before heading to Northern Europe on its next leg.
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