Odyssey for Energy Observer. Inevitably impacted by the global pandemic, the journey around the world requires the teams to adapt to the multiple local health guidelines.
Commenting on the announcement, Victorien Erussard, Captain and Founder of Energy Observer, said, “Through this second phase of the Odyssey, we are keen to share a whole other world with you… A world where the impact of energy production is tolerable for the environment. A world where moving around no longer causes pollution or respiratory diseases. A world where man coexists with other species, maintains the ecosystems and benefits from the experience of nature.” “Energy Observer is an experimental platform for tomorrow’s energies. She is an intelligent, revolutionary boat which navigates the oceans without damaging the planet. Her electric propulsion is fuelled by renewable energies: sun, wind and marine currents. However, what makes her unique is her capacity for storing her energy in the form of hydrogen produced from seawater, a technology which enables her to navigate the globe entirely self-sufficiently.” The Odyssey The boat cast off from Le Marin in early February. After passing through the Panama Canal, she made landfall on 24 February in the Galapagos Islands, a Biosphere Reserve created by Unesco to discover a unique ecosystem, which was a huge source of inspiration for Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.
Next up on the itinerary will be California, a hotbed of innovation and an accelerator of ecological transition in North America: a sea passage spanning nearly 3,000 nautical miles with two stopovers scheduled in Los Angeles and San Francisco, health conditions permitting.
After a stopover in the Golden State, the crew is expected to embark on its first Transpacific passage, with an unmissable stopover in Hawaii before journeying to Tokyo Bay for the Olympic Games.
Here, Victorien Erussard will have the honour of being among the torch bearers relaying the Olympic flame, which will be powered by hydrogen for the very first time. It’s a highly symbolic step in this planetary event, which serves to highlight the latest innovations in technology and energy.
Energy Observer will then set a course for Busan, in South Korea, followed by Shanghai in China, before rounding off its season in Vietnam. These countries stand out through some ambitious energy policies built around hydrogen technologies. Cars, subway trains, buses, lorries, dwellings: the applications are multiple with a far greater abundance than in Europe. It is these everyday uses which Energy Observer wishes to draw inspiration from.
In 2022, the laboratory vessel will continue her journey to Singapore, then on to India and the Middle East, with a stopover in Dubai, on the invitation of France Pavilion during the World Expo. The Indian Ocean, Africa and South America will complete the Odyssey, with one last major international stopover: New York. Here, the first French ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals, Energy Observer will come alongside at Hudson Quay, the UN’s headquarters.
Finally, in 2024, the Energy Observer team wishes to round off its expedition by completing a final tour of France.
Indeed, the aim is to share all the sustainable initiatives and solutions it has discovered on its journey around the world. All in all, it’s set to be an historic year for France which, taking up the baton from Tokyo, will be stepping up to host the Olympic Games, whose ecological ambitions in terms of environmental impact will be truly unprecedented.