1. Self fueling boat costing 5 million euro embarks on world trip from Paris

Self fueling boat costing 5 million euro embarks on world trip from Paris

A boat that fuels itself is setting off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future.

By: | Paris | Updated: July 17, 2017 2:03 PM
self fueling boat, paris, self fueling boat paris, boat world tour, enerygy efficient boat, emission free boat, emission free boat paris, paris boat paris news, paris latest news The 5 million-euro (.25 million) boat heads off Saturday from Paris toward the Atlantic. (Associated Press)

A boat that fuels itself is setting off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future. Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip. The 5 million-euro ($5.25 million) boat heads off Saturday from Paris toward the Atlantic.

The futuristic-looking 30.5-meter (100-foot) 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.

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