Watch: Futuristic self-fuelling hydrogen boat sets off on epic six-year journey



Associated Press

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

The sleek craft left from Paris for its round-the-world trip.
Source: Associated Press

Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip.

The $6 million boat headed off today from Paris toward the Atlantic.

The futuristic-looking 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.

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