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Retired racing cat to run on wind, sun and hydrogen

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Retired racing cat to run on wind, sun and hydrogen

Science et Environnement

Energy Observer, a retired racing maxi-catamaran is being equipped with an innovative renewable energy system using wind, sunshine and hydrogen.

As a racing maxi-catamaran, she won the 1994 Jules Verne Trophy; today, renamed Energy Observer, she is being turned into a revolutionary beast that will run entirely on wind, sunshine and hydrogen. The conversion is being done in Saint-Malo, France, and is scheduled for completion “this coming spring,” says Victorien Erussard, the boat’s energetic skipper. Following trials, the Energy Observer will set off on a six-year, round-the-world, zero-fossil fuel trip — an incredible gamble technically and a huge adventure for the crew.

For the moment, around 50 sailors, naval architects and engineers are working around the clock and seven days a week on what will be not only a laboratory, but also an