2018-07-10 20:41:14 UTC
The ship is circling the planet without the benefit of fossil fuels.
The tour: The Energy Observer is a Toyota-sponsored vessel on a
six-year global tour powered by solar, wave, hydrogen, and wind (yeah,
this one isnt that revolutionary) power. During that time it will
visit 50 countries, including Italy, where it will stop today in
How it works: The ship removes the salt and ions from ocean water, and
then separates it into its base elements: hydrogen and oxygen. The
hydrogen is stored until it's needed for fuel. Solar panels and wind
turbines supplement the power.
Why it matters: The crew is determined to show the feasibility of
hydrogen powerwhich has struggled to find a practical and affordable
everyday useboth at sea and on land. As the ships captain, Victorien
Erussard, told Wired, the idea with this ship is to prove a potential
energy system of the future.
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