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Anchors Away: Boat and Ship Power Is Turning Green

9th August 2017

Energy sources that propel ships and boats are going through revolutionary changes that are just as extreme as going from wind to steam power.

Energy Observer (Fig. 1) is an experimental boat that is embarking on a worldwide voyage starting from Paris that will take six years to visit 50 countries and 101 ports of call. A floating laboratory, Energy Observer uses only renewable energy sources to power its propulsion engines.

Victorien Erussard, captain of Energy Observer, said, “What we are doing with Energy Observer is allowing nature’s energies, as well as those of our society, to collaborate. We are bringing, around our project, the knowledge from companies, laboratories, startups, and institutions together.”

 

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