Energy Observer Developments, From Expedition to Innovative Hydrogen Solutions in the Maritime Sector

PARIS, July 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

-- Energy Observer, the first hydrogen vessel around the world, launches
its subsidiary Energy Observer Developments
-- Its objective: to deploy clean hydrogen, throughout the territory
particularly in the maritime sector, and to become the European leader
in low-carbon and decentralised marine energy systems
-- In the long term, nearly 200 technicians and engineers will be hired as
part of a pioneering organization that will develop neutral carbon
After several years and thousands of nautical miles spent validating its innovations, Energy Observer is launching its subsidiary Energy Observer Developments at the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge in Monaco. The ambition of this new phase of the project is to propose disruptive, innovative, reliable and accessible solutions to the various maritime and port communities. To do so, Energy Observer Developments and its partners intend to become a true European leader capable of designing, assembling and distributing zero emission and zero carbon marine energy systems in an industrial way.

Silent, efficient and lightweight, free of fine particles and CO2 emissions, quickly rechargeable, electric propulsion combined with hydrogen storage is now obvious for all heavy transport in the world. China, Japan, Korea, California and the rest of Scandinavia are announcing massive investments in the deployment of clean hydrogen, and Energy Observer Developments wants to make an operational contribution to this energy revolution.

Three complementary solutions are developed in this new structure:

-- The Ecosystems H₂360, which uses Energy Observer's experience in
corrosion, ventilation and hydrogen management in hostile environments
to offer solutions for coastal areas in terms of stations 360. One of
the convictions of Energy Observer, which has been forged with the main
players in the sector, is that hydrogen consumers must be mutualised in
order to be able to produce hydrogen at a competitive price. From this
realistic perspective, maritime transport is strategic and therefore
port areas are a priority.
-- Energy Designer, the design office for the renewable energy mix. Still
thanks to the numerous solar, wind, hydrogenation and flow sharing
experiments, developed on the catamaran Energy Observer, the team's
engineers have a unique experience in realistic innovation. After
recruiting engineers specialized in renewable energies, complementary to
those of the boat, this design office intends to meet the challenges
faced by each territory, company or community, by optimizing the mix of
available energies.
-- GEH₂, the new generation hydrogen generator set. The latter job is
undoubtedly the most ambitious since it involves combining the best
skills in terms of maritime propulsion and energy storage in hostile
environments. The aim is to perfect, assemble and distribute a H₂
generator that can replace diesel generators, with particular attention
to urgent maritime needs. This new product will have to offer a clean,
but also accessible and competitive alternative to combustion engines,
the use of which will eventually be restricted or prohibited in many
maritime or inland waterway areas.
A first investment has been made by some of the main partners and historical shareholders of Energy Observer, in order to deploy the resources and means necessary for this concrete implementation. Several alliances and acquisitions of complementary technical and industrial brick specialists are underway and, in the long term, nearly 200 technicians and engineers will contribute to a concrete and realistic energy transition within one of the pioneers of the zero-carbon industry.

Thus, Energy Observer gives a precise meaning and a real societal dimension to its commitment as a pioneer and ambassador for hydrogen and renewable energies. From a pure technological demonstrator to a committed economic player, the milestone has been reached!

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