French shipping company CMA CGM has announced it is to team up with Energy Observer – the first hydrogen-powered vessel to take on a round-the-world voyage – to develop and promote hydrogen as a viable future large vessel fuel.
Designed in 1983 as a maxi-multihull race boat, Energy Observer is now circumnavigating the globe generating hydrogen power from seawater using on-board renewable sources of electricity, such as solar, wind and hydropower.
Hydrogen has the potential to generate up to four times more energy than coal, and three times more than diesel, without producing greenhouse gases or fine particle emissions.
CMA CGM and Energy Observer experts will now pool their expertise and knowledge to develop technological solutions, with CMA CGM also contributing its shipping and logistics expertise to the Energy Observer project.
A new Energy Observer village – made from converted containers – will be transported around the world by CMA CGM, using its global logistics network, to present the latest technological innovations to industry audiences and raise awareness about ecological transition issues.
“With CMA CGM’s huge experience in the shipping industry, our respective engineers have every chance of achieving our ambitious but increasingly realistic goals,” says Victorien Erussard, Energy Observer’s founder and captain.
“We are all driven by the same passion for technology and a desire to develop alternative environmentally-friendly energy solutions.
“The ocean is something we all share, and it is time for us to share our skills in order to protect it.”