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Published: 2020-02-11

Going round the world on hydrogen

Technology Going round the world on hydrogen

Photo: CMA CGM

In an initiative born out of the ambition to one day deliver zero-emission shipping, CMA CGM and Energy Observer teamed up for a project that, for the first time ever, will take a hydrogen-powered vessel on a trip around the world.

Energy Observer, a racing catamaran, now becomes an experimental platform for alternative energy sources. It is able to generate hydrogen from seawater using onboard renewable sources of electricity, i.e. solar, wind and hydropower. The chemical element can produce four times more energy than coal and three times more than diesel, while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions to zero.

The vessel can be seen as a sort of a floating lab, allowing for field experiments related to the use of the aforementioned alternative energy sources.

CMA CGM also plans to create an 'Energy Observer village' constructed out of converted containers and transported by the operator's vessels. It will enable the partners to present their findings and promote green shipping around the globe.

Tanya Saadé Zeenny, Executive Officer, CMA CGM Group, said, "[…] Our partnership will mobilize all of CMA CGM's know-how. Our teams of engineers and R&D experts are already working and our network around the world will be strongly mobilized to ensure the logistical support of Energy Observer's worldwide ports of call."

 Victorien Erussard, Founder and Captain, Energy Observer, added, "[…] We are all driven by the same passion for technology and the desire to develop alternative energy solutions. The sea is something we can all share, and it is time to share our skills in order to protect the ocean, our favourite environment. We are delighted to be joining the 500-plus vessels in the CMA CGM fleet."

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