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Energy Observer presents hydrogen solutions for the future

Hydrogen is often cited as one of the vectors for the decarbonization of our industries and our transport. This sector is still in its infancy today. But more and more "media rumors" around this "fuel of the future" attest that the tide is turning, with carbon neutrality in focus in 2050. Therefore, more and more concrete solutions are being explored and more and more technologies are being developed to accelerate the ecological transition. One of the leading project in the transition to hydrogen is Energy Observer. The crew that is leading the project has one objective : traveling the world in a hydrogen vessel, using only renewable energies. The ship left for a six-year round-the-world trip (2017-2022) in order to optimize its technologies and promote sustainable solutions for the energy transition. 

During its stopovers, the Energy Observer crew goes out to meet project leaders in order to put forward concrete solutions to achieve sustainable development objectives. The last few days (20-30 May) marked a turning point in the history of Energy Observer, with its last event : "The Paris of hydrogen". Indeed, on May 25, the Eiffel Tower lit up thanks to an electro-hydrogen group developed by EODev, using certified renewable hydrogen. This unique operation, with national and international media coverage, demonstrated the strong potential of hydrogen. In addition, the event ended with another historic first. Victorien Erussard, the captain and founder of Energy Observer, broke the world record for the distance traveled by a hydrogen vehicle, covering 1003 km of distance on a single 3-minute charge. Learn more about the event here : This project is one of many and hydrogen will occupy an increasingly large place in our societies. For example, announcements concerning hydrogen-powered means of transport are increasing. 

The French railway company should start its first rail tests in 2023. Elsewhere in the transportation world, ships and trucks are also converting to hydrogen. The Hynova 40, the world's first small hydrogen-powered pleasure craft, is about to enter the market phase and the German firm Mercedes launched in early April a test campaign for the Mercedes-Benz GenH2, a truck running on a fuel cell, that they hope to be delivering by 2027. Korean manufacturer Hyundai, with its Xcient, is at an even more advanced stage. Their truck has been carrying out large-scale tests in Switzerland for a year. Smaller-scale initiatives are also developing in France where small companies have entered the market for the electrification of old vehicles, the retrofit. In the air, the horizon is more distant. Airbus, which presented three concepts of aircraft running 100% on hydrogen, is thus advancing entry into service around 2035. The use of hydrogen is therefore presented as a solution for the future, although questions remain, particularly with regard to the production of this resource. 

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Latest update: 02.11.2023