Self-sufficient hydrogen boat embarks on 6-year journey around the world

July 17, 2017 by  
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The world watched in anticipation as the groundbreaking Solar Impulse 2 plane circumnavigated the globe last year. Now, the “Solar Impulse of the Seas” has set sail, aiming to demonstrate in a fresh way that clean energy can power our world. Dubbed Energy Observer , the solar- , wind- , and hydrogen -powered catamaran will sail to 50 countries over the course of six years. Solar panels line the top of the Energy Observer, and two vertical axis wind turbines harness the power of the wind, but those aren’t the only energy sources that make this vessel self-sufficient . The boat is able to generate hydrogen from seawater thanks to an electrolysis system. That hydrogen, stored in tanks, will help the Energy Observer glide through the waves emissions-free. The project was started by French offshore racer Victorien Erussard, accompanied by French explorer and filmmaker Jérôme Delafosse. Related: Energy Observer to sail around the world using only solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel The Energy Observer is equipped with technologies like electric motors, lithium-ion batteries , and a hydrogen fuel cell . It’s around 100 feet long and 42 feet wide, with solar panels covering 1,400 square feet atop the catamaran. Built in 1983, the Energy Observer has already had a long career as a racing boat, but was recently christened earlier this month by France’s environment minister Nicolas Hulot. Energy Observer left Paris this past weekend with mayor Anne Hidalgo aboard. Erussard said on the boat’s website, “There is not one miracle solution to combat climate change : there are solutions which we must learn to operate together. That’s what we are doing with Energy Observer: allowing nature’s energies, as well as those of our society, to collaborate.” And though the boat draws on different technologies than the Solar Impulse 2, it apparently has the approval of pilot Bertrand Piccard , who was present at the christening ceremony. He said, “Energy Observer, just like Solar Impulse, makes exploration work for a better quality of life. We need to lead people towards the future by showing them solutions instead of depressing them.” You can track where the Energy Observer is here and find out more here . + Energy Observer Via ScienceAlert Images via Energy Observer ( 1 , 2 )

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Geothermal-powered ferry terminal in Stockholm has a public park on its roof

November 7, 2016 by  
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The new terminal references the shapes of moving marine vessels and the surrounding area’s cranes and warehouses . It functions as a natural extension of the urban fabric. It slowly emerges from the ground to allow city inhabitants to use its roof as a public park . Varied green landscapes with stairs, ramps and niches create a beautiful environment where people can stroll and have relaxing moments while enjoying the view of the ferries, the archipelago, and the city skyline. Related: C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition The building is powered by solar and geothermal energy , distributed through integrated systems. Self-sufficient and aiming for a LEED Gold certification, the new terminal is expected to become both architecturally and environmentally a new landmark for the Norra Djursgårdsstaden development area. + C.F. Møller Photos by Adam Mørk

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Solar-Powered Modular Cabin Exists Completely Off-the-Grid in Australia

September 25, 2014 by  
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Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

July 1, 2014 by  
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Thousands Without Water in Detroit a Human Rights Violation, UN Says

July 1, 2014 by  
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Human rights experts from the United Nations have expressed their concern about reports of widespread water disconnections throughout the city of Detroit in households unable to pay water bills. The three experts, who specialise in human rights relating to water and sanitation, adequate housing, and extreme poverty, said that “disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights.” Read the rest of Thousands Without Water in Detroit a Human Rights Violation, UN Says Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: City of Detroit , detroit , Michigan , United Nations Human Rights Index , water bills , water disconnections , water shortages

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

March 19, 2014 by  
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GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

September 2, 2013 by  
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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

June 7, 2013 by  
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N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

March 6, 2013 by  
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Off-Grid and Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat in Amsterdam Opens Like a Cupboard

March 6, 2013 by  
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