For Accor, first global hotel operator, Energy Observer is much more than a simple operation of sponsorship, it is really an opportunity to engage its employees and its customers in the energy transition. As part of Planet 21, Accor group’s sustainable development programme, the ambition of this partnership is to reproduce, along with the CEALiten, technologies proven by Energy Observer within AccorInvest pilot facilities in order to test them within a hotel environment before considering a largerscale deployment.
Energy Observer is a promising epic that will contribute to propel Accor forward. Each year, the Group consumes over 400 million euros in water and energy. We managed to reduce this consumption by 7% in five years, but we must go even further, and our partnership with Energy Observer and the CEA-Liten will help us do this. By committing ourselves alongside Energy Observer, Accor reaffirms its ambition to be pioneer in today's energy transition. To move faster in the search for new, clean, and sustainable energies- this is the objective of this partnership.
Accor is a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in 4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries. With an unrivalled portfolio of brands from luxury to economy, Accor has been providing hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years.
Beyond accommodations, Accor enables new ways to live, work, and play with food & beverage, nightlife, wellbeing, and coworking brands. To drive business performance, Accor’s portfolio of business accelerators amplify hospitality distribution, operations, and experience. Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs—Le Club AccorHotels.
Accor is deeply committed to sustainable value creation, and plays an active role in giving back to planet and community. Planet 21 – Acting Here endeavours to act for positive hospitality, while Accor Solidarity, the endowment fund, empowers disadvantaged groups through professional training and access to employment.
For AccorInvest, European leader in hotel real estate, this partnership is a fantastic way to actively participate in the energy transition. Accessing to innovations, apprehending and testing them should allow faster transposition and integration of technologies in hotels than the traditional cycle. This is a real opportunity for the Group to be involved in an alternative and major project to federate the AccorInvest teams.
The Energy observer project is a technical and human partnership of compelling intensity. It is a true catalyst of energy between the different teams and constitutes for the Group a source of innovation on energy architecture of buildings of the future.
AccorInvest is both owner and operator of a property portfolio of more than 850 hotels, owned and leased, located in 26 countries of Europe, Latin America and Asia.
The Group invests to consolidate its property portfolio through hotel renovations and new hotel developments in Europe on economy & midscale segments.
Through these actions, AccorInvest pursues a two-fold ambition: guarantee guests service excellence of its hotels and answer to current environmental concerns by reducing carbon footprint of its assets.
To accomplish successfully its development, AccorInvest relies on an international team of more than 30,000 collaborators. These talents practice complementary expertise: a deep knowledge of local conditions and opportunities, know-how in the Asset Management fields, longstanding passionate experts of the hospitality industry who are dedicated to delivering great service and unique guest experience.
AccorInvest place also the innovation at the service of a performance and sustainable developments.
The Group aims not only to build intelligent buildings but also to assure a rational exploitation of its assets in order to reduce their carbon footprint throughout their life cycle. Bounds historically to Accor, AccorInvest entered with the latter, world-class brands owner (ibis®, Novotel®, Mercure®, etc.), into long-term management contracts to offer operational excellence of its hotels. This privileged partnership assures continual enhancement of its hotel portfolio attractiveness and guest satisfaction.
Thélem assurances, one of the major mutual insurance companies in France and already a partner of Victorien Erussard’s sailing project "Défi Voile Solidaires en Peloton", supports the sailor in his new project. It aims to involve its collaborators and employees in this odyssey to find energy transition and sustainable development solutions.
The whole company passionately supports this expedition because it combines innovation as well as social and environmental responsibility. This project completely resonates with Thélem’s preoccupations, such as climate change, a major risk for us as a mutual insurance company, and the search for new solutions to help transform our business so as to continuously be at the service of our members.
With nearly 200 years of experience at the service of its members, Thélem assurances owes its longevity to its ongoing capacity to reinvent itself. With its signature “Thélem assurances innovates for you», it expresses its commitment to evolve its profession, and bring new insurance solutions to its clients.
The relationship with its members is based on an understanding of their needs, the quality of contracts, and a respect towards all commitments.
The Thélem assurances Group engages in the insurance practice of people, assets, and liability for individuals and professionals. Its services are accessible via channels of digital and physical distribution, including 268 branches distributed in 45 departments and 242 brokers, covering almost the entire territory. Thélem assurances is also a supplier of insurance services for distribution partners.
The company achieved a turnover of nearly 334 million euros in 2015, corresponding to a portfolio of 965 348 contracts and of 461 598 members. Its headquarters are located in Chécy, in the Loiret.
For the DELANCHY Group the partnership with Energy Observer has sealed its ambition to initiate energy transition in favor of transport. It is part of the continuity of the sustainable development approach undertaken in its CSR programme.
Moving forward without delay as changes in its activities become necessary, DELANCHY also explores in the field the technologies available in the world of transport and logistics. The Group thus operates a 100% electric refrigerated truck prototype on a daily basis, invests in gas and biogas vehicles, and is considering hydrogen with its various partners.
The Group embarked on the adventure after meeting Victorien ERUSSARD and his crew during the sporting and charitable challenges of the association Solidaires en Peloton - ARSEP.
As the main partner, DELANCHY is also the logistics partner for the Energy Observer village and its shore teams.
Because tomorrow is today.
We continue to believe that the ecology is a collective and individual conscience that concerns the entire world and everybody upon it. The environment is more than ever at the heart of our preoccupations. We are embarking with Energy observer to prove that a cleaner and more respectful future is possible for Mankind and the planet.
This project is in perfect harmony with our will to develop renewable energies for future generations.
#TransportonsLeFutur is our word of order and we are convinced that we will achieve it.
It’s in building the smallest streams that we make the biggest rivers.
Since 1968, DELANCHY Transports has been a family and independent group, specialising in the transport and logistics of seafood and fresh products under positive controlled temperature. Its network of 40 branches (France, Italy, Spain, major air and sea export services), employs 3200 people and operates a fleet of nearly 1000 vehicles.
An expertise of more than 50 years which today allows the DELANCHY Group to meet all types of requests, with services for many customers, from the smallest to the largest groups in the food industry.
Since its creation, the company has never ceased to overcome obstacles, standing out from the very first years by offering just-in-time freight transport between Lorient and Lyon. Her need to create and commit herself is a character trait that has allowed her to evolve and grow in a constantly changing sector, while maintaining a close relationship with the men and women of the company.
As an energy revolution pioneer, ENGIE's goal is to become the leader of a new energy world that is decentralized, digital and carbon-free. ENGIE sees renewable hydrogen as one of the essential but so far missing links in building a more-sustainable energy system and more-sustainable world. ENGIE is already active in hydrogen, to meet industrial needs, to develop sustainable mobility, and to compensate for the intermittency of renewable energies. By becoming an Energy Observer partner, ENGIE is supporting a one-of-a-kind demonstrator to prove the viability of a virtuous, decentralized, digital and carbon-free energy production system.
More than just a boat showcasing innovative technology, ENGIE is supporting an adventure, spanning the globe to identify practical solutions to prove that economic growth can go hand in hand with the common good. ENGIE's teams and people will participate in this adventure by presenting solutions the Group is developing to make and distribute ever cleaner energy, and to help customers – individuals, businesses, and territories – to improve their use of energy.
At ENGIE, we believe that harmonious progress is possible. We are proud to share these aspirations with Energy Observer and to embark on this great adventure, which perfectly unite our expertise with their bold imagination. Together we will now accelerate the pace and identify solutions that combine performance and responsibility: let's reveal them and empower people pioneering a new world!
We are a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy, global networks and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy to all, or mobility, and offer our residential customers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests.
Our integrated - low-carbon, high-performing and sustainable - offers are based on digital technologies. Beyond energy, they facilitate the development of new uses and promote new ways of living and working.
Our ambition is conveyed by each of our 150,000 employees in 70 countries. Together with our customers and partners, they form a community of imaginative builders who invent and build today solutions for tomorrow.
2017 turnover: 65 billion Euros. Listed in Paris and Brussels (ENGI), the Group is represented in the main financial (CAC 40, BEL 20, Euro STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Europe, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, Euro STOXX Utilities, STOXX Europe 600 Utilities) and extra-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).
Energy Observer’s technological and human challenge reflects CCR’s economic and scientific ambition as a public reinsurer of providing comprehensive access to insurance coverage against natural risks and of furthering the study of climate change thanks to its cutting-edge technical expertise and extensive fieldwork experience. Resultantly, CCR actively participates in the prevention of climate risks in a manner that is as concrete as it is ambitious.
We are very pleased to support the Odyssey of Energy Observer because, beyond remedying the consequences of climate change, we are required to invent and disseminate concrete solutions that limit its magnitude. In this regard, the adventure initiated by Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse underscores and is a prime example of France’s know-how in this area.
CCR is a reinsurance group wholly-owned by the State of France and ranks among the top 25 players in international reinsurance. Through the Natural Disaster compensation scheme backed by the State’s guarantee and working in the general interest, it provides the French market with coverage against natural disasters and other exceptional risks. Since January 1, 2017, its subsidiary, CCR Re, operates in the Life, Non-Life and Specialty Lines in France and in sixty countries worldwide.
In conformity with the Natural Disaster compensation scheme established in France in 1982, CCR is accredited to provide, upon the request of the insurer, State-guaranteed unlimited reinsurance coverage against natural disasters arising in France. In this manner, all insureds - private persons, businesses, local municipalities - can benefit from coverage against these risks despite their level of exposure. Thanks to the concerted action of insurers and CCR, the scheme also guarantees quick and certain compensation of incurred losses regardless of their scale.
Air Liquide is supporting to the Energy Observer project, the first boat in the world powered by hydrogen and renewable energies that is also energy self-sufficient and does not emit any greenhouse gases or fine particles. The Group shares with the creators of Energy Observer the determination to develop clean energies.
In nearly 50 years, Air Liquide has mastered a unique expertise of the entire value chain, from production to usage, including storage and distribution.
Convinced that hydrogen is one of the key solutions to address the energy and air quality challenges, the Group has been committed for the last 20 years in developing the hydrogen energy economy, mostly in mobility. Air Liquide supports the deployment of charging stations needed on a worldwide scale (more than 120 worldwide to this day). Air Liquide is a major player in supplying carbon-free hydrogen, mainly the industry and transport sectors.
A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3.6 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
The Energy Observer epic irrigates several areas: outreach of Saint-Malo cradle of the project, preservation of the marine ecosystem, scientific research, etc. By supporting the adventure of this first hydrogen ship, Crédit Maritime Grand Ouest is echoing its history and its future, that of contributing to maritime innovation. These are all common points that have made this partnership a reality since 2017.
Crédit Maritime, a brand operated by Banque Populaire Grand Ouest, has maintained a special relationship with sea lovers since its creation in 1906. It is thanks to this crew spirit that Crédit Maritime has been able to enjoy beautiful crossings for so many years... and for a long time to come!
Crédit Maritime Grand Ouest in a few figures:
˜ 45,000 members
˜ 89,000 customers
˜ 370 employees
For 40 years, Delta Dore has been innovating to put the best of technology within the user's reach and at the service of comfort and energy savings at home and at work.Delta Dore shares with the creators of Energy Observer the willingness to invest in these social issues.
We have been involved in the energy transition for many years. As such, we wanted to mobilize for development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The ship is equipped with Delta Dore solutions for controlling lighting, heating, consumption monitoring and security (alarms) on board.
DELTA DORE is one of the pioneering French companies and market leader in connected home and building solutions.
A long-standing player in the management of comfort and energy, DELTA DORE is part of a constant dynamic of innovation with more than 10% of its revenues invested in R&D. A recognized constant that has enabled the company to anticipate market developments and radically shift from product design to complete solutions integrating mobile applications and associated services.
For 65 years, the women and men of Groupe Lamotte have been committed to meeting challenges. As a leading real estate player in the Atlantic Arc, Île-de-France and Rhône-Alpes, the partnership with Energy Observer is a matter of course for the Group. At the forefront of change, respectful of people and their environment, Lamotte has placed innovation at the heart of its development, practices and achievements in order to imagine a sustainable future for housing. The partnership with Energy Observer is a natural part of this approach with a real sharing of values: challenge, initiative, people and exchange. Energy Observer, a passionate mission, committed and shared by the Lamotte Group.
Draka Fileca,, a subsidiary of Prysmian Group, world leader in the cable industry for power energy and telecommunications, has decided to support the Energy Observer project and is the Official Supplier of the electric cables that equip the boat. The cables supplied by Draka Fileca connect the various renewable energy sources to the engines and allow the supply of all electrical and navigation equipment to the ship. Energy Observer and CEA Liten, the ship’s energy architect, have chosen Draka Fileca’s copper or aluminum- based aerospace cables for performance, reliability and lightness.
Draka Fileca is one of the leading suppliers of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, and all these qualities demonstrated for many years, especially throughout equipment of the complete Airbus range, contribute to the efficiency and relevance of new energy sources implemented on this boat.
After having equipped Solar Impulse, this technical support is in line with our commitment to clean energy and we are proud to contribute once again to the success of an innovative and ambitious project: the Odyssey for the future of Energy Observer
Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With nearly 140 years of experience, sales of over €7.5 billion in 2016, 21,000 employees across 50 countries and 82 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.
SACIB is a company based in Saint-Malo, we love to get involved with local life, projects related to the sea in particular, so we couldn’t miss this truly inspirational, modern day adventure.
Our activity, intimately linked to the environment and innovation, encourages us to evolve towards excellence in renewable energies and new technologies to offer our clients ever more efficient and sustainable housing.
There is no doubt that the research carried out on board the Energy Observer will be a source of inspiration for us in future constructions.
Located in Saint-Malo for almost 45 years, SACIB is the real estate specialist of the Côte d’Emeraude. A family run business backed by 31 employees, SACIB manages 3 complementary activities: property development, construction and an estate agency (transaction, rental and rental management).
Perfect knowledge of the local real estate market, a well-established savoir-faire and an experienced sales team make SACIB the best partner for all your real estate projects in St Malo and its region.
In the photovoltaic sector since 2007, Solbian is now an affirmed manufacturer of flexible solar panels. Born from the encounter between the most important Italian sailor, Giovanni Soldini, and anaffirmed physicist, Marco Bianucci, the Turin-based company represents their will to bring solar energy on boats.
Innovation, efficiency, lightness have become with time the core features of Solbian products. The motto "Freedom powered by the Sun" describes in just a few words the essence of this firm, which year after year has worked hard to guarantee energy independence to its costumers.A company that has been chosen by many affirmed sailors, who have tested the durability and power of these solar panels in the toughest conditions.
Embarking on the Energy Observer project represented the natural course of things for Solbian, as it is driven by the same fundamental motivation, namely the strong belief that the journey to a better future starts with a deeper respect for the environment.
A team of teachers and students from Icam, School of Engineering has developed the wind turbines that equip Energy Observer.
Icam groups together 40 researchers on our 6 French campuses.
Our team in Nantes has rich experiences in Naval industry and Maritime Renewable Energy :
• Modelling the dynamic behavior of metallic and composite immerged structures
• Instrumentation and measurement of embedded structures dynamic behavior
• Composite materials and Recycling
• Energy: design and manufacturing of energy production and management systems
• Composite manufacturing: draping, Resin Infusion, RTM, heating, forming, welding...
• Industrial demonstrators
• Modelling of production workflow
Created in 2009 in Angers, the Ben Touch Group is resolutely focused on new technologies and innovative new surface protection products. This holding company bases its development on a phygital marketing strategy, both in physical stores and on the web. Thanks to its fast-growing companies in various sectors of activity, the Ben Touch Group aims to be fully involved in research. This is why, since its creation, innovation and ecology have been at the heart of its identity.
Today, the Ben Touch Group is the parent company of the French leader in home renovation, Technitoit, and Pr. Phobe, a company focused on the research and marketing of innovative and ecological surface protection products for professionals and individuals alike. The Ben Touch Group and its subsidiary Technitoit were the first SMEs to support and invest in the great Energy Observer project. Since 2012, Benjamin Erisoglu, founder of the Ben Touch Group, has been working with Victorien Érussard and his team to make the dream of a totally energy self-sufficient boat sailing around the world a reality.
The Ben Touch Group and its subsidiaries have been working for many years on new and innovative surface protection solutions. To this end, Benjamin Erisoglu has equipped his company with his own R&D laboratory, Professor Phobe, in which several scientists and researchers are developing new formulas on a full-time basis. Thanks to this research, its subsidiary Technitoit can boast of being the leading manufacturer-applicator in the French construction industry and of using its own products, particularly on roofs and facades. At the same time, the Ben Touch Group wanted to turn to renewable energies by founding Europe Energie. The objective: to help individuals produce their own photovoltaic and aerovoltaic energy. Thanks to Europe Energie's solar solutions, they will be able to recover and consume the electricity and heat produced by the solar panels. The result is significant savings on heating and electricity production bills.
The Ben Touch Group, through its research laboratory, was able to test on Energy Observer a revolutionary new solution for protecting solar panels, the first results of which were very promising. The Ben Touch Group is thus fully involved in the Energy Observer project and in all scientific advances on renewable energies. Convinced that this project will be the precursor of tomorrow's world, the Ben Touch Group is proud to be an integral part of the Energy Observer adventure.
Alexseal is a leading brand in the market for high quality yacht coatings and is owned by German paint specialist Mankiewicz.
Traditionally rooted in the field of interior coatings for aviation, automotive and general industry, Mankiewicz continuously expanded its advanced technology to new business areas. Alexseal offers a complete system of premium paint products specifically designed for substrates such as carbon and fiberglass.
In the realm of environmental protection and sustainability Alexseal is committed to continually improving overall product performance by exceeding global standards and observing legal requirements worldwide. This in combination with the system’s gloss, longelivety and protection capabilities makes Alexseal an optimal partner for the Energy Observer project and its unique requirements.
Alexseal supplied both exterior and interior paint. The portfolio encompassed all products from fairing to topcoats including clear coat with antiskid applied on the solar panels. The bottom of the vessel is painted with an innovative and ground-breaking alternative to regular anti-fouling that is harmless to underwater life and ensures a clean hull in all waters.
For 50 years, Armor Méca has been specialised in high-precision machining for the aeronautics industry. Among its clients are the major names in the sector, such as Airbus, Thalès and Safran. The company, headed by Sébastien Colas, has developed a real expertise in machining titanium and aluminium pieces, as well as in metal additive printing systems for the medical sector. At the fully automated plant in Pleslin-Trivagou, part of Energy Observer’s deck equipement, including mooring cleats, has been made, in addition to the helm system and the wind turbines’ mechanical parts.
Boarding Ring's mission is to improve the passenger's experience in all types of vehicles. We designed and developed the on-board lighting system BOARDING LIGHT to prevent sea sickness. Composed of LED columns cleverly arranged inside the boat, BOARDING LIGHT is able to perceive movement and recreate an artificial horizon line. The sensorial conflict (eye/inner ear) that causes the condition is made impossible, and sea sickness is thus prevented! BOARDING LIGHT improves the comfort and vigilance of all passengers and offers a user experience second to none. Besides being the most effective, our solution is natural, collective, and sustainable. It is also available for other modes of transport.
French leader for the past 7 years, FUGU® conceives and makes innovative architectural structures for event and communication professionals.
Aesthetic, resilient, innovative and nomadic, FUGU® offers multiple structures and solutions: modulated and versatile cubes & containers, geodetic domes, aesthetic stands, customisable tents, stylish presentation tunnels, inflatable furniture.
Supporting Energy Observer is for us an opportunity to go further and contribute to developing tomorrows structures with an ambitious project whilst participating in a wonderful odyssey.
The partnership between HP and Energy Observer is in direct continuity of HP’s aim to develop its sustainable impact and encourage its suppliers to reduce their impact on environment. The values of the Energy Observer project are in complete adequation with HP’s CSR engagements.
For HP France, the partnership with Energy Observer is part of its ongoing commitment to people, communities and the planet. All our research and development is driven by this desire to invent technologies that use clean and environmentally friendly energy. Participating in this project is an opportunity for HP to put its expertise and products at the service of a collective project that encourages and promotes alternative production methods.
We never stop reinventing ourselves at HP. Our objective is to improve everyone’s life around the world. The core of our strategy is to aim for our actions to have a sustainable impact, not only because we are convinced it is the right thing to do, but also because it fuels our drive for innovation, growth and long-term success. Companies nowadays cannot merely generate profit, they need to use their resources and knowledge to tackle societal issues, defend strong values and become beacons for industries, governments and collectivities. HP has always put this concept and these values at the forefront of its everyday operations.
In 1942, HP founder Dave Packard was almost mocked in a Stanford conference when he shared his view that a company was responsible not only towards shareholders, but also towards employees, clients and society as a whole.
A project supported by the AFHYPAC
The French Association for hydrogen and fuel cells (AFHYPAC) brings together the actors of hydrogen in France. With the support of ADEME, it ensures the leadership of this industrial sector for the future.
Energy Observer is the perfect demonstration that hydrogen allows for the integration of renewable energy into our daily lives. By travelling around the world using only renewable energies stored on board in the form of hydrogen, this vessel will complete a world premiere, and open the door to a new era without fossil fuels. Hydrogen is wind and sun stored to continuously power our homes, our offices, and our transport systems. The AFHYPAC supports this project and its team.
In the 16th century, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and other major explorers were exploring new paths and discovering new lands. Today, Energy Observer is an incredible boat that will show the way to a cleaner world, where renewable energies are fully valued, and where hydrogen takes its place alongside other energy carriers.
The Hydrogen Council is a global initiative of leading energy, transport and industry companies with a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition.
Launched at the World Economic Forum 2017, in Davos, the growing coalition of CEOs have the ambition to:
• Accelerate their significant investment in the development and commercialization of the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors.
• Encourage key stakeholders to increase their backing of hydrogen as part of the future energy mix with appropriate policies and supporting schemes.
In the first global initiative of its kind, the Hydrogen Council is determined to position hydrogen among the key solutions of the energy transition. The Council works with, and provides recommendations to, several key stakeholders such as policy makers, investors, international agencies and civil society to achieve these goals.
Hydrogen is a versatile, clean, and safe energy carrier that can be used as fuel for power or in industry as feedstock. It generates zero emissions at point of use when produced from (renewable) electricity or from decarbonised fossil fuels. Its high energy density makes it particularly suitable for energy storage – critical for integration of renewables.
Hydrogen products have progressed massively in recent years and their global market introduction is now accelerating rapidly thanks to growing investment in new large-scale projects, mounting consumer interest and political backing. Players along the value chain are ready to take hydrogen to the next level, which presents a substantial economic and investment opportunity.
As a group of CEOs of leading global businesses, the Hydrogen Council invites policy-makers, investors and civil society stakeholders to acknowledge the contribution and potential of hydrogen as a key element of the energy transition. Together, we seek to define and implement a specific action plan with appropriate supporting tools that will help accelerate major investment into the large-scale commercialization of hydrogen solutions across industries world-wide.
If we want to deliver on our common vision, the time to act is now.
Nicolas Hulot and Victorien Erussard have known each other since 2005. During his preparation for the Route du Rhum, the young skipper recognised Nicolas Hulot driving in Saint-Malo, and knocked on his car window, «Can I speak to you for a second?» recalled Nicolas.
This is the beginning of a long friendship during which Nicolas sponsored all of Victorien’s boats, and sailed a few regattas with the young racer. Inevitably, this relationship and the messages carried by Nicolas inspired Victorien for his next challenge: Energy Observer.
Nicolas Hulot is highly committed to the project, following it closely and providing all of his experience and personal or team support. Indeed, the « Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme » created by Nicolas Hulot awarded Energy Observer with a prize in 2016, and regularly brings their assistance to the project and its team.
Energy Observer is more than a vessel; it is a demonstrator and collector of solutions. It designs a future that has already begun. A long-termand evolving project that wishes to create a wave of positive energies. I identify with this team’s state of mind, which is notresolutely turned towards a statement, but rather turned towards innovation.
For the Brittany Regional Council, the Energy Observer project embodies yachting in the 21st century, combining energy and digital transition, and supported by sailors from one of the most famous of Brittany’s coastal regions, Pays de Saint-Malo.
While the regional authorities have long supported the technological innovations in Brittany’s shipyards, especially for offshore yacht races, they are also very attentive to the efforts made by all those involved in yachting in terms of sustainable development.
The Energy Observer project signals a new step forwards, associating sailing with renewable energy production so that a boat, like a region, a building or an individual house, can be autonomous in energy on the ocean.
Since 2010, the Region has worked hard to develop renewable energies, and to keep energy consumption under control. Energy Observer matches these aims.
But ecological transition cannot be achieved without the help of innovative technologies, and this is the challenge for the Glaz Economy, blending high-tech expertise and traditional Brittany skills, including the trades linked to the sea. Here again, Victorien Érussard and Jérôme Delafosse’s project is in line with regional priorities.
A maritime region such as Brittany is naturally delighted to give its support to the Energy Observer, an authentic adventure combining preservation of the environment and technological innovation.
In order to carry out its mission of renewable energy promotion and awareness-raising concerning the issues of energy transition, Energy Observer will be backed by UNESCO. UNESCO’s representatives will be associated with the development and the execution of the mission, through their direct integration within Energy Observer’s steering committees.
Throughout its entire 6-year world trip, Energy Observer will be able to rely on the support of the institution and its representa- tives in several areas:
• promoting renewable energies to face challenges related toenergy, climate change, and sustainable development.
• dispensing educational material produced by Energy Observer to UNESCO’s school system across the world.
A promising and ambitious partnership which materialised during the Tour of France with a stopover in the Biosphere Reseve on the island of El Hierro (Spain), for the documentary series the Odyssey for the Future. This partnership will extend during the whole expedition, starting with the natural reserve of Scandola in Corsica, during the 2018 Mediterranean Tour.
"Energy Observer is the first hydrogen vessel to have sailed around the globe, and it is more than just a boat. It is a detector and demonstrator of solutions. It shows us a future that already exists", says Nicolas Hulot, Ministre d’État, Minister for an Ecological and Solidary Transition, and sponsor of Energy Observer.
It is a long-term evolutionary project that creates a wave of positive energy and provides a unique showcase of innovations in ecological and energy transition. I am delighted that Victorien Erussard, the captain of Energy Observer, has become the first French ambassador of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In September 2015, the 193 UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It is an ambitious agenda for People, the Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership (the 5Ps), which aims to eliminate hunger and poverty worldwide while preserving our planet thanks to sustainable development.
What the Sustainable Development Goals tell us is that future solutions are to be found within new development models that will simultaneously address poverty and inequality, the preservation of our natural environment, climate change, and infrastructures and innovations that are less resource hungry, for a future decided on by everyone.
Energy Observer fits exactly into this approach: its Odyssey for the Future makes raising awareness of new renewable energy technologies possible, serving to prove their viability so that in the future they can supply our homes, buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities. Representing more than just a turnkey, ubiquitously adaptable solution, Energy Observer makes you want take action for new solutions.
The travelling village that will accompany it at its 101 stopovers in 50 countries will help raise awareness of climate change, the development of renewable energy, and the Sustainable Development Goals among the people encountered — especially young people.
Energy Observer's Odyssey for the Future simultaneously exemplifies the challenge of meeting and learning about others, and sharing knowledge. By seeking and highlighting locally developed solutions, this Odyssey forms a bond between women and men who invent and take action in creating the world of tomorrow, who push us towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Openness to the world, promoting solutions providing hope, and sharing knowledge and experience are therefore at the very heart of this project; a project responding to the need for an ecological and solidary transition. This is why the Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition is delighted to embark on this vessel, and it looks forward to its opening to the general public which will fully enable its role as an ambassador of Sustainable Development Goals.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
France 24, the international news channel, broadcasts 24/7 to 333 million homes around the world in French, Arabic and English. The three channels have a combined weekly viewership of 55 million viewers (measured in 65 of the 183 countries where the channel is broadcast). From its newsroom in Paris, France 24 gives a French perspective on global affairs through a network of 160 correspondent bureaus located in nearly every country. It is available via cable, satellite, DTT, ADSL, on mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs, as well as on YouTube in three languages. Every month, France 24’s digital platforms attract 16.5 million visits, 36.5 million video views (2016 average) and 31.1 million followers on Facebook and Twitter (January 2017).
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission CEA is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas : defense and safety, nuclear and renewable energies, technological research for industry and fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.
The CEA is much involved in the development of renewable energies. In collaboration with many industrials, CEA carries out R&D in solar energy (thermal, thermodynamic and photovoltaic), bio-based energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, batteries, smart materials, energy-efficient buildings, territories with optimized energy consumption , smart grids and storage systems.
Researchers from CEA-Liten and INES are proud to have developed innovative renewable technologies, including photovoltaic, energy efficiency, storage and new materials, that are implemented in the energetic chain of Energy Observer.
PLANETE+ shows a world on the move, follows the actors of change and invites its public to go forward with those who are inventing the world of tomorrow. Ten years ago, we chose to follow Jérôme Delafosse in his commitment to protect the oceans, an engagement which we initiated together with « Peoples of the Sea » (Les Nouveaux Explorateurs/Canal+).
Today, PLANETE+ continues the adventure and joins ENERGY OBSERVER and it’s team, lead by Jérôme Delafosse, and Victorien Erussard, Captain, to become the echo of this incredible ecological, environmental and before all, human adventure. An Odyssey on board a revolutionary catamaran entirely dedicated to renewable energies: ENERGY OBSERVER, already called by some the “modern time COUSTEAU’S CALYPSO” or even the “SOLAR IMPULSE of the seas”.
More than a technological challenge, ENERGY OBSERVER is the symbol of a world in movement. It’s a bet on audacity, the promise of changing a paradigm for the best. With this vessel, PLANETE+ engages itself once again in a visionary way. a brand new lab giving us the possibility to tackle new subjects, thanks to a documentary film realized by Jérôme Delafosse, named Odyssey for the Future.
In total, 8 episodes retracing this modern saga will be broadcast for the Planete+ 30th anniversary, in September 2018. Raise awareness, share, reenchant… Welcome onboard the adventure!
This challenge deserves our support, our encouragement and our recognition for future generations. With ENERGY OBSERVER, PLANETE+ engages itself once again in a visionary way: a brand new lab giving us the possibility to tackle new subjects, follow innovative perspectives, new scriptures and thus guaranty the diversity of the documentary film genre. Take the planet’s pulse. Sensitize, share, inspire... Welcome on board!
Petit Forestier, European leader in refrigerated vehicle and container rental, has made the choice of developing its expertise exclusively in the field of refrigeration and commercializes a multi-product range that includes the rental of more than 54,800 refrigerated vehicles, 44,140 displays and 2,900 containers.
With more than 15,000 customers in diverse business sectors, and more than 4,140 employees, Petit Forestier’s competitiveness relies on the proximity of its network of branches and its full service. Petit Forestier uses its expertise to provide its customers with solutions that meet the requirements of their profession and offer them an optimal quality of service, bringing them maximum effectiveness, peace of mind and comfort.
Looking resolutely to the future and concerned for the world of tomorrow, Petit Forestier attempts to integrate sustainable development into the daily life of the company. To take part of the Energy Observer project requires to push back our limits and to face, together, the challenge of alternative energies.
Petit Forestier has always been focused on innovation and we are confident that new technologies will allow us to change the way we work to get through environmental issues. In cold production as well as in fossil fuel, Petit Forestier is always challenging itself and will include the Energy Obsever project in its reflexion about new energies.
The European Commission is the European Union(EU)’s executive arm. Its role is to promote the general interest of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and the EU budget.
Political leadership is provided by a team of 28 Commissioners (one from each EU country) and the day-to-day running of Commission business is performed by departments known as Directorates-General (DGs), each responsible for a specific policy area. Energy Observer, thanks to cross-sectional nature, interacts with DGs Energy, Environment, Climate Action, Mobility & Transport and Research & Innovation.
The European Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local governments voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives.
The Covenant of Mayors was launched in 2008 in Europe with the ambition to mobilise local governments voluntarily committed to achieving and exceeding the EU climate and energy targets. The initiative now gathers 9,000+ local and regional authorities across the globe, drawing on the strengths of a worldwide multi-stakeholder movement and the support offered by dedicated offices.
Signatories endorse a shared vision for 2050: accelerating the decarbonisation of their territories, strengthening their capacity to adapt to unavoidable climate change impacts, and provide their citizens with access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
Signatory cities pledge action to support the delivery of the EU 40% greenhouse gas-reduction target by 2030, the adoption of a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change and providing secure, sustainable and affordable energy to their citizens.
Covenant signatories translate their political commitment into practical measures and projects, by developing and implementing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) outlining the key actions they will undertake.
The European Covenant community supports the journey undertaken by the Energy Observer and stands ready to engage with this key climate and energy initiative.
At the beginning there was… Jean Bruel : Ship-owner and adventurer at heart. A quirky idea occupied his mind ! He would allow people to tour the capital by its prettiest avenue, the Seine. Great resistant and remarkable visionary, Jean Bruel knew that the post war years would mark a new era with a true upturn of the leisure and trip culture. He founds the Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches® in 1949. In 1952, he builds the first all-glass boat; a totally pioneer concept if not to say revolutionary. The ecological commitment of the Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches® is hardly new, that’s why supporting Energy Observer seemed obvious to Charlotte Bruel, CEO of the Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches®!
Since 2005-2006, management has been working on the subject of ecology even though at the time the topic wasn’t as prevalent as today. For 12 years now, the company has taken a decisive turn and demonstrates daily that its commitment is an integral part of its DNA. Charlotte Bruel selects materials that are cleaner, more noble and easier to recycle. Progressively all the installations are making room for ecological concepts. Considerable investments have been made : 500 000 euros alone for the Hydro Mouche project. The Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches® is working on an electrical fuel cell that only uses hydrogen and rejects solely water in the atmosphere.
After a “blank” year, we are resuming work to evolve towards the green fleet we are committed to in a near future. Supporting Energy Observer is an incredible opportunity to advance and find cleaner energies.
Toyota France has been a partner of this journey into the future since the Energy Observer was christened in Paris on July 6, 2017. Toyota France was the Energy Observer's mobility partner, providing each stage of its Tour de France with hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The partnership increases in importance this year with the presence of Toyota Motor Europe, now an official partner of Energy Observer. Toyota will provide mobility solutions for all future stopovers.
Toyota is a global manufacturer, pioneer and leader of environmentally friendly technologies, with more than 12 million hybrid electric vehicles sold worldwide.
The group's environmental roadmap, “Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050”, includes objectives to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles on society throughout their lifecycle. For example, a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions from its vehicles by 2050 (compared to 2010).
Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technology is the pillar of this approach. Toyota & Lexus sell 16 models in France. This enabled the group to achieve the lowest CO2 emissions of any carmaker, an average of just 98 g/km of CO2 per car in 2017. (Source: ADEME - the French Environmental and energy agency - annual ranking).
Equipped with the latest cutting edge technology, the Mirai, “future” in Japanese, is the world's first Hydrogen Fuel Cell sedan. Based on Toyota’s Hybrid architecture, the Mirai incorporates a Fuel Cell Stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks, all developed in-house.
🚗#EOpartners🚗 Après @ToyotaFrance, nous avons le plaisir d'accueillir notre nouveau partenaire officiel @toyota_europe ! Bienvenue à eux dans la communauté #EnergyObserver 👋👐 pic.twitter.com/FPTbXpuUou— Energy Observer (@energy_observer) 29 mars 2018
The French manufacture of semi-rigid boats Zeppelin is one of Energy Observer’s official suppliers, providing two small boats :
- A 16R meant to be the tender for operations such a maneuvers, securing the ship, or getting supplies.
- A 20vpro, dedicated to the production team during the expedition.
We are proud to take part in this laboratory of our future maritime navigations, thus supporting environmental technological innovation in the field of transportation, states the Zeppelin team.
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is the intergovernmental Euro-Mediterranean organisation that brings together all 28 countries of the European Union and 15 countries from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. The UfM provides a forum to enhance regional cooperation and dialogue, as well as the implementation of concrete projects and initiatives with tangible impact on the citizens in order to address the three strategic objectives of the region: stability, human development and integration.
On the 21st of November 2017, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region organised Mediterranean of the Future, a common commitment for the climate agreements which gathered Ministers, local authorities officers, experts, researchers and NGOs from all around the Mediterranean.
In December, the region adopted its Climate Action Roadmap that materialises its commitment to fight climate change around 5 axis and 100 measures. The South Region therefore acts as a driver on the climate agreements. The Region wishes to become Energy Observer’s partner in order to carry a message around the world of vital common commitment to safeguard the climate.
Splendid project carried out by two St Malo natives bound by they passion for the ocean, Energy Observer takes on board all the values that shapes our city’s soul. They carry on the spirit of adventure and discovery developed by their renowned fellow citizens, trailblazers in the exploration of newfound lands. By creating the first completely energy autonomous vessel, propelled by renewables, and by soaring into a journey around the world, Victorien and Jérome demonstrate with success that cutting-edge technologies and ecology can and should be inseparable. Sporting and scientific adventure, Energy Observer is above everything a human adventure. It’s source of great pride that such a project was born in Saint-Malo.
Faced with the necessity to devise ways of reducing the environmental impact of sea transport, VPLP design has taken Oceanwings®, a high-performance technical solution which the design firm developed for the America’s Cup, and adapted it to the needs of commercial shipping. Indeed, ships carry 90 % of all trade across the globe and, as a result, play a major role in the emission of greenhouse gasses. Oceanwings® is an automated and reefable soft wing sail that outperforms conventional rigging by a ratio of two to one. Designed to supplement a vessel’s main propulsion units (ideally electric motors), this auxiliary “wind engine” constitutes the kingpin of the hybrid ship propulsion systems of the future.
Energy Observer is a platform for demonstrating the potential of tomorrow’s fuel-free solutions, and Oceanwings® is the obvious choice for ensuring the success of its transoceanic capabilities. Using energy derived from natural sources that are free and available everywhere is Energy Observer’s promise to future generations.
Since 1957, VUARNET produces mass-tinted mineral glass lenses in its Manufacture located near Paris, France. Whether to face extreme lighting conditions or explore daily the sunny side of life, all VUARNET lenses provide unparalleled protection, clarity and durability compared to regular plastic lenses. We design our eyewear to provide a unique visual experience but also as a means of expression. To do so, the House offers a full collection of both sports and lifestyle frames available in memory shape nylon, stainless steel, titanium and acetate.
As a mineral glassmaker,we exclusively work on this 100% natural -hence 100% recyclable-material. Supporting the ENERGY OBSERVER project and providing all the crew with the best sun protection in this great journey is indeed a natural and purposeful approach we are very happy about!
Nikon France is proud to support the Energy Observer project, in line with the brand’s values, namely discovery, perfection through innovative technology, and human commitment.
The Japanese brand NIKON, born in 1917, is the world leader in numerical imaging and optical precision. The French branch, created in 1987 and based in Champigny sur Marne, which president is Mr Benoît de Dieuleveult, distributes Nikon’s products in France. Nikon France is organised in two business units. The Picture division distributes the photography equipments (individual cameras, lenses NIKKOR, action cameras) and binoculars. The Instruments unit distributes microscopy systems for research purposes, medical applications and the biology industry.
Created by lovers of the underwater world, SCUBAPRO is the most iconic scuba diving equipment brand on the market. SCUBAPRO, which stands as a benchmark in terms of innovation, performances, reliability and sustainability, is proud to support Energy Observer, aligned with the brand’s values for ocean protection, through its energy-efficient and ecological production processes, because it is our duty to protect the ecosystems we love to explore.
The House of Laurent-Perrier is acknowledged today for its excellence the world over. Each wine has been born out of an innovative boldness,a creative impulse and a longstanding quest for pleasure. Each of the cuvées in the range are linked by a common signature, marked by freshness, purity and elegance. The quality of the wines and Laurent-Perrier's approach to sustainable development are at the heart of its activities: reasoned viticulture and winemaking process. By supporting the Energy Observer project, the House asserts its will to play a role in the conservation of the nature through the protection of environment and the terroir.
ADEME is active in the implementation of public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development. ADEME provides expertise and advisory services to businesses, local authorities and communities, government bodies and the public at large, to enable them to establish and consolidate their environmental action.
As part of this work the agency helps finance projects, from research to implementation, in its areas of action : waste management, soil preservation, energy efficiency and renewable energies, economic use of raw materials, air quality, fighting noise pollution, transition towards a circular economy and fight against food waste.
ADEME is a public body under the joint authority of the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
As a specialist in the treatment of weather data and their publication on all types of devices, www.weathernco.com offers innovative services for both companies and individuals.
The WWW.WEATHERNRIDE.COM portal offers a showcase of this knowledge through providing free and unique global forecasts for almost 3500 watersport spots with data updated every 6 hours and an accuracy reaching 4.5 km across Europe with a one-hourly timestep.
WEATHERNCO pilots these modelling systems and deploys an smart and a unique computing power to offer a high definition weather with a precision that can reach up to 1 kilometre that can be refreshed every half an hour if needed. This capability is now available for many domains and the increase in performance provides with concrete answers to the most demanding projects.
The cooperation with Intel and more specifically during the Olympic Games in Sochi contributed to invest new segments and knowledge and the big data that has been generated adds an additional source of performance that WEATHERNCO and its partners develop to define new user experiences.
Our weather models takes into account the sea surface temperature measured by satellite as well as very local weather patterns caused by the orography or urban areas which can both cause significant effects for coastal sailing. www.weathernride.com is a free showcase that aims to illustrate our know-how.
Mercator Ocean is a privately-owned, not-for-profit profit company, funded by nine major players in operational oceanography worldwide, that are privileged users and key scientific partners of the Copernicus Marine Service : CMCC (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici), CNRS (French National Centre of Scientific Research), Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea), IRD (Institute of Research for Development), Météo-France and the UK Met-Office, NERSC (Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center), SHOM (Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the French Navy), and the Spanish Puertos Del Estado. Mercator Ocean designs, develops and runs forecasting systems based on ocean numerical modelling fed by ocean observations, to describe the physical and biogeochemical states of the ocean at any time, above and beneath the surface, at global and regional scales.
This enables Mercator Ocean to deliver a highly qualified and customized oceanographic service, adapted to any user needing to receive regular or one-off ocean information in specific area at the right time, delivering tailor-made products, maps, or expertise.
Gathering stakeholders involved in the decarbonization of human activities, the association Equilibre des Energies (EdEn) is convinced that reducing green-house gas emissions is a priority and a necessity.
This is why EdEn commits to the ambitious French project whose vocation is to prefigure a clean and CO2-free future energy mix for many versatile fields of application. During the next 5 years, around the world, the vessel will test various embarked solutions powered by solar and wind energy along with green hydrogen.
Our association was sensitive to this initiative that allows us a glimpse at tomorrow’s electrical networks and demonstrates that a CO2-free energy mix is possible. Like EdEn, Energy Observer promotes a synergy between the different energies; working in collaboration will be the only way to reduce green-house gas emissions. This partnership is the opportunity to bring our expertise and our experience to Energy Observer’s crew, along with highlighting in our various medias their Odyssey’s latest news.
Created in 2011, the association Equilibre des Energies (EdEn) is a cross-cutting platform gathering stakeholders from the energy, construction and mobility sectors, in phase with economic and human realities, gathered around one common project: building a better energy society.
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