Air Liquide, a French gas and technology company, has announced that it will become the main partner of the Energy Observer to build the world’s 1st hydrogen ship in the next four years. Ever since the laboratory ship was launched in April 2017, and before it was departed for a zero-emission world tour, the two companies have been working together.
The new stage of collaboration is featuring a technological support component that is aligning with the sustainable development objectives of the Air Liquide Group.
Air Liquide further added that it will support the Energy Observer Foundation to enable L’Odyssée to carry on with its mission to raise awareness and educate.
The company mentioned that their employees, who have developed expertise across the entire hydrogen value chain, may be called upon to collaborate on research and development (R&D) projects conducted in the form of a partnership.
Matthieu Giard, Vice-President, Member of the Executive Committee, remarked that through the collaboration of their teams with Energy Observer and the testing of hydrogen technologies in extreme environments, they will be able to advance the developments of hydrogen-based solutions and their large-scale applications, in particular in the maritime sector.
“It is by acting now, as we prepare for the future and develop new models of sustainable mobility, that we will be able to have a positive impact on tomorrow’s society.”
“Its ambitions, its investments in low-carbon hydrogen and storage technologies are examples of progress that show that the hydrogen society is “on the move,” Victorien Erussard, Chairman of Energy Observer, mentioned.
It was in 2013 when the Energy Observer project was initiated to build the first self-sufficient vessel capable of drawing its energy from nature whilst emitting zero emissions. The company revealed that the key characteristic of Energy Observer is its energy mix, including three sources of renewable energies as well as a complete hydrogen production chain on board the ship using seawater electrolysis.