It is the world’s first boat powered by renewable energy and hydrogen designed to go around the world. But first of all, it is a fascinating object (which does not consume a drop of fuel). Energy Observer is on display in Venice until July 15 (and then throughout Italy), so don’t miss your chance to get a closer look at … the future.
After stopovers in Kotor, Montenegro and Zadar, Croatia, Energy Observer arrived in Venice on Friday, July 6. The city of the Doges is Italy’s first port of call and one of the three most important stops on the 2018 tour called “Odyssey for the Future.” The catamaran will be a guest of Certosa Island with the eponymous village, open free to the public until July 15. A stopover that is also, for the Energy Observer team, led by Frenchmen Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, an opportunity to discover local initiatives for ecological change.
“We dreamed of coming to Venice.” Victorien Erussard, founder and captain of Energy Observer, said. “The City of the Doges is a symbolic stop on our Odyssey for the Future; we are proud to have traveled nearly 8,000 miles using only renewable energy and hydrogen to reach this city, on which many environmental threats weigh heavily.”
The Energy Observer village: an immersion in the Odyssey for the Future
The Energy Observer project is more than just a boat; it is also a media system that aims to raise awareness of environmental change among the general public. To better share the theme, the Energy Observer project complements an interactive, pedagogical, and fully digitized exhibit that enables visitors to better understand the challenges of the ecological transition. For the Venice stopover, the village was set up on Certosa Island with a new set design and brand new content in virtual reality and 360-degree projections. The Energy Observer village is a place for meetings, exchanges and discoveries that will be open to the public from July 7 to 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Energy Observer team will introduce curious onlookers to all the technologies in the boat and how they help the fight against climate change.
ENERGY OBSERVER’S NEXT STEPS
Bari July 19-23
Messina 26 to 28
Stromboli 29 to 30
Salerno Aug. 31 to 2
Montecristo 4 to 5
Elba Island (location to be confirmed) August 6 to 9