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Toyota Sails the World's First Hydrogen-Powered Vessel on a Six-Year Voyage

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A few days ago, we talked about hydrogen fuel research vessel was proven to be feasible. See Discussion "Carbon Free Research Vessel is Now Proven to Be Technically and Economically Feasible." Now, there is an even crazier news. The world's first autonomous hydrogen-powered ship is going to its six-year world voyage, sponsored by Toyota.
This race boat, Energy Observer, uses solar, wind, wave-generated power, and hydrogen that collected from seawater to fuel itself.
As we mentioned before, the technology has already existed. It was actually used on land. But it is the first time it is used at sea to produce hydrogen during stopovers and navigation.
Energy Observer was originally built in Canada in 1983 by naval architect Nigel Irens. In 1984, it became the first race sailboat that breaks the 500 miles record in 24 hours. 
The boat has been remodeled and rebuilt to lengthen four times since it raced. It is now 30.5 meters long and 12.8 meters wide. 
A team of more than 30 people, such as architects, designers, and engineers, worked to prepare the vessel for its six-year journey, in which it will travel to 50 countries and park at 101 ports. 
Toyota has been developed and implemented hydrogen-fueld vehicles on land, such as the Toyota Mirai cars, buses, trucks, and forklifts.
Toyota's vice presidents of sales and marketing Matt Harrison said, "Energy Observer is an initiative and we at Toyota Motor Europe are delighted to be associated with such a passionate and dedicated team. This project once again demonstrates the many practical uses of hydrogen that can be developed as we transition towards a hydrogen society."
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"Carbon Free Research Vessel is Now Proven to Be Technically and Economically Feasible"