TECSOM embarks on Energy Observer

2019, December

Written by Lou Ancelin

In 2017, Energy Observer has left Saint-Malo (France) for a 6-year world tour (2017-2022). A planned route of 17973 Nautical Miles through 25 countries and 48 stopovers. Its purpose is to optimize the innovative technologies installed on board and promote sustainable solutions applied to the energy transition.

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The boat

Energy Observer is an experimental ship with electric propulsion generated by a complete energy production chain based on the combination of different renewable energies coupled with decarbonized hydrogen produced from sea water. It is the first ship of its kind operating completely independently without emitting greenhouse gases, fine particles, nor noise.

The ship crew

It is composed of sailors, engineers and a camera crew. The expedition is led by Victorien Erussard, captain and founder of the project and Jérôme Delafosse, expedition leader and director of documentaries.

The shore team

It is divided between Paris, Saint-Malo and Grenoble. They handle onboard technologies monitoring and R&D, communication, project management and relations with partners of which Tecsom is a member.
On shore, the Energy Observer crew meets with project leaders to share with them concrete solutions facilitating the ecological transition.
During some stopovers, the ship is accompanied by an event village providing the public with information on climate change, onboard technologies and showing various documentaries produced by the crew.

TecSOM on board!

As a partner, Tecsom provided the textile flooring for the various stage villages. Thus, 376 m² of velvet TecSOM 4120 Galerie have already been installed in Paris, Marseille, Cherbourg, Monaco and Boulogne sur mer.

Tecsom, the last recruit of the crew, has just boarded Energy Observer and will share the rest of the journey with them! At the moment, 70 sqm of TecSOM MICROTEC+ is being installed.
This microtuft collection with tight structure is perfectly suited to the design of the ship’s living and working spaces. This 100% solution dyed polyamide product, stain-resistant and water-repellent, offers a very appreciable comfort of use and maintenance on a boat while bringing an elegant well-being touch that makes the crew truly feels ... at home.

Energy O Microtec

Energy Observer is currently docked in Saint Malo while the carpet is being laid. 
Next start in early 2020, North Asia heading.
Happy New Year to the crew and... good wind!



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