With backing from UNESCO, the boat dubbed the “Solar impulse of the seas” is finally ready to show the world what it’s made of. InsurEasy are seeing The Energy Observer on its way with how the innovative project came about, and where the future will take it.
1983: The boat, known then as the Formule TAG (Technique d’avant garde), was built in Canada by sailor Mike Birch with help from naval architect Nigel Irens.
1984: The Formule TAG broke the 500 mile in 24 hour limit. The following year it won the Monaco-New York race in 1985, and still holds the South Atlantic crossing record after winning the Jules Vernes Trophy in 1994.
1994: Obtained the South Atlantic crossing record after winning the Jules Vernes Trophy.
Four: The amount of times the vessel has since been extended. It now measures just shy of 100 feet in length and 40 feet in width.
50 countries: Re-born as The Energy Observer, the boat’s maiden trans-globe voyage will have 101 stops. Plenty of opportunity to appreciate it all around the world.
2-4kw: The amount of mechanical energy created by the boat’s propeller which is converted into electrical energy.
Two: The height of the two vertical wind turbines designed specifically for the boat.
6 years: The length of time The Energy Observers’ journey is scheduled to take. The boat will be captained by Victorien Erussard, alongside documentary maker and diver Jerome Delafosse who will serve as chief explorer.
£42m: The value of The Energy Observer.
2050: The year that Engineering Professor Mark Z. Jacobson aims to help countries convert to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The Energy Observer, he says, is going to help make that happen. “It is an important step forward and consistent with this proposed path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy worldwide for all purposes to solve energy security, job creation, air pollution and climate problems.”