Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:39PM
An artist’s impression of the Energy Observer.
An artist’s impression of the Energy Observer.

The first green-powered ship has been prepared to make its historic journey around the world.

The Energy Observer project will use solar and wind power, backed up with a fuel cell system that converts sea water into hydrogen.

The vessel will sail on a six-year mission to promote sustainable energy sources and the technology it uses to help build a cleaner future. The groundbreaking project will be presented in Paris at the UNESCO headquarters.

The Energy Observer will rely mostly on solar energy, which will feed the batteries to power the electric motors. If there’s no sun or wind to power the boat, an onboard energy production system will then turn seawater into hydrogen fuel.