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'Solar Impulse' of the sea poised for epic round-the-world adventure

When the former multi-hull racing boat leaves Brittany next month it will be powered solely by renewable energy produced by onboard solar panels, wind turbines, and hydrogen produced from electrolysis of ocean water. While all of those features are exciting to the renewable energy community, it is the electrolysis system which is generating the most buzz as the vessel's crew wraps up the final preparations for the voyage in a shipyard in Saint-Malo, a coastal city in Brittany, in northwest France. The system created at the CEA Liten research institute is designed to split water into hydrogen and oxygen and then store the hydrogen, and that makes Energy Observer the world's first boat equipped with an autonomous means of producing hydrogen. The lessons learned during the six-year circumnavigation by the €5 million ($5.25 million) vessel could help revolutionize renewable en...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/panorama/solar-imp...

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