The Bill Gates hydrogen yacht is getting a LOT of coverage, but here is a boat –  Energy Observer – that is about to go from France to Asia creating its own hydrogen fuel as it travels!

Don’t get us wrong, we applaud every advance in which boats and ships move from burning fossil fuels to running on electricity. And it is great that Bill Gates is reportedly purchasing  the concept yacht from designer Sinot for $500M and in turn bringing awareness to hydrogen as a clean fuel for shipping.

But the Energy Observer (EO), a research vessel with the goal of circumnavigating the globe with absolutely zero emissions, has already sailed 20,000 miles (33,000 kilometres) – around the Mediterranean, all over Europe and right up into the arctic circle – using solar power, wind power and the sea water it travels through to create the hydrogen for the fuel cells that run its electric engine.

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