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Self-fueling boat sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip

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Self-fueling boat sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip

/ 07:02 AM July 16, 2017

In this July 4, 2017 file photo, the Energy Observer, a former race boat turned into an autonomous sailing vessel powered by a mix of solar, wind and hydrogen, sails past the Eiffel Tower on the Seine river in Paris. Fueling itself, the boat is setting off from Paris on a six-year, round-the-world journey that its designers hope serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future. AP

PARIS, France — A boat that fuels itself is setting off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future.

Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip. The 5 million-euro ($5.25 million) boat heads off Saturday from Paris toward the Atlantic.

The futuristic-looking 30.5-meter (100-foot) boat will rely on sun or wind during the day and tap into its hydrogen reservoirs at night. It produces its own hydrogen through electrolysis of sea water.

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Originally designed in 1983, the boat enjoyed a successful career in open-sea sailing races before skippers Frederic Dahirel and Victorien Erussard and a French research institute converted it into the Energy Observer project. CBB

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