Please use our A-Z INDEX to navigate this site or return HOME




Elizabeth Swann - Jules Verne - World Hydrogen Challenge



RACE AGAINST TIME: This could have been another of Jules Verne's titles. But it is not a work of science fiction, it is a man-made problem today that even the master storyteller would have had trouble predicting. Despite our scientists telling us the global warming is at a crucial tipping point, world leaders are allowing the use of fossil fuels to superheat the planet with dire consequences. Jules was adamant that hydrogen would be a source of power for mankind in the future he envisioned. In our view he was bang on the money. Green hydrogen offers us a sustainable future, based on splitting water using electrolyzers, to recombine for heat or electricity. We can use renewable solar and wind power, to create a circular economy, without CO2 and other harmful gases and particulates. This clean energy source can drive our automobiles and ships, as a major brake on climate change. What is holding us back and why? The technology exists today! Given the opportunity, we would like to prove it to you. If it is possible to complete the build of the Elizabeth Swann above by 2024, it will be the 150th anniversary of his prediction in his 1874 book: The Mysterious Island.






In The Mysterious Island, Jules Verne wrote of a world where:



 "Water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable."



Apart from his predictions as to technology advancement, Jules Verne was a practical sailor and world globetrotter, such travels providing the fuel for his writings.


Since 1985, the sailing world has enjoyed competing in yacht races around the world in under 80 days, under the banner of the 'Jules Verne Trophée.' This is a splendid series of sail powered ocean events attracting 13 entries to 2021, now knocking on the door of under 40 days as a target, with the advent of carbon fibre and hydrofoils.


In July 2021, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation established the 'Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy', in celebration of the great writer's 1874 prediction and upcoming 150th anniversary. Renewable (green) Hydrogen as a fuel for ocean voyages is a brand-new and untested technology worthy of the name, and in our view, inspirational, for the next generation of motor yachting adventurers, looking to support the transition from traditional polluting bunker fuels to sustainable energy, in the quest for a truly circular, blue economy.




Green hydrogen pen - Jules Verne Trophy





All technologically inspired explorers with 'Zero Emission' speed sailing aspirations, are invited to express their interest in this event by joining the "Around the World in 80 Days H2 Association." Please read the JVH2 rules carefully before applying.


We look forward to hearing from you.








The father of sceince fiction, Jules Verne



Please use our A-Z INDEX to navigate this site





This website is Copyright © 2021 Jameson Hunter & Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, equal opportunities companies. This website is carbon friendly, using less energy to load on average per page via simplicity & picture optimization. The same may not apply to third party links. 'Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy' ™is a trademark, the paternal rights asserted by COF Ltd. All rights reserved.