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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 and Net Zero.





All technologically inspired explorers with 'Zero Emission' Formula Hydrogen 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.


For the avoidance of doubt, "the hydrogen molecule" includes all forms, gas, liquid, and compounds rich in H2, such as ammonia and methanol, reformed to produce hydrogen, or where the hydrogen is otherwise utilized or extracted.


We are conscious of the staggering cost of competing in such ocean events where sailing boats are concerned. We aim to contain the cost in the interests of limiting our carbon footprint - where our aim is to find zero emission solutions to benefit the planet. One such example is the America's Cup, tending to suggest that organised races with significant hosting costs, should be a last resort, unless subject to carbon offset, to make them Net Zero


Where single team entries racing against the clock around the globe, carry no such 'climate' consequences. A good example of which is the Trophée Jules Verne.


Part of the challenge is thus to make the JVH2 event low carbon, while at the same time offering a better return in UN SDG terms. Despite it being the F1 of the ocean racing world.


We look forward to hearing from you.








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