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In his novel, '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 truy 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', (JVH2) in celebration of the great writer's 1874 prediction and upcoming 150th anniversary. Renewable (green) Hydrogen as a fuel for:



1. Ocean voyages, and 


2. Adventures on terra firma (world's most economical fuel cell vehicle), and


3. ZEV aviators (longest non-stop flight, biggest payload, fastest)



All using the latest (and many cases untested) technology worthy of the name, and in our view, inspirational, for the next generation of greener motor vehicle 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 JVH2 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


It is considered that 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 JVH2 events low carbon, while at the same time offering a better return in UN SDG terms. Despite the Ocean 80 Day Challenge being perceived as the F1 of the ocean racing world.


We look forward to hearing from you.











All technologically inspired drivers with 'Most Economical Road Vehicle'  Hydrogen Fuel Cell aspirations, are invited to express their interest in entering this event (or in supporting this event) by joining the "JV H2 Association." Please read the applicable JVH2 rules (under formulation Oct 2022) carefully before applying.


The challenge is to make your car, van or truck go further than any other vehicle using hydrogen fuel cell power, for your standard production or custom 'converted' battery electric vehicle. I.e. from battery electric production vehicle, to fuel cell.


JVH2 MOST ECONOMICAL AUTOMOBILE RULES (under formulation Oct 2022)







YOU ARE MOST WELCOME: AVIATORS (under formulation Oct 2022)


All technologically inspired aviators, with aspirations to span a significant ocean mass in an aircraft powered by hydrogen, are invited to express their interest in entering this event (or in supporting this event) by joining the "JV H2 Association." Please read the applicable JVH2 rules (under formulation Oct 2022) carefully before applying.


At this time (October 2022) we are open looking at the Atlantic Ocean as the ultimate challenge that will make or break commercial hydrogen flight, as with Charles Lindberg, and his Spirit of St. Louis, in 1927.






Predicting the future using a crystal ball




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