Tour of Green Vessel Energy Observer with the Junior SeaKeepers

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
February 29, 2024


On Thursday, February 29th, 2024, our 2023-24 cohort of Junior SeaKeepers students were invited on a unique opportunity to tour the green sailing vessel Energy Observer. Energy Observer is the first hydrogen-powered, zero-emission vessel to be self-sufficient in energy, advocating and serving as a laboratory for ecological transition. Now an organization that combines expeditions and innovations, Energy Observer is exploring and developing solutions that prove that another future for energy is possible, an optimistic future, which is more respectful of the planet and those who live here. As a part of the tour, students got to learn about the green infrastructure, including the sail-to-sail solar panels, hydrogen storage takes, and innovative "ocean wing" sails, as well as tour the interior of the vessel while hearing about the crew's experiences touring the world while testing the green technology on board.

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By attending unique free experiences like this tour of Energy Observer, our Junior SeaKeepers have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the diversity of work that exists in the marine conservation realm. Additionally, students get direct access to accomplished professionals and can see the advancements in the field that are the result of research happening every day all over the world. This tour was especially exciting given that it allowed students to see a window into a unique area of boating and yachting that focuses on a cleaner future for our oceans. Additionally, talking to the crew of Energy Observer gave our Junior SeaKeepers a good idea of what jobs at sea can be like in terms of skills needed and challenges faced in the open ocean. We hope that this trip allowed our students to get a better understanding of marine careers and the technology working to make the futures of both yachting and energy production cleaner for all.

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