Energy ambassador

Energy Observer’s crew welcomed their first guests during their highly symbolic stopover in Washington DC.

17 March 2024


Energy Observer is the name of the first hydrogen-powered, zero-emission vessel to be self-sufficient in energy, advocating and serving as a laboratory for ecological transition.

One of the aims of the stopover is to raise awareness and promote the development of low-carbon energy solutions.

Victorien Erussard, Captain and Founder of Energy Observer, had the honour of welcoming key representatives from industry (Bosch, Cummins, Toyota among them), as well as John Hopkins University and the US Department of Energy (DOE), including Sunita Satyapal, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office Director, US Department of Energy and DOE Hydrogen Program Coordinator, and Jeff Marootian, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the US Department’s Office of Energy, Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The development of reliable, sustainable, emission-free, and economically accessible energy solutions is at the heart of Energy Observer’s odyssey and its industrial subsidiary EODev.


The vessel has been sailing around the world for seven years, stopping in iconic cities to meet pioneers who devote their energy to the development of sustainable solutions that respect the planet.

As the first French ambassador for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN, the mission of Energy Observer – reinforced by their endowment fund Energy Observer Foundation – is to raise awareness of the ecological transition issues and explore solutions that prove that another energy future is possible.

Energy Observer has received the High Patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. It has the official support of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, UNESCO, the European Union, Irena and Ademe.

As France’s first ambassador for the SDGs, Energy Observer sailed to Washington DC and will then head to New York to meet with institutional bodies, investors, opinion leaders and the general public at this time of strategic choices and particularly in 2024, when half the world’s population will be called to the polls.

The vessel will then cross the Atlantic for the third time before returning to her home port of Saint Malo, and to the place of her christening in Paris (2017) to coincide with the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. A decisive and exciting year!



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