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Jules Verne



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 that 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.



Elizabeth Swann - Jules Verne - World Hydrogen Challenge



LIQUID HYDROGEN POWER - Not science fiction. A project aiming to travel Around the World in under 80 Days. That is an expedition we are planning as an example entry to the World Hydrogen Challenge. Hydrogen powered vessels can be fast and have significant range. What we are calling Formula Hydrogen, could be the F1 of offshore boating, and a spectacular event. If it is possible to complete the build of the Elizabeth Swann above by 2024, it will be in time for the 150th anniversary of Jule's prediction in 1874: The Mysterious Island.







In 1874, Jules Verne set out a prescient vision that has inspired governments and entrepreneurs in the 148 years since. In his book The Mysterious Island, he 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."



If only we'd heeded his prophesy sooner, we may not be facing our present climate catastrophe, but rather celebrating social change. It remains to be seen if mankind might react in time to save the remaining species on planet earth.


You will know Jules Verne as the father of science fiction. Many of his predictions have come true, as his fabulous stories have inspired generations of scientists and engineers to strive for more knowledge. 


Our hope is to attract followers thinking on issues they'd not have considered prior to this quest, part of a continuum of progressive reforming adventurers, leading to thoughtful and meaningful advances in science and technology. 


In furtherance thereof, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation (COF) have drafted a set of Rules that once firmed up, could provide a spectacular sporting series, with high speed offshore boats hitting un-dreamed of circumnavigation speeds, as the competition heats up - to cool the planet serenely, sustainably and equitably.


COF have built a team of specialist suppliers and engineers to help in an attempt to fulfill the prediction of the great French writer, in an amalgamation of two of his greatest masterpieces, using the hydrogen molecule as the power source, for an extraordinary voyage: Around the World in Eighty Days, in the Jules Verne tradition. The project looks to be an adventure of the kind that Verne would endorse unequivocally.


We hope that by leading the way as to conceptual opportunity, then taking theory forward as practically and swiftly as one might, that those with kindred vision and influence, might enjoin the necessary race against the climate clock - as 'World Hydrogen Challenge' competitors for the Jules Verne (hydrogen) Trophy - aiming (as ye may) for the 150th Anniversary of our hero's prediction: 2024. Without any doubt, this is a race mankind must win to survive.


As we write, one of the biggest obstacles to the mass adoption of hydrogen for zero emission transportation, is the almost complete lack of infrastructure, or strategic planning, necessitating temporary bunkering arrangements at most ports of call, for en-route refuelling. Though methanol and ammonia may prove less troublesome.


In addition, there are at present no shipping rules in existence for hydrogen gas or liquid vessels, other than the IMO's interim recommendations - guidelines that we support. Fortunately, there are approved type IV (compressed gas) and cryogenic fuel tanks, fuel cells, batteries and electric drives, available off the shelf. There are also portable suppliers of hydrogen, though logistics for any attempt is part of the 'Jules Verne - World Hydrogen Challenge,' for competitors to arrange, akin to a F1 pit stop: 'Formula Hydrogen.' The Foundation will assist those expressing an interest in this event, to locate suppliers, as far as able - and arrange mobile bunkering.





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