Around the world in 80 days - on hydrogen - JVH2 world challenge


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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 fiction, it is a man-made problem today that even the visionary extraordinaire would have had trouble foreseeing. Despite our scientists telling us the global warming is at a crucial tipping point, world leaders appear intent on 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 (JV) 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."



In Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules proffered that a man could circumnavigate the globe in under 80 days, by way of a wager. In the here and now, having researched the subject and obtained expert advice, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation propose motoring across the seas in a yacht using electric jet drives powered by hydrogen, in eighty days or less.


It is feasible that such a vessel might be launched by 2024, giving us three years to commission design detailing, classification and construction. That sounds like a long time, but is in fact a tight schedule, especially concerning classification and logistics. In that temporary bunkering will need to be laid on in three locations, whether using type IV 300 bar gas cylinders to attain a 13 knot average, or a 50m2 cryogenic fuel tank for higher speeds. Both methods being workable, though the compressed gas version is extremely complex plumbing wise, storing less energy. Meaning the attempt is tighter time wise. Please note that these are only initial studies. Entrants to the World Hydrogen Challenge, competing for the Jules Verne Trophy, will have a free hand to decide what format to go for. Please see the Rules. And note that the formation of the “Around the World in 80 Days H2 Association," is in progress. We hope to have this concluded before the winter of 2021. Expressions of interest are welcome, for the 2021 season onwards.


Why 2024? 


Twenty-Twenty-Four is the 150th anniversary of JV's prediction. Though not essential technically, the date is nicely rounded, for commission or launch.


For partnering opportunities, please contact the Cleaner Ocean Foundation: in the first instance. All such enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.






The father of sceince fiction, Jules Verne



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