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ZERO CO2 , THE WORLD'S FIRST HYDROGEN-POWERED BOAT IN SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF AIR POLLUTION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

The project's objective is to sail around the Mediterranean using a yacht powered by a clean carbon-free auxiliary motor (petrol motors are commonly used in yachts for all manoeuvres in port) and to study the air pollution in the Mediterranean sea. It is a initiative of the Joseph Fourier University Grenoble. It is a public support with an industrial and scientific partnership between RM, CEA, Joseph Fourier University, Floralis.The yacht will be presented for the first time at the Paris Boat Show in December 2009.  A 12m craft was built by the RM shipyard of La Rochelle, the "Zero CO2 " will be equipped with an electric motor driven by a hydrogen fuel cell, developed by CEA Liten of Grenoble, France.

Since 2010, the sailboat Zero CO2 is used as clean platform for scientists. In 2013, the air pollution study campaign was performed in the scope CHARMEX "the Mediterranean Aerosol Chemistry Experiment" program in partnership with Joseph Fourier University Grenoble, the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), AIR PACA, the laboratories of Aix-Marseille and Toulon-Var university. The operation of the vessel was financed by Region Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur.

Since 2011, the city of Nice Côte d'Azur support the project by welcoming and valuing the boat in its 8 ports d'Azur. The yacht Zero CO2 is in port and coastal policy-oriented environmental quality, and sustainable economic development and new technologies. This development is reflected in particular by the participation of sailing championships apnea world in Villefranche Sur Mer in September 2012 and the National Meeting Port Activities and Sustainable Development in Nice in 2013.
Under an agreement signed with the CEA, the city of Nice Côte d'Azur study the feasibility for the establishment of new carbon-free energy solutions in the port environment.


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