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Embarking On The Future With Toyota’s Revolutionary Boat

A futuristic approach to going green.

Global warming and climate change issues are being the buzzwords lately. Because of this, going green and being environment-friendly is becoming the new trend.

In participation of Toyota Motor Europe, Energy Observer launched in 2017 at Saint-Malo, France. Their aim and vision is to make hydrogen as the key to accelerating energy transition.

Energy Observer is the first autonomous eco-friendly hydrogen-powered vessel.

The vessel does not emit harmful chemicals, greenhouse gases, or fine particles. It is propelled electrically through a power source, combining renewable energies and a system that processes seawater to produce carbon-free hydrogen.

Toyota Motor Europe Vice President of Sales and Marketing Matt Harrison said:

“Energy Observer is an exciting initiative, and we at Toyota Motor Europe are delighted to be associated with such a passionate and dedicated team. This project once again demonstrates the many practical uses of hydrogen that can be developed as we transition towards a hydrogen society.”

Definitely more than just a boat!

Aside from being a vessel, the Energy Observer is a showcase of innovation. It supports future energy networks to pave the way for large-scale applications and mainstream adoption.

The specs of the vessel, being hydrogen-powered, already has a significant weight advantage over boats with an expensive battery storage solution. With regards to energy storage, hydrogen also addresses the issue of discontinuous energy supply on both land and sea.

Six years of an exploratory expedition.

The team behind Energy Observer plans to do a worldwide tour as part of promoting the model and the technology. This journey is a considerable challenge concerning technological capacity and human capability. Both the crew and the onboard technology will be tested by going through extreme conditions and navigating around the globe as the world’s first energy-autonomous boat. Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse will be leading the crew.

Victorien Erussard, captain and founder of Energy Observer, stated:

“We are really excited to have Toyota Motor Europe on-board for this mission. We share the vision of hydrogen as the key for accelerating energy transition, a vision that we wish to carry to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

Energy Observer is currently in the Mediterranean, moving up to Northern Europe by 2019, and finally targets to reach Tokyo by 2020 in time for the Olympic Games.

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14 Totally Free Things Offered On The Internet

I didn’t know #13 exists.

The Internet is the best place to turn to for resources - whether you’re in need of a recipe, a book or tools to improve productivity. The wonderful news is that the Internet offers these things for free and anyone can have easy access to them.

Everyone just seems to love free things but not everyone realizes that many of them are found online. Here are 14 free things on the Internet to make your lives better.

#1. Free Therapy

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China Boasts New Star Wars-Style Laser Gun For Their Police Force

Science fiction just became reality!

Aside from the lightsabers, Star Wars most popular weapons are probably the blasters. Han Solo has one and the Stormtroopers do, too. It’s a simple yet iconic weapon that everyone has grown to love. Admit it, you’ve dreamed of blasting those laser guns since you were a kid!

Now authorities over at China no longer have to dream about it since the weapon just became a reality for them. According to reports, the country has developed a new portable laser weapon that can “zap a target from nearly a kilometer away.”

Meet the ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle!

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Student Invents ’Airbag’ That Automatically Protects Your Phone When You Drop It

This is the end of cracked phone screens!

Dropping your precious smartphone and seeing its screen cracked can be a big headache. Although there are possible solutions to the problem, prevention, as they say, is always much better than cure.

This is exactly what we get from a groundbreaking invention that recently gained viral attention online. 25-year-old Philip Frenzel, a master’s student from Germany’s Aalen University, created a “smartphone airbag” that saves your device from damage when you drop it.

The “mobile airbag” (or “active damping” case) detects when your phone is falling.

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