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Energy Observer in Antwerp

The Energy museum

In physics, energy is the quantitative property, which measures a system’s capacity to modify a state and do work and may manifest itself as motion, electromagnetic radiation or heat. Energy is everywhere in living organisms, in machines, in the flow of water from a mountain waterfall.

The part played by various forms of energy in the ecological transition debate reminds us how complex and central the energy challenges are. So why not dedicate a museum to it, designed around the Energy Observer vessel at the end of her Odyssey, so that the general public can understand, pass on the message and act on it?

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A history of energy

Through until the 18th century, development of the economy was primarily linked to the energy provided by the muscle power from men, domestic animals and that provided by watermills and windmills. In the 19th century, the fuel of choice was still biomass, namely the wood from fallen trees.

Faced with society’s industrial developments, we have become increasingly reliant on other sources of energy. With the demand for that energy mirroring that of economic growth, their use has continued to increase.

Side view of Energy Observer and chimneys
Vue de cheminées


Resolving tomorrow’s energy challenges

Understanding our global energy system, which is heavily dependent on fossil fuels in the majority of countries around the globe, is key to understanding the key role of energy in ecological transition.

There are a great many problems associated with the future of energy: how do we satisfy the growing needs of populations whilst reducing the share of fossil fuels in favour of renewables? What is the key to preserving the planet? How do we reduce our dependence on energy? How do we increase energy efficiency? How do we change behaviour and gain in energy conservancy?

Within the context of a permanent exhibition, this Energy museum aims to dedicate one educational space to energy definitions and types (natural, kinetic, potential, chemical, nuclear and mass), another to the value chain (from production to storage, transport and the end user) and a third specifically to green energies (biofuels, solar, wind, hydraulic, wave, geothermal and nuclear energy).

Energy Observer in Antwerp


Paving the way for a deeper understanding of energy

A timeline dedicated to the history of energy dating back from 450,000 BC through to the modern day will also be on display in the exhibition. The key question of energy transition and its role in reducing emissions to achieve carbon neutrality, will notably be dealt with in audio-visual form and broadcast in a dedicated screen room.

Maritime energy transition, and the specificities and uses of hydrogen in particular, will be the subject of a separate space, around the Energy Observer laboratory vessel, which will be on display inside the building year-round, once the Odyssey draws to a close in 2024.

The interior section of the boat, an ambassador for energy transition, will also be open to visitors. Its on-board technologies will be exhibited and explained through a cross section of the vessel’s floats.

Visit of Energy Observer in London
Groupe d'enfants assis autour d'une table avec des gilets de sauvetage
Groupe d'élèves devant un tableau de bord dans Energy Observer