Jules Verne's 1874 prediction that hydrogen will be the fuel of the future



In 1874, Jules Verne set out a prescient vision that has inspired governments and entrepreneurs in the 147 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."





Jules Verne is considered to be the father of science fiction, along with Herbert George Wells, these two writers envisioned exploits of man well ahead of their time.


If we had acted on his foretelling fifty years sooner, we'd most likely not be in the middle of an energy, or climate crisis, that looks to be almost irreversible, given the UN 1.5 degree targets from COP21, in Paris 2015.


The emergency situation mankind is now facing gives rise to the World Hydrogen Challenges, and the Jules Verne Trophy. 2024 will be the 150th anniversary of his prediction.


Only by all pushing together, as an international community, putting our political and geographical aspirations to one side, might we stand a chance of saving what is left of the species on planet earth.



JVH2 - Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy



To commemorate the prediction by Jules Verne, that hydrogen would become the fuel of the future, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation is promoting a zero emission racing formula, where competing teams attempt to power around the world in a boat, without any restrictions as to design or size, provided that the vessels use a renewable form of hydrogen, such as: compressed gas, cryogenic liquid hydrogen, methanol, ammonia or peroxide. Renewable means derived from solar, wind or wave power, or net zero, by way of a sustainable form of carbon offsetting.




1.5 - 2.0 degrees Celsius temperature increases are likely to cause species extinctions according to the IPCC

Adrift in the Pacific: Two Years Holiday (Extraordinary Voyages, #32)

Alexandria - Egypt, Thonis (Heracleion, Ancient Greek)

America's Cup - Sailing trophy and event locations


An Antarctic Mystery 1897

Aouda - Indian Princess - Around the World in 80 Days

Arnold Bennett - Book and film about Harold Hales MP (Trophy)

Around the World hydrogen navigation in 80 days (Hydrogen Challenge)
Around the World in Eighty Days - Chapters Index

Association Tour Du Monde En 80 Jours, Musée de la Marine, Paris

Atlantis - The lost city that sank beneath the waves, according to Plato

BBC TV, 1989 7 part travel series: Around the World in 80 Days, starring Michael Palin

Awareness - Ocean literacy as part of a built in educational series

BBC TV, 2021 8 part series: Around the World in 80 Days, starring David Tennant

Bruno Peyron Orange II (36.8m) – 50:16:20:04 days 2010 - 2005

Captain Nemo - Commander of the Nautilus submarine

Catapult - TRIG, Transport Research Innovation Grants 2022

Circular Economy - United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)

Climate Change - Jules Verne's guide to global warming

Contacts - Jules Verne Trophy - World Hydrogen Challenges

Crystal Ball Predictions - Sustainable transport

Demon of Cawnpore -

Designs - Multi or mono hulls, boats, ships, yachts

Dona Bertarelli - Spindrift 2 maxi trimaran, Jules Verne Trophy attempt 2015

Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
El Testamento de un excentrico (The Testament of an eccentric)

Electricity - The flow of electrons that makes the world go around

Facing the Flag (Extraordinary Voyages, #42)

Phileas Fogg - A gentleman who lives in London & member of the Reform Club

F1 Formula Hydrogen ocean racing

Five Weeks in a Balloon 1863

Fix - Scotland Yard Inspector - Around the World in 80 Days

Francis Joyon - IDEC Sport, Jules Verne Trophée, record holder 2017 - 2021

Franck Cammas, Groupama 3 (31.5m) – 48:07:44:52 days 2010 - 2012

From the Earth to the Moon 1865

Fuel Cells - Are modern batteries

Guinness Book World Records - Duke University & Galot Motorsports, Benson, N. Carolina 15,200 mpg Imp 2018

Guinness Book World Records - PAC Car II Swiss, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 14,573 Imp mpg 2005

Hales Trophy - The Blue Ribband, for the fastest passenger ship across the Atlantic

ICE - Internal Combustion Engines, motors that run on Ammonia, Hydrogen or Methanol

IMO - International Maritime Organization & MARPOL clean air zero pollution targets 2030 - 2100

In Search of the Castaways; or the Children of Captain Grant (Extraordinary Voyages, #5) 1867-1868

InnerSpace - Is the opposite of outer space, regions on either side of terrestrial life inhospitable to humans
Journey to the Center of the Earth 1864 - Full text Index

Jules Verne - Early Life - Parisian Studies - Literary Debut - Family Life - Pierre-Jules Hetzel

                 - Literacy Reception - Prophetic Science Faction - Passing & Posthumous Publications - Legacy

Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy - Established in July of 2021, in celebration of the 1874 prediction

JVH2 - First transatlantic crossing by a hydrogen powered aircraft

JVH2 - World's most economical hydrogen fuel cell automobile - conversion, or custom road vehicles

JVH2 Rules - Rules for entry in as a Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy competitor

Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine; The Tribulations of a Chinese in China (Extraordinary Voyages, #19)

Lhyfe - Wins Hydrogen Trophy in France, 21 March 2022

Links Page - Links to other Jules Verne websites

Literacy - Awareness of ocean importance and conservation issues

Loïck Peyron - Banque Populaire, Jules Verne Trophée, record holder 2012 - 2017

Los quinientos millones de la Begún (The five hundred million of the Begún)

Mathias Sandorf (Extraordinary Voyages, #27)


MCA - Maritime and Coastguard Agency UKRI KTN clean shipping demonstrations

Michael Strogoff (Extraordinary Voyages, #14) 1876

Molecules - Hydrogen combinations

Off On A Comet (Extraordinary Voyages, #15) 1877

Olivier De Kersauson / Geronimo (33.8m) – 63:13:59:46 days  2004 – 2005

Passepartout, Jean - Valet to Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days


Planet Earth - How big is the 3rd rock from the Sun and where are we in the Solar System?

Port Royal - Caribbean Sea, submerged city

Reform Acts - 1832 (first), 1867 (second), Representation of the People Act 1884 (third Reform Act)

Reform Club - Formerly a gentleman's only club in London's Pall Mall, founded in 1836

Renewables - Solar, wave and wind power is affordable clean energy for all, UN SDG 7

Representation of the People Act 1867 (second Reform Act)

Representation of the People Act 1981 (fourth Reform Act)

Robur the Conqueror 1886

Round the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #7) 1870

SDG Champions - Advocates & Allies of the UN's Sustainability Development Goals

Sign - Gate heraldry, JVH2 humpback whales broaching

The Adventures of Captain Hatteras

The Adventures of a Special Correspondent

The Blockade Runners

The Field of Ice
The Fur Country 1873

The Guardian - Media review 21 August 2021, Around the World in Eighty Days - Animation (Vertigo, Studio Canal)

The Lighthouse at the End of the World

The Master of the World (Extraordinary Voyages, #53) 1904
The Mysterious Island (Extraordinary Voyages #12) 1874 - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

The Steam House - La maison à vapeur - 'The End of Nana Sahib' - 'Tigers and Traitors': Part 1 - Part 2

The Survivors of the Chancellor 1875
The Underground City 1877

The World Hydrogen Challenge -

Tigers and Traitors -

Thomas Colville - Sodebo Ultim 3, Jules Verne Trophée attempt 2020

Topsy Turvy

Trademarks - Application 3808853 13th July 2022

TransAtlantic Flight - Drone HES Dynamics & ISAE SUPAERO, hydrogen fuel cell project 2020

TransAtlantic Flight - ATI FlyZero - long range commercial zero emission hydrogen powered flight 2021

Trophée Jules Verne - artwork

Trophy - JVH2 study, design, artwork

Trophy - Sailing yachts circumnavigation records, Jules Verne Trophee, Rules

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 1870 - First Part index, Second Part index (full text)

UK KTN - Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition - Strands 1 and 2 - Registration ends November 2022

Un capitán de quince años (A fifteen year old captain) 1878

VJV - Jules Verne holidays, travel guides, bookings

Water - H2O and sustainable world economics - Aqua Pura, Agua - Aquanauts & Aquarians

World's fastest hydrogen powered yacht - speed aces

World's most economical cars - Duke University & Galot Motorsports, Benson, N. Carolina 15,200 mpg

                                          - PAC Car II Swiss, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 14,573 Imp mpg 2005

Zero (net) emissions - sustainable blue economics or growth

ZEWT - Zero Emission Waterbourne Transport















    2024 is the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne's hydrogen prediction    Herman Melville wrote many magnificent ocean classics    




Contemporary, great classic writers & kindred spirits: Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne and Herman Melville.







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