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 a climate crisis, that looks to be almost irreversible.


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.



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

An Antarctic Mystery 1897

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

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

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

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)

Facing the Flag (Extraordinary Voyages, #42)

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

Facing the Flag (Extraordinary Voyages, #42)

Five Weeks in a Balloon 1863

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

In Search of the Castaways; or the Children of Captain Grant (Extraordinary Voyages, #5) 1867-1868
Journey to the Center of the Earth 1864

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 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)

Links Page - Links to other Jules Verne websites

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)

Michael Strogoff (Extraordinary Voyages, #14) 1876

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

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

Robur the Conqueror 1886

Round the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #7) 1870

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

The Survivors of the Chancellor 1875
The Underground City 1877

The World Hydrogen Challenge -

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

Topsy Turvy

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

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

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













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



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





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