Futuristic 370-ft yacht is powered by liquid hydrogen and only emits water
A futuristic super yacht that is fully powered by liquid hydrogen – meaning that the only emissions are water – has been unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Aqua is a 370ft-long ship with five decks complete with space for 14 guests, 31 crew members, a gym, yoga studio, beauty salon, massage parlor and a rear deck swimming pool.
But the most impressive feature is locked in the hold – two 28-tonne vacuum-sealed tanks that are cooled to -423F (-253C) and filled with liquid hydrogen that drives the ship.
The Aqua super yacht is a futuristic design that is 370 feet long, consists of five decks and works on liquid hydrogen, which means that it only emits water. Sinot design studio said the exterior of the ship was inspired by the swell of the ocean, the movement of the tides and the weather on the open ocean
The back of the ship has two nice areas – a lower lounge for sunbathing or swimming – and an upper entertaining area with space for eating outside. Fire-filled fire bowls allow guests to stay warm on colder evenings without having to burn wood or coal
The back deck features an infinity pool that flows to the ocean, while floor-to-ceiling glass windows lead down to an entertaining space with dining room for 14 people and a home cinema
Aqua was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show, which runs from 25-28 September in Port Hercules. Although the yacht is currently only a design concept, the architects hope that it will inspire future design based on its environmentally friendly fuel system
A huge staircase in the middle of the ship revolves around a water feature (center) to the lower level, where the ship's hydrogen fuel tanks can be viewed through a glass panel (rear). Each tank weighs 28 tons, is vacuum sealed and cooled to -423F (-253C) to retain the hydrogen fuel
The liquid hydrogen is pumped by special PEM fuel cells and converted into electricity with which the engines and electronics on board are driven. The feed is moderated using two fuel cells to ensure that it remains constant. The only emission from the system is water, which can be safely pumped into the ocean
The hydrogen is pumped through a special type of fuel cell that converts it into electricity, while only water is emitted that safety can be pumped into the ocean.
Despite its new fuel source, the ship can reach 17 knots and travel 3,750 miles before it has to refuel.
At present, the Aqua is just a concept, but designer Sander Sinot hopes it will pave the way for a more ecological future for the superyacht industry.
He said: & # 39; With each project I challenge my team and myself to surpass ourselves. For the development of AQUA we were inspired by the lifestyle of a demanding, future-oriented owner, the fluid versatility of water and advanced technology to combine this into a super yacht with truly innovative features. & # 39;
Sinot worked with Lateral Naval Architects and spent five months perfecting the details in the yacht in the hope that it could someday turn into a real ship.
The ship's wheelhouse is located under a bell-shaped roof on the bridge deck and has a 360 degree view of the surrounding ocean. It is from this spaceship-like room that the captain of the ship and his 32-person crew control the ship
The master suite covers the entire 50ft width of the Aqua under a central skylight, subdivided into separate & # 39; rooms & # 39; using wooden partitions. Floor to ceiling windows offer lots of light from both sides, while the interior can be decorated as the new owner wishes. A doorway when reading leads to the bedroom and bathroom
The yacht contains enough space for 14 guests and 32 crew members, including the owner's huge pavilion (bedroom, photo), two other VIP state rooms for their most valued guests and four ordinary state rooms
The main bathroom also has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean, a large central bath, his and her sinks on both sides and his and her showers on the left and right
The gym has a range of fitness equipment, a full set of dumbbells and a yoga studio. A window that extends over the entire width of the gym at sea level gives the impression that you are training on the water itself
In a room on the side of the gym is the hydromassage room, where passengers are massaged by soothing jets of water that rain down on the central granite table
The lounge on the upper deck leads directly from the owner's pavilion and has floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the outside space. It can be used as an informal entertaining space or for alfresco dining
A lounge area in the lower deck on the lower deck can be set up for an informal conversation or turning to watch a movie screen. Behind the seating area is the formal dining room, with settings for 14 people
Apart from the fuel source, the other functions of the yacht include a wheelhouse that looks like something from a spaceship, a huge central staircase that revolves around a water feature, and a beauty and fitness suite.
The back deck has two nice areas – one upper and one lower – along with a cascading pool, sun loungers and outside dining space.
There is also storage space for two 32ft tenders – smaller boats used to get to and from the main yacht – three jet skis and smaller & # 39; water toys & # 39 ;.
Computer-generated images of the yacht, along with a 10ft scale model, were revealed by Sinot at the Monaco Yacht Show, which started on Wednesday.
The show, which runs from September 25 to September 28, features 125 one-off yachts from top industry designers shown at Port Hercules on the Mediterranean coast.
The yacht designers said they wanted it to combine & # 39; breakthrough technology with advanced design & # 39; and provide a blueprint for future designs using environmentally friendly fuel sources
This water feature – consisting of a jet falling from the ceiling into the pool below – is located in the middle of the sports complex, with door openings on both sides leading to the training room and massage parlor
A top view of the ship with the two outdoor activities at the rear, the central bubble bridge with the wheelhouse and a view down through the ceiling window in the owner's pavilion
The Aqua also comes with space for two tenders – smaller boats used to reach the larger ship – three jet skis & a set of other & # 39; water toys & # 39;
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