AQUA 376ft SUPERYACHT
AQUA is the project name of this 112m fuel cell (hydrogen) super-yacht by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and Lateral Naval Architects.
According to the design studio, AQUA‘s exterior lines are inspired by ocean swells. The sharp reverse bow reminds me of NAUTILUS – the ship in the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. SINOT placed the AQUA room here, like in NATURE – one of the studio’s previous projects. This area belongs to the owner’s area. The designers used curvy lines on the bridge deck on top of the yacht and rear lines of the vessel. The bridge deck also features a helipad.
FORBES 9 FEB 2020 - AQUA
Is This 376-Foot-Long, Hydrogen-Powered Concept The Ultimate
COMPOUND CURVES - Such design features are more expensive to manufacture, but in the age of CAD-CAM, nothing is impossible if you have a big enough wallet.
GLASS CAGE - We like this viewing platform, very James Cameron, as in Avatar.
DREADNOUGHT - This view is reminiscent of a British battleship from the First World War.
QUADCOPTER - Short hop taxis like this are almost a reality, with electric flight high on the agenda of may Governments, such as Boris Johnson in the UK.
CAD - Cryogenic storage of hydrogen makes a lot of sense, here linked to a substantial fuel cell stack and then lithium batteries, presumably as a load levelling mechanism for acceleration. It's a real shame the design does not incorporate solar panels, by way of onboard renewables. This can of course be rectified if any potential client wants to reduce running costs.
$650 MILLION - The purchase price is just the entry fee. The cost of maintaining a super yacht like this is said to be around 10% of the purchase price = $65 million bucks a year. Hydrogen is pretty expensive and at the moment you cannot dock at many ports or marinas and fill her up. Hopefully that will change as the shipbuilding industry makes the move to cleaner cargo and passenger liners, ferries and the like.
According to advanced reports, AQUA’s power is fueled by liquefied
hydrogen, stored at extremely low temperatures, in vacuum isolated tanks. The liquefied hydrogen is converted into electrical
energy by Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells, with water being the only by-product.
And as you can see in
the detailed renderings, the design innovations don’t stop in the engine room. The owner’s pavilion that occupies the front half of the upper deck, is arranged in an open-plan area of interlinked spaces, divided by finely crafted
wooden screens providing intimacy and subdued lighting.
By Bill Springer - During his previous life as an editor at several American yachting magazines, Bill was lucky enough to sail thousands of offshore miles on a wide variety of boats. His job as yachting scribe has taken him on adventures from the Arctic Circle to the equator, and to nearly every tropical destination in between. He's dodged high-speed hydrofoils on the brown waters off St. Petersburg, Russia, anchored in impossibly blue water off uninhabited islands in the Seychelles, Scandinavia, the BVI, and the Bahamas, and even flown aboard a Jayhawk helicopter with the US Coast Guard on training missions. These days, when He's not traveling or writing about the magic that happens at confluence of superyachts, offshore adventure, luxury travel, and technology, Bill sails his ultra-simple, ultra-fast dinghy, rides his gorgeous and gloriously-expensive carbon fiber bike, and pushes their little one in a baby stroller all over New England.
CNN OCTOBER 2019 - IS THIS HYDROGEN POWERED VESSEL THE SUPERYACHT OF THE FUTURE
The world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht could be taking to the waters in the not too distant future.
Dutch yacht-design company Sinot has unveiled a model for a cutting-edge concept that looks set to propel the superyacht industry in a more eco-friendly direction.
Created in collaboration with Lateral Naval Architects, Aqua measures 112 meters and will be powered entirely by liquid hydrogen and fuel-cell technology -- which essentially means water will be its only emission.
The superyacht, which features state-of-the-art facilities, is to operate at a top speed of 17 knots, with a range of 3,750 nautical miles.
"Our challenge was to implement fully operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cells in a true superyacht that is not only groundbreaking in technology, but also in design and aesthetics."
Aqua's technology system will rely on two 28-ton vacuum isolated tanks, which are to be stored at temperatures as low as -253 C.
The liquified hydrogen is converted into electrical energy by proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells.
The exterior and interior design for Aqua, which took developers five months to conceptualize, is almost as impressive as its radical technology system.
Renderings for the futuristic superyacht showcase an on-board infinity pool and heli-pad, along with a spa and swimming pool.
Spread over five decks, Aqua will also has a hydro massage room, a yoga space, a swim platform and a beach deck close to the waterline.
While it's just a design concept at the moment, and there are no imminent plans to roll Aqua out, according to Sinot, the pioneering design "clearly prefigures the superyachts of tomorrow."
The radical vessel design is one of a number of recent developments in the superyacht industry.
Earlier this year Latvia's Latitude Yachts announced plans for the Valkyrie Project, a massive superyacht that would span 229 meters, making it the largest in the world. By Tamara Hardingham-Gill
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