If you’re environmentally conscious, then you might wonder about the carbon footprint of the many superyachts that are out there. Loaded with luxury, the easy assumption is that they don’t exactly put any thought into their impact on the environment.
Sinot Yacht Design and Architecture is ready to prove that notion wrong with their recently unveiled 112m Aqua Superyacht.
Sinot previewed Aqua at the Monaco Yacht Show, and while it is definitely a superyacht in terms of design and trappings, it’s also a very future thinking craft. Aqua uses a fully operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cell technology power system. The system runs on liquefied hydrogen, which is converted into electricity to power everything on the ship from propulsion to hotel services. Using Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells, the system converts hydrogen into electricity with the only byproduct being water.
Electrical power is stored in large batteries to ensure that power loads are always met. Developed over a course of five months by Lateral Naval Architects, the system runs nearly noise-free. Designer Sander Sinot explains, “Our challenge was to implement a fully operational hydrogen and fuel cells in a true superyacht that is not only groundbreaking in technology, but also in design and aesthetics.”
That design includes putting the majority of the guest areas forward in the ship. That bulk tapers to the aft of the ship, where guests can enjoy a beach club. The aft deck also features a waterfall surrounded by a grand staircase and plenty of lounging area. In the bow area, the Aqua room provides guests a 360-degree viewing capsule. Full height windows help to maximize the ceiling height, which ranges from 2.8 to 3.8 meters.
“Imagine Aqua at open sea, moving water with water,” says Sinot. “At 17 knots with a range of 3,750 nautical miles, Aqua could be solidly in the forefront of its superyacht peers.” With the green power source and the immaculate design, it’s safe to say that Aqua is already leading out.