Hydrogen, which has been labelled as the fuel of the future for the last decades, finally found its way to the world of Superyachts. The designers at Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design created in collaboration with Lateral Naval Architects, the design for the first 112m LOA superyacht based on liquid hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Now a fully operational 112m concept Superyacht with a speed of 17 knots and a range of 3750 nautical miles is realized, placing Aqua solidly among Superyacht peers in terms of size, performance and usability. Simultaneously meeting and exceeding current superyacht standards, Aqua optimizes hull, energy and space efficiency while providing a maximal superyacht experience at the highest comfort level for discerning owners.
Designer Sander Sinot explains how he and his team managed to integrate the hydrogen-electric system capable of catering for all onboard energy needs without having to compromise on esthetics, comfort or usability:
“With every project, I challenge my team and myself to surpass ourselves. For development of Aqua we took inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner, the fluid versatility of water and cutting-edge technology to combine this in a 112m superyacht with truly innovative features.” Sinot soon realized they had set themselves an extraordinary goal, so started working on an extraordinary design: “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 esthetics.”
Aqua is fueled by hydrogen, a concept which represents a significant progression towards achieving a new balance between nature and technology. The system is based on the use of liquified hydrogen, stored at -253°C in two 28-ton vacuum isolated tanks. The liquified hydrogen is converted into electrical energy by proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, with water being the only by-product. All parameters in terms of output, system layout, range and physical dimensions where translated to a complete hydrogen / electric based system. The generated electrical energy is transmitted to Aqua’s switchboards, where it is distributed to provide power for propulsion, auxiliary systems and hotel services. Large batteries buffer the generated electricity to ensure power demands are always met. And thanks to the electric propulsion Aqua is a very quiet superyacht, with very little noise or vibrations. After five months of extensive development, the team of designers and naval architects came up with a design with physical dimensions and operational characteristics that even strengthen the superyacht experience.
“Reliability and safety are essential in our world. That’s is why we emphasize that we implemented proven technology in a new appliance. Imagine Aqua at open sea, moving water with water?! At 17knots with a range of 3750 nautical miles, which places Aqua solidly in the forefront of its Superyacht peers!”
Companies: Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design
Industries: Marine transportation & Shipbuilding