The future of upper-end sea vessels appears to be taking shape and it’s pretty interesting. Sinot, a yacht design company in the Netherlands, has introduced their latest concept: a hydrogen superyacht called Aqua. The innovative vessel—still in the design phase—is 112 meters long and has zero carbon emissions, powered only by liquid hydrogen and fuel-cell technology. It, according to the company, “clearly prefigures the superyachts of tomorrow.”
CNN reports that Aqua will be able to travel at a top speed of 17 knots and will have a range of 3,750 nautical miles. The yacht’s power will be contained in two 28-ton vacuum tanks stored in temperatures as low as -253 C. Proton exchange membrane fuel cells translate the liquid hydrogen into electric energy which is then transmitted to a series of switchboards.
In a statement, designer Sander Sinot explained the inspiration for the futuristic yacht.
“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 112-meter superyacht with truly innovative features,” he said. “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.”
The amenities on board Aqua (which is five decks in height) are unsurprisingly impressive—they include a hydro massage room, yoga area, swim platform and swimming pool.
Sinot lays out its general vision as follows:
“We consider every yacht design to be a fresh challenge to make the impossible possible. With a constant ambition to surpass expectations, we enjoy challenging ourselves to create custom designs for every client. We possess a strong belief to drive the design process by means of a direct dialogue with our clients, resulting in creative solutions throughout the development of each project.
“Every project is the result of this ongoing dialogue with our client and close cooperation with major ship yards, yacht captains, naval architects, suppliers, furniture makers, craftsmen and artisans. The design process consists of a series of decisions. We ensure the right choices are made with the right partners.”