World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Superyacht is Here and It Is a Beauty

by Loukia Papadopoulos, managing editor, Interesting Engineering,

The world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht was unveiled last week at the Monaco Yacht Show and it made quite an impression. The model of the 367-foot yacht was the pinnacle of luxury and sophistication. The miniature model was presented by a Dutch firm called Sinot Yacht & Architecture Design. The ship, called Aqua, would run on liquid hydrogen and fuel cell technology with water being its only emission.

The yacht would function using two 28-ton vacuum-sealed tanks of liquid hydrogen stored at -423 degrees Fahrenheit and would be visible through a glass panel at the center of the vessel. It would have a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 3,750 nautical miles. It would have a futuristic but luxurious look.

It took five months to design the ship which features an exterior inspired by the flow of ocean swells and spacious interiors brightly decorated. The Aqua is designed to accommodate 14 guests and 31 staff members. It even has a 14-person dining area. The superyacht includes many lounging areas and even a cascading pool. It also boasts a top-notch indoor health and wellness center equipped with a gym, a hydro-massage room, and a yoga studio. There are plenty of indoor-outdoor areas and all the rooms are fitted with head to toe windows. Aqua would also house space for two 32-foot tenders and three Jet Skis.

“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,” Sander Sinot,lead designer, said in a press release.