Listen to this article New 64-Foot Hydrogen Electric Yacht Uses Solar and Sea Water for ‘Unlimited Range’ Power
European yacht broker MYSEA has launched sales for the AQUON One eco-catamaran, a zero-emissions yacht that can accommodate eight to ten passengers with luxurious amenities. Swiss Sustainable Yachts AG founded AQUON, a yacht builder with a focus on sustainability based in Zurich. The company blends Swiss-quality engineering, Spanish naval architecture expertise, and Italian design to create a novel category of yachts that are connected, forward-looking, and eco-friendly at sea.
AQUON One is the company’s first zero-emissions yacht, powered by a unique system that utilizes solar and hydrogen fuel cells. With this innovation, the makers of AQUON hope to set a new standard for eco-friendly luxury maritime vessels. Here’s a breakdown of how the yacht works:
The yacht features 64 square-meters of photovoltaic solar panels on its roof that help charge lithium-ion batteries aboard, which offer short-term electricity storage used for propulsion and onboard energy usage. The system utilizes excess solar energy to convert desalinated sea water into hydrogen gas.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
The system compresses hydrogen gas to 300 bar and stores it in carbon tanks aboard. Fuel cells then convert the hydrogen back to electricity as required to power two electric motors and supply extra energy to passengers on board. The system produces only pure water and thermal heat, which the yacht uses to heat the cabins and provide hot water on board.
The result is a truly zero-emissions hydrogen electric yacht that can use its own terrain to create more fuel for itself, thus offering the prospect of unlimited range (while cruising at 4-6 knots with sufficient sunlight). Without replenishing, the AQUON One can still travel at sea for up to three days at a time. When the yacht is not trying to conserve as much energy at sea, it can reach a cruising speed of 8 knots (9.2 mph) and a top speed of 16 knots (18.4 mph).
The yacht’s design team describes AQUON One as a “smart designer catamaran that redefines premium yachting. Furthermore, it offers an independent lifestyle for sustainable luxury, powered by green hydrogen and solar energy.” In addition, the name AQUON symbolizes the state-of-the-art technology and references this powerful clean water luxury.
The AQUON One is currently being sold for a price of 7,400,000 euros (excluding VAT), which is roughly $8.1 million. While it may be costly, it’s important to note that customers will save money in the long run by avoiding the need for diesel fuel.
You can take a virtual tour of the AQUON One on the company’s website, where you can also learn more about the yacht’s features.
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