A New Hydrogen Power Reality

The designers at Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design worked with Lateral Naval Architects to design the first hydrogen-powered yacht, AQUA, which was presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019.

The 112-metre length-overall superyacht concept is based on liquid hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Stored at -253°C in two 28-ton vacuum isolated tanks on board the AQUA, the liquified hydrogen is converted into electrical energy by proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. With water as the only by-product, the hydrogen-electric system is designed with “proven technology in a new appliance. Imagine AQUA at open sea, moving water with water?! At 17 knots with a range of 3750 nautical miles, which places AQUA solidly in the forefront of its Superyacht peers,” continues Sinot.

Like its name suggest, AQUA’s design flows like water from bow to stern. Sander Sinot explains, “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.” The aft deck features a series of platforms cascading down towards the sea, while a large swim platform allows all passengers to enjoy accessing the water right at sea level.