reports that bill gates bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue. designed by dutch company sinot, the ‘aqua’ yacht — a 376 foot (112 meter) long ship that runs entirely on liquid hydrogen — was unveiled at monaco yacht show 2019 as a concept design.

the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht unveiled at the monaco yacht show
images courtesy of sinot

 

 

on february 10, 2020, the telegraph reported that gates bought the ‘aqua’, a hydrogen-powered superyacht with an estimated price tag of $644 million. however, the yacht’s maker sinot has since revealed that this is untrue.‘in recent days, various articles have appeared in international media, stating that sinot yacht architecture & design sold its concept ‘aqua’ (presented at the monaco yacht show 2019) to mr. bill gates. these articles are factually incorrect,’ a holding page on the sinot’s website reads.

 

aqua’s power is fueled by liquified hydrogen, stored at extremely low temperatures, in two 28-ton, vacuum-isolated tanks. a spiral staircase in the center of the boat leads to the bottom deck where these monoliths sit behind strengthened glass, designed to keep the liquid hydrogen stable at -253°C (-423.4°F).

the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht unveiled at the monaco yacht show

 

 

the five-deck superyacht would accommodate 14 guests and 31 crew members. it would offer a range of 3,750 nautical miles (4,315 mi, 6,945 km) and can reach a top speed of 17 knots (20 mph, 31 km/h). on full fuel it could cruise at 10-12 knots for some 3,750 nautical miles.

the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht unveiled at the monaco yacht show

 

 

the liquified hydrogen is converted into electrical energy by proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, with water being the only by-product. these tanks can split off power at up to 4 MW, powering two 1-MW electric propulsion motors and two 300-kW bow thrusters for tighter maneuvering. a 1.5-MWh battery pack acts as a buffer, providing instant access to power and running the ship’s electrics, and is charged as necessary by the fuel cell.

the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht unveiled at the monaco yacht show

 

 

the superyacht would also have an expansive indoor health and wellness center featuring a gym, a hydro-massage room, and a yoga studio. there are also indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces with a formal dining area that seats 14.

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

 

 

at the front of the yacht, a ‘bow observatory’ accommodates two people who can enjoy views of the horizon through giant windows. other design features include japanese-influenced interiors, an optional helipad, where a hydrogen-powered EVTOL can drop-off guests, and a mini-waterfall that cascades down from the deck pool over stone steps. meanwhile, the exterior look of the yacht is inspired by ocean swells, featuring a sculpted hull intersected by glass windows.

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

claims that bill gates bought the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht are untrue

 

 

project info

 

company: sinot
model: aqua
type: superyacht
status: concept
event: monaco yacht show