H2-Yachts, a division of the Switzerland based H2-Industries, has developed the world’s first energy autonomous superyacht with a reach of over 6,000 nm at 10 knots.

No more expensive diesel and no more polluting the planet were the main aims of behind designing this yacht. The propulsion system is fully electric with a liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) as the energy storage and low-maintenance management for all systems.
An ever-growing demand for sustainable technologies in the field of energy storage as well as hydrogen-based mobility is of great interest in today’s society. LOHC compounds represent a very attractive technology for the establishment of a competitive hydrogen distribution network using diesel-like liquids. The overall process to produce the hydrogen is a very sustainable and environmentally friendly process with low emissions. The produced hydrogen is burned in fuel cells for an electric motor.

For the design, the goal was to combine the solar panels and the wind turbine in a modern clean hull and superstructure design. Austrian-based design team motion code:blue provided support on the exterior and interior design, with her lines taking inspiration from the automotive industry.

The yacht has an explorer form, featuring a straight, vertical bow. From the saloon and the open kitchen/bar on the main deck an impressive sea view is enabled by the sheer bulwark and on the upper deck, which is entirely reserved for the owner, by floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper deck also has a bow and stern terrace and a spa with sauna, steam bath and whirlpool. The cabin is wide open to the stern terrace and a bar right next inside to the sliding door gives the owner the feeling to sit outside.

The bridge deck is used in the aft part as a dining room and features a table that can seat 20 people, a bar and a wood fire pig roast as well as a wood fire pizza oven. The sea view from the bar is only limited by a 50cm high couch which covers the outside major design line coming from the bow, ending at the stern of the upper deck.
Another distinctive feature is the sky lounge with a retractable roof that can be closed in 30 seconds in case of upcoming rain.

A waterfall runs over both pools starting at the whirlpool on the owner’s deck, hitting the main deck pool right behind the in-pool-bar-chairs and finishing in the lower deck pool.
The sides of the lower beach club fold out allowing the space to grow and be used as docking platforms for the tenders and other water toys. The outside balconies aft can be used for fishing during cruising and there is another bar on the starboard side. There is a tender bay that holds two customised tenders (an 11m and a 7m) and an SUV car underneath the lower beach club around the pool.

The 7.5m bow enables the yacht to move much better through heavy seas and allows more space for tenders, jet skis or small helicopter housing. There is a terrace aft reserved purely for the second owner, which can be closed off with hidden sliding doors for total privacy. Stairs on both the port and starboard sides give access to the expandable heli platform.
Besides the electrical Voith-Schneider Propellers for silent cruising with full stabilization and dynamic positioning, the tank deck is equipped with all necessary yacht equipment and a crew mess with a pantry for three chefs cooking and a bar/dining room for the entire crew.

The rest of the space is used for the 120,000l LOHC tanks. This fuel is liquid under normal pressure, non explosive and can be burned in fuel cells to produce up to one megawatt of electrical power to run the engines and all other electrical consumers on board. The yacht tops up at anchor using 860 m2 solar panels and a wind turbine, which makes the yacht energy autonomous with a reach of over 6,000 nm.


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