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
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
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
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
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.