AQUA is the project name of this 112m fuel cell (hydrogen) superyacht by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and Lateral Naval Architects.

According to the design studio, AQUA‘s exterior lines are inspired by ocean swells. The sharp reverse bow reminds me of NAUTILUS – the ship in the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. SINOT placed the AQUA room here, like in NATURE – one of the studio’s previous projects. This area belongs to the owner’s area. The designers used curvy lines on the bridge deck on top of the yacht and rear lines of the vessel. The bridge deck also features a helipad.

The Hydrogen Propulsion

AQUA has large hydrogen capacity (two 28-ton tanks) for an operating range of 3,750 nautical miles at 17 knots. The proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells generating power of four MW to support the hotel functions and the electric engines (one MW each) with contra-rotating propellers and Voith Schneider propellers. The hydrogen is stored at -253° Celsius.

AQUA Fuel Cell Yacht Sinot

Interior styling of AQUA

Main SpecificationsAQUA

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Has it been sold to Mr. Bill Gates?

Many mainstream news media reported the sale of a hydrogen yacht to the Microsoft founder Mr. Bill Gates and showed renderings and videos of AQUA. The design studio said that it is not valid. There are no relations to Mr. Gates; the concept is still under development and is a showcase project to inspire innovative clients.