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Hydrogen-powered Superyacht

MASK Architects, a renowned name in innovative marine design, has unveiled the ONYX H2-BO 85, the world's first 85-meter superyacht powered by onboard hydrogen production

Hydrogen-powered Superyacht Image.. MASK Architects / ONYX H2-BO 85 by MASK Architects

This remarkable vessel not only ushers in a new era of sustainability in the yachting industry, but also sets new standards for luxury and environmental awareness.

"In a world where the marine industry is placing increasing emphasis on sustainability and emission reduction, MASK architects introduces the groundbreaking 'ONYX H2-BO 85,' the world's first yacht capable of producing hydrogen on board," the company said on its website.

Hydrogen and hydroelectric turbines

This groundbreaking vessel ingeniously combines hydrogen production by electrolysis with hydroelectric turbines, providing a unique solution for renewable energy generation during short cruising distances while minimizing environmental impact.

The integration of a hydrogen production system powered by hydroelectric turbines marks a transformative moment for the yachting industry.

By utilizing the energy-efficient electrolysis process using hydroelectric turbines, the ONYX H2-BO 85 emits no harmful gases locally, significantly improving the marine environment and reducing the yacht's carbon footprint while cruising.

"Hydropower turbines efficiently capture the kinetic energy of the surrounding water, surpassing conventional generators in terms of energy efficiency. This clean energy approach enables the 'ONYX H2-BO 85' to generate and store hydrogen on board, eliminating the need for large fuel reserves and providing easily accessible energy while sailing or anchoring at low speed," as explained on the company's website.

Hydrogen-powered Superyacht image 2 Image.. MASK Architects / ONYX H2-BO 85 by MASK Architects

Sustainability factor

The sustainability of the yacht revolves mainly around the innovative combination of electrolysis and hydroelectric turbines, making it an environmentally friendly choice. Seawater taken directly from the environment undergoes pretreatment before being subjected to electrolysis, splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen gases. The hydrogen is then safely stored, ready to be used as fuel for engines, generators or fuel cells.

"MASK Architects' ONYX H2-BO 85 is the world's first superyacht powered by its own hydrogen production in response to the maritime industry's growing emphasis on sustainability and emissions reduction. This reduces the yacht's reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in significant long-term cost savings amid rising fuel prices and stable hydropower costs," the company said.

The ONYX H2-BO 85 represents a quantum leap in environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, on-board comfort and financial savings.

Reference.. maskarchitects.com

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