Multi-billionaire, Bill Gates has been reported as ordering a super toy for his pleasure, and as an advocate of nature friendliness to the core, Bill Gates is going to be the proud owner of the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht.
The superyacht will be featuring a helipad, its own spa, and gym staffed by paid professionals, the wow craft is going to have five decks on which palatial dwellings for fourteen guests will be situated along with accommodations for its thirty-one crew members.
The futuristic vessel was first brought to limelight during last year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the 112-meter (370ft) superyacht is the design of Sinot, the Dutch design firm with a reputation for designing luxury seafaring vessels.
For power source, the superyacht, “Aqua” will be powered primarily by a liquid hydrogen fuel engine, and it, therefore, comes as no surprise that the multi-billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft who has a reputation for everything green has commissioned the luxury vessel that is reputed to produce water vapor into the air instead of smoke.
The luxurious Aqua superyacht comes at a very high price of £500m ($644m).
While describing the luxury vessel last year, Sander Sinot, owner of the Dutch design firm Sinot said:
“For the development of Aqua, we took inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner, the fluid versatility of water and cutting-edge technology, to combine this in a superyacht with truly innovative features.”
The Aqua has within its superstructure a host of cutting-edge features. Because of the chemical and physical properties of hydrogen it’s primary fuel, very special conditions must be met, situated below decks are two vacuum-sealed tanks each weighing a massive 28-tonnes, these tanks maintain sub-zero temperature of -423F (-253C) when filled with liquid hydrogen, which power the ship’s two one-megawatt motors and propellors.
According to Sunday Telegraph, Bill Gates super toy is expected to hit the seas around 2024, and when it does, it is expected to have top speeds of around 17 knots (about 20mph), and on a full tank of hydrogen fuel, it’s expected to cover up to 3,750 miles (that’s roughly London to New York) before it will need refueling, however, due to the rarity of hydrogen fuelling stations, Aqua will have in place for such emergencies a “diesel back-up” engine.
The Aqua is reported to be the first luxury yacht in the multi-billionaire and second richest man in the world’s collection of vessels as before now he always rented one when he needed it.