Bill Gates bought the world’s first hydrogen superyacht, dubbed Aqua. It is a one-off ship costing around $ 644 million, or around € 588 million. This hydrogen-powered yacht was unveiled at the Munich Boat Show last year and is 112 meters long. There’s everything on board, including an indoor pool, helipad, spa, and gym.
31 crew members and up to 14 guests can embark. Luxury aside, this superyacht is characterized by a nod to the surroundings.
Incorporates two liquid hydrogen tanks under the lids. Using fuel cell technology, this is converted into energy to power the electric motors on board.
The performance of the superyacht is not a record in terms of speed, as it can reach a top speed of 17 knots, or about 32 km / h.
Autonomy, however, this is fine since you can travel to 6,000 km. Theoretically, it would be possible to leave London and reach New York without emitting polluting emissions.
However, there are very few hydrogen refueling stations, so this impressive vessel is equipped with a spare diesel engine to be able to reach the port in the event of a lack of hydrogen. In theory, it will sail the seas before 2024.
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, has long been interested in alternative fuels and new technologies that limit polluting emissions from industry and transportation. An investment with which Gates intends to say, probably, that to travel by boat it is not necessary to pollute.