Beijing time on the morning of February 10, according tomedia reports, Bill Gates recently ordered the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht “Aqua”, worth about 500 million pounds (about 4.499 billion yuan), equipped with unlimited swimming pool, helipad, spa and gym facilities. The 112-meter-long luxury yacht, which Gates ordered, is powered entirely by liquid hydrogen and designed by Dutch design firm Sinot.
Speaking about the yacht project, designer Sander Sinot said: “For Aqua’s development, we draw inspiration from the flow of water and cutting-edge technology based on the lifestyle of the subscribers and combine it with the innovative design of the superyacht. “
The yacht has five deck spaces and can accommodate 14 guests and 31 crew members. Another, more environmentally friendly feature is the gel-fueled fire bowls that keep guests warm outdoors without burning wood or coal.
But its most advanced features are hidden under the deck, where two 28-ton vacuum-sealed compartments are cooled to minus 253 degrees Celsius, filled with liquid hydrogen to power the yacht. The fuel will generate electricity from two 1-megawatt engines and propellers via a fuel cell on board, which combines hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity, and water is a by-product of the process.
According to media reports, the yacht is unlikely to be out to sea by 2024. The ship can reach speeds of 17 knots (about 20 miles per hour) and travel 3,750 miles with one oil (about the distance from London to New York). The media added that the ship would use “diesel spare” due to a shortage of hydrogen fuel stations.
Mr Gates, 64, is now the world’s second-richest man with a fortune of $118bn (?92bn). He’s just an ordinary superyacht enthusiast and has never owned a yacht before. He usually rents a yacht. On a holiday off the coast of Sardinia, he used to ride the $330m yacht Serene, owned by red-card vodka tycoon Yuri Scheffler.
The investment highlights Mr Gates’s long-standing interest in alternative fuels and his enthusiasm for new technologies that could address carbon emissions in industry and transport, which together account for 75 per cent of the world’s carbon footprint.
Bill Gates is also an investor in Heliogen, a California start-up that aims to turn sunlight into a heat source of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius to replace fossil fuels. It is the first company in the world to concentrate sunlight on heat to power heavy industry without producing carbon emissions.
Gates also promised to donate most of his $118 billion worth of assets to charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This week he donated $100 million to help fight the new coronavirus. (Wind)