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© Edmiston

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered superyacht developed in the Netherlands

Project 821 is set to be the “world’s first” superyacht utilising hydrogen fuel cells, created in the Netherlands by Feadship and designed by RWD.

However, despite its 100+ metre size, the vessel cannot carry enough liquid hydrogen to power a crossing but can instead generate enough electricity to serve the hotel load. Project 821’s double-walled cryogenic fuel tank holds four tonnes of hydrogen and is connected to 16 compact fuel cells.

Therefore, during longer travels or when pure hydrogen is not available, electricity powering a 3,200kW ABB pod drive comes from MTU generators combusting HVO, which has been tested and proven on the 2023 Feadship, Obsidian.

Currently located at Feadship’s Amsterdam shipyard, the country’s “largest motor yacht ever launched” is now being offered for sale by Edmiston, worth €600m ($647m).

Jan-Bart Verkuyl, Feadship Director and CEO of the Royal Van Lent Shipyard, said, “We have now shown that cryogenic storage of liquefied hydrogen in the interior of a superyacht is a viable solution.

“For Feadship, the bottom line is that the decarbonisation of Feadship’s upstream process such as our extensive use of aluminium produced in a more environmentally sensitive way and the production of Net Zero carbon-free fuels or hydrogen carriers deserves utmost priority.”

The Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) found that 70-78% of a yacht’s total energy use per day is its hotel load, with heating and air conditioning making the largest demands.

Project 821 has also implemented an efficient waste heat recovery system, capable of heating everything from the pool, jacuzzi and steam room to the air temperature and towel bars and floors in guest bathrooms. Further savings will come from a Smart AC system.

Earlier this year (2024), NatPower H and ZHA announced they would develop a hydrogen refuelling station to support recreational boating. The €100m ($108m) infrastructure is expected to be installed this year and has already been adhered to by 25 Italian marinas and ports.

Read more:NatPower H and ZHA to revolutionise yachting industry with hydrogen refuelling infrastructure


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