Diana Yacht Design Reveals Hydrogen Powered 36 Metre Concept Blue Angel
by Miranda Blazeby
Diana Yacht Design has revealed a new ecological yacht concept powered by hydrogen.
The 36 metre Blue Angel concept features naval architecture and exterior design by Diana Yacht Design with Belgian company Exmar Yachting, which developed the hydrogen powered technology.
The yacht is capable of running on hydrogen for short range journeys and uses hybrid electric for long range use.
Designed for the “hard-working modern family” looking to maximise their leisure time without harming the environment, the 299GT yacht is equipped to run on hydrogen as its sole fuel at a cruising speed of 12 knots. This means zero emission cruising with no noise pollution and no vibration.
The hydrogen itself is carried in safe, cylindrical tanks. The designer said its distribution has been extensively tested in pilot projects. The fuel can provide 100% of the power needed for short range journeys, while for longer range cruising the yacht is designed to use hybrid electric power.
The ecologically concept has been named “Blue Angel” after the eponymous certification for products that are deemed environmentally friendly in Germany.
Speaking about the “masculine and powerful” exterior design, Casper Marelis of Diana Yacht Design said he drew inspiration from automotive design.
“Blue Angel had to be something extreme which really catches your eye,” he said.
Designed to be a family home, the yacht’s accommodation is grouped together on the main deck. This comprises a full beam owner’s cabin, as well as one double and one twin stateroom. An additional guest cabin sits on the lower deck, which is convertible into a TV/ games room.
A staff of seven can be accommodated in the crew quarters, which includes a large galley and crew mess. Other features on board include spacious and open decks, large floor-to-ceiling windows, a vertical bow and smooth lines.
The aft deck provides the perfect al fresco lounging area next to the water’s edge. Once all tenders and toys have been deployed, this large open space can also be used as an outside dining area or open-air cinema.
While no interior designer has yet been announced, the yacht’s interior has been described as “spacious and modern” to provide a relaxing atmosphere. The yacht’s eco credentials continue below decks, with an interior populated with sustainable materials and Smart Energy screens, which encourage guests to turn off the air conditioning, in every room.