Sanlorenzo first fuel cell powered yacht

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Sanlorenzo launches first fuel-cell powered 50Steel superyacht

19 May 2024 • Written by Katia Damborsky

Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo has launched its highly-anticipated 49.9-metre superyacht at its La Spezia facilities. With hotel load powered by "green" methanol and fuel cell reformer technology, the yacht marks one of a small, but growing number of yachts exploring alternative power sources in a bid for carbon-neutral cruising. Delivery is scheduled for July 2024.

Christened Almax, the new model has been designed by Piero Lissoni and Zuccon International Project (interiors and exteriors respectively) and the shipyard reports that four units in the new line have been sold already.

The launch ceremony was held as part of an open day for over 700 guests that included clients, journalists and friends of the shipyard. The event invited attendees to tour and sea trial various Sanlorenzo and Bluegame models, as well as visit the yachts under construction. 

The fuel-cell technology on Almax will convert biomethanol (or "green" methanol) into electricity up to a maximum of 100kW, which will allow the yacht to sit at anchor completely emission-free. The yard estimated this could cover up to "90 per cent of the typical usage time of a superyacht with zero emissions". 

As well as its sustainable credentials, the yacht will also have what Sanlorenzo is calling a Hidden Engine Room (or HER). The newly-patented design sees the engine room concealed in the lower deck in a way that frees up space on the aft to create an open, 150-square-metre "Ocean Lounge" beach club with a pool and unfolding sea terraces. The horizontal positioning of the engine room also gives way to an unusual split-level layout that was first seen on the SP110 and creates impressive head heights of between 2.1 metres and 3.35 metres.

"With the launch of the 50Steel, Sanlorenzo celebrates a fundamental milestone in its history, in the spirit of innovation and sustainability. The new line of superyachts embodies the pioneering spirit and passion for challenges that have always guided us in the design and construction of our fleet," said Massimo Perotti, chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo. "I believe what sets us apart is the ability to drive industry innovation, embracing cutting-edge technology and sustainability to achieve the ambitious goals of reducing our environmental footprint."

The new 50Steel will sit below 500GT and will offer accommodation across five cabins, including the owner's cabin. Guest accommodation will be accompanied by a gym and spa area.

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