Polish yard Sunreef Yachts has released the first images of its zero-emission catamaran named the Zero Cat. By producing clean hydrogen, the shipyard reaffirms its commitment to discovering "cleaner and greener yachting solutions".
Currently in development with Sunreef's R&D department, the new sailing superyacht will measure in excess of 27.4 metres and aims to combine hydrogen power with electric propulsion for a new standard of eco-conscious cruising. It will generate net zero emissions, no nitrogen oxides or sulfur oxides.
According to the yard, the Zero Cat will house a hydrogen generator to produce its own hydrogen sourced from green methanol on board, which will be used to power the majority of the yacht's energy requirements. Other advantages include low noise and vibration levels.
Additional green power will come from an onboard solar power system, with solar cells built into the hulls and superstructure.
The mix of power feeds into a fuel cell system used to generate zero-emission energy for both the electric propulsion and hotel load, including the air conditioning, watermakers and onboard electronics.
"Our goal is to revolutionise the industry by offering discerning customers an exceptional zero-emission sailing experience," Sunreef co-founder and CTO Nicolas Lapp said in a statement. "This project represents a milestone in our ongoing commitment to protecting our oceans and preserving the natural beauty of the sea."
The Zero Cat follows a series of new project announcements from Sunreef, including a new hybrid power catamaran range known as Ultima and a new 33M Explorer Eco model with transpacific capabilities. The yard also has 13 orders currently on order, according to BOATPro, with deliveries extending until 2025.