Ocean Empire - world’s first self-sufficient zero carbon superyacht

Carbon neutral design specialist Sauter Carbon Offset Design has revealed design details of its latest 44m green superyacht, Ocean Empire Life Support Vessel (LSV), which will be powered by energy from the sun, wind and waves.

Designed by British designer Richard Sauter of Sauter Zero Carbon Design, the 144-ft long Ocean Empire LSV is considered to be the world’s first self-sufficient zero carbon superyacht. The yacht is a Solar Hybrid LSV with two Hydroponic farms and fishing facilities to harvest the sea. The yacht’s solar powered propulsion systems as well as all of the hotel amenities of a luxury global voyager are supplied by harnessing three major sources of sustainable energy.

The first and foremost source is energy from the sun which powers a 400 square meter 70kw solar array and illuminates two hydroponic farms. The second source is energy from the wind which powers an auxiliary 80 square meter 200kw automated SkySail that drives the Ocean Empire to 18-plus knots and charges its GM ESS2 battery systems. The third source is energy from waves captured by Motion Damping Regeneration (MDR) - a new form of ATMD developed in collaboration with Maurer Sohnes Gmbh.

The cost of the yacht is estimated at $25 million and it can accommodate 10 guests and eight crew members.

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