Ferretti Group has announced a sustainable powered yacht to be powered using modern fuel cells.
The Group’s CRN shipyard has been awarded international certification for its Sustainable Powered Yacht (SUP-Y) project from RINA Services Spa which has confirmed the yacht meets the regulatory requirements for safe implementation and is sized appropriately for proper functioning and easy management.
The regulatory process has taken around 18 months of R&D by the Ferretti Group Super Yacht Division, Weichai Power Science & Technology Division and RINA Services Spa to develop the sustainable architecture required.
“The collaboration with RINA Services Spa confirms and underscores CRN’s commitment to pushing both the boundaries of sustainable maritime applications and the brand’s proactive approach towards the incorporation of sustainable power supplies into their vessels,” said a spokesperson.
“This initiative shows that the shipyard is at the forefront of adopting greener technologies within the yachting industry.”
The purpose of the project is to determine a sustainable technical architecture with the most efficient implementation of fuel cell technology. Sustainable concepts have been developed for two superyacht naval platforms.
The first is with hybrid propulsion for yachts from 60m to 70m and the second uses a diesel-electric power plant for yachts from 75m to 90m.
Both architectures are equipped with PEM Fuel Cells as an alternative power source, using hydrogen reformed from green methanol.
The fuel cells are optimised to ensure predefined levels of performance and autonomy –
several days in full hotel mode without diesel generators running and the capability to sail in zero emission mode for several hours depending on cruising speed.
The approach, says Ferretti, will significantly reduce total emissions and ensure compliance with the strictest environmental standards.
The new technology is based on an easy-to-manage system that meets all regulatory requirements to ensure safety on board.