This might not be in the realm of possibilities for many of us, but a lot of the concepts are pretty cool and hopefully some of them will trickle down to a more manageable scale for those of us who sail on a smaller platform.
The Ocean Empire Life Support Vessel (LSV) is a 144′ Solar Hybrid LSV with two hydroponic farms and fishing facilities to harvest the sea. Her 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 sq. meter 70kw solar array and illuminates two hydroponic farms
The second source is energy from the wind, which powers an auxiliary 80 sq. meter 200kw automated SkySail that drives the Ocean Empire to 18+knots and charges her 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 MDR system is basically an ATMD (adjustable tuned mass damper) utilized in skyscrapers, such as Taipei 101 to reduce their swaying motion. In this application 16tons of batteries are the mass while linear generators produce up to 50kws of electricity as they dampen the motion of the Ocean Empire super-yacht.
Richard Sauter, head of design, had this to say: “The Ocean Empire LSV leads the way in freeing the super-yacht community from its strict dependence on unsustainable resources by being the first to harness the renewable collective resources ever present in the earth’s biosphere.
The Ocean Empire LSV is a super-yacht catamaran. As such, she optimizes what is recognized as the most dynamic form of oceangoing platform. Her Daimler Turbo Compound BlueTec engine is the most advanced EPA diesel ever built, and her Sunpower solar cells are the most efficient to date.
For more information, go to www.sautercarbonoffsetdesign.com.