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80-Ft. Clean Energy catamaran revealed at Annapolis Sailboat Show

by Meg Walburn Viviano 20 Oct 2018 00:58 UTC
I virtually explore the D80 at the United States Sailboat Show. © Meg Walburn Viviano

A first-of-its-kind, hydrogen-powered catamaran went public at the Annapolis Boat Show last weekend. Daedalus Yachts, headed up by Google Maps creator Stefan Muff and longtime carbon boatbuilder Michael Reardon, will take the $12.5 million D80 luxury yacht to sea trials next year.

The 80-foot catamaran is powered by three different kinds of clean energy. First, hydrogen is regenerated right on the boat. That means it will never need to stop for fuel. The onboard water maker takes in salt water, deionizes and cracks the molecule, and releases the salt water, giving oxygen back to the environment while keeping the hydrogen. It is stored in BMW lithium battery banks.

Next, the mutihull uses solar power, featuring a trampoline made of Solar Cloth, a flexible fabric that is also used on satellites orbiting the earth, for a total of 109 square meters of solar material.

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