Typically very discreet when it comes to clients and designs, Lurssen’s latest outspoken concept acknowledges the need to take assertive steps when it comes to securing the future of the superyacht industry. The yard, who is now building the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell for a ‘pioneering and driven client’, will make no secret of its sustainable ambitions in Superyachts.com’s upcoming documentary series ‘Top 100: Building Green Giants’.
Described as “a fraction of reality in movement”, ALICE presents an utopian vision of design married with real, climate-driven innovation. The yacht’s decks feature a labyrinth of parks and ponds, driving a harmonic reunion with nature that is bolstered by ALICE’s organically farmed wood decking and emission-free fuel cell propulsion.
“A lot of owners say that they don’t really use the main salon,” explained Lurssen’s exterior designer Jim Sluijter, “What you end up with is a boat with a really long sheerline, no main deck, and everything else happens above it. ALICE has an exterior deck of about 100m long, where you can have all sorts of exterior activities.”
Based on hydrogen reformed from green methanol, ALICE’s fuel cells are able to generate electrical energy to replace the conventional diesel generators of a yacht. If higher speed and energy demand is required, an additional methanol engine may be added.
Energy saving technology such as waste heat recovery systems and mirrored glass windows serve to reduce the load of the air conditioning systems on board. ALICE’s tenders and toys are also all-electric, so there are no diesel engines onboard.
The yacht’s interior design, tastefully put together by Dasha Moranova Designs, makes no compromise on luxury and sophistication in its effort to present a more conscious vision of the future.
More than just a concept, ALICE is a fully-fledged vision of the future so radically progressive and yet perfectly in reach. For more information on how Lurssen is innovating beyond the pale to achieve an emission-free future, stay tuned for Superyachts.com's upcoming Top 100 Series 2.