• Jan 15th 2011 at 6:22PM
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We don't feature ocean going vessels on ABG too often, but every once in a while it is nice to take a break from our four-wheeled companions. Especially when the boat under discussion is as cool as the LSV pictured above. Sauter Carbon Offset Design has introduced what they are claiming is the world's first zero carbon life support vessel (LSV). This super-yacht gets its LSV denomination because you can basically live on it indefinitely, as it contains two hydroponic farms as well as fishing accommodations.

Capturing energy on the 144 ft Ocean Empire should be easy no matter what the weather conditions as the vessel contains three methods of energy capture. First, 4,305 square feet of solar panels can capture 70 kW of power, should it be cloudy out, an auxiliary 861 square foot skysail can be used to generate 200 kW, enough to power the yacht at 18 knots. Finally, Motion Damping Regeneration (MDR) keeps the ship from bobbing up and down due to waves, and captures some of that energy (as much as 50 kW). If all else fails there is a Daimler Turbo Compound DD16 BlueTec diesel electric engine that can get the ship moving.

Sounds good, right, and a way fun way to live in the Waterworld future. All of these features don't come cheap, however, with the base price starting at $17 million. Ouch.

[Source: Luxurylaunches and gizmag]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      $17 million, $25 million what's the difference when that is a bankers bonus or just pennies to the dollar when you have billions. Oh yeah, looks like these customers are the ones that are taxed too much. :(
      • 8 Months Ago
      1) The base price says $25 million.... NOT $17mil

      2) The design shown does NOT have any space for a sky sail system.*

      *automotive concept designers, like ship concept designers... are NOT engineers, they are Artists.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Maybe that's with a tax incentive?
        • 8 Months Ago

        Watch the video, "SkySails - The Technology" on the right side of the page.

        The sail cannot be tossed up into the wind... it must be raised on a boom and unfurled. Also, there is a storage bin for the sail.

        It is not a huge footprint... but it should be displayed on drawings. Winch, boom, and storage, takes about an area of 5' x 10'... judging from the video. The size might scale down a little. But not much.
        • 8 Months Ago
        How much space do you think a skysail needs?

        All that is required is an attachment point. And perhaps a winch to bring it in.

        SkySails is certainly supportive of the concept:


      • 8 Months Ago
      It certainly looks nice, not sure it will work in the real world...
      • 8 Months Ago
      Let's see...

      "First, 4,305 square feet of solar panels can capture 70 kW of power, should it be cloudy out, an auxiliary 861 square foot skysail can be used to generate 200 kW, enough to power the yacht at 18 knots. Finally, Motion Damping Regeneration (MDR) keeps the ship from bobbing up and down due to waves, and captures some of that energy (as much as 50 kW)"

      Solar panels: 70kw (peak)
      Wave power: 50kw (peak)
      Wind power: 200kw (peak).

      No, I don't think the sail will be backing up the solar panels, I think the solar panels will be backing up the sail. And the motion damping system will be powering the electronics.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Interesting concept, pipe dream, totally.
      • 8 Months Ago
      here's the real deal that I think has circumnavigated the globe purely on solar power

      pretty cool if cargoships could get a significant amount of their power from solar.
      it could unfold huge areas of solar panels if the weather is suitable.
      400x100m at 17% adds up.
        • 8 Months Ago

        Actually, all sailing vessels can sail upwind, they just have to tack (sp?) back and forth:



        The first image shows how a skysails equipped vessel would do it.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Sorry, but I just don't see solar panels functioning in salty, icy conditions, as a Skysails system can. I wouldn't travel on the Planet Solar ship until they installed a Skysails system as a backup.
        • 8 Months Ago
        sure it could have a skysails system too but that's not a guarantee as it only works with wind from behind. actual sails would be better. could also have wind turbines so it can sail in direct headwind.
        also small ICE backup running on synthetic fuel produced by green electricity. a good engine can be over 50% efficient
        • 8 Months Ago
        ah didn't realize the skysail could point in a direction other than the wind but I guess they can control that with wires to some extent
      • 8 Months Ago
      I had a similar idea, but I wouldn't spend anywhere close to that much. It would also be 75-80 feet using two shipping containers as a starting point. I really like the idea that they have for wave damping and energy generation. I also like the hydroponic idea, but I'm not sure how foreign countries will see it. I don't think it would need a diesel generator/engine, at least I know I wouldn't be able to afford fuel (limited places to buy, high taxes, and really bad milage add up to really high bills to go anywhere).

      I'm not sure I would trust the skysail system, I could be wrong since kite boarders have been using them successfully. I would think that a regular sailboat would do just fine when the conditions are right, but the sails could be taken down and the solar panels would still be able to power the boat. I think a screecher sail would be less manpower intensive. Now if the skysail was filled with a little hydrogen generated by the solar panels from the H2O to keep it up out of the water...

      (One picky note is that the green lights on the left (port) side have to be red.)
      • 8 Months Ago
      The real question is how many MPG this ship/boat gets. I bet, not very many.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I think the question is, why hasn't this 'green' company come out with a sail boat with electric motors? Why do all of their boats have diesel engines? Boats are not very fuel friendly and marine fuel is already more expensive. Plus that is a lot of weight to carry around. They could probably sell some reasonable boats that wouldn't need refueling.

        They could give one to me and I would enjoy testing it and proving that a solar/wind boat would work. :)

        Add in the wave power generation and damping, and some hydroponic food and I think it would be a interesting design. I would also like to see room for kayaks and a solar powered dingy.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'll build the same boat for $2M LESS!!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Very cool.

      Waiting for the cost to drop so that i can own one............ lol
        • 8 Months Ago
        at 350$/kWh for 16% efficient cells on ebay you can make your own in a smaller size.
        about 60$/m2 or 6$/sq foot
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