“Billionaire Bill Gates has not commissioned a hydrogen-powered superyacht from designer Sinot,” reports the BBC, citing their direct confirmation from the company itself.
It has been widely reported that Mr Gates ordered a £500m ($644m) luxury vessel, based on the concept which was displayed in Monaco in 2019. Sinot said it had “no business relationship” with Bill Gates. It added that that the concept yacht, called Aqua, was “not linked” to either him or any of his representatives.
“Aqua is a concept under development and has not been sold to Mr. Gates,” a spokeswoman said.
The Guardian has now removed their original article. But here’s what they’d originally reported: Bill Gates has ordered the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht, worth an estimated £500m ($644m) and featuring an infinity pool, helipad, spa and gym…
The boat has five decks and space to accommodate 14 guests and 31 crew members. In a further environmentally friendly feature, gel-fuelled fire bowls allow guests to stay warm outside without having to burn wood or coals.
But its most cutting-edge feature is tucked away below decks – two 28-tonne vacuum-sealed tanks that are cooled to -423F (-253C) and filled with liquid hydrogen, which powers the ship. The fuel will generate power for the two one-megawatt motors and propellors via on-board fuel cells, which combine hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity. Water is a byproduct.
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