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Lateral Thinking in Future Superyacht Technologies

Lateral Naval Architects announce new zero-emission technical platforms at Monaco Yacht Show.

24 September 2019

Commercial Maritime

Lateral Thinking in Future Superyacht Technologies

Leading UK naval architecture firm, Lateral, are delighted to announce the unveiling of their two latest technical engineering platforms at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show. Built upon the Lateral Futurology philosophy, the new projects aim to shape the future of superyacht engineering.

Firstly, project Inception, is a 68m technical platform with engineering architecture intended to offer greater creative flexibility to the industry’s design community. Inceptions aim is for engineering to enable designers to challenge the paradigm of layouts which are frequently constrained by technical arrangements.

To achieve this the Inception platform leverages Technical Innovation via an innovative energy architecture based on batteries as the primary source of onboard power. Lateral call this E-Hybrid; a system which allows the varying power demands of a modern superyacht to be seamlessly met. Diesel engines are provided for battery recharging only, and the system enables diesel generators to be selected purely on the basis of efficiency and optimum energy density. This brings advantages to overall architecture efficiency, flexibility of layout, noise and vibration, maintenance and operational effectiveness. These positive attributes allow for a far more compact system arrangement than traditional diesel electric, thereby offering more design options to clients and designers.

Lateral invited the design studio of Isaac Burrough Design to apply their creative design talents to conceive a design on Inception to Challenge The Paradigm of layout and configuration, with equally futuristic styling.

Isaac Burrough comments, “The genesis for this project came from two ideas; creating a greater connection between guests and the ocean, and crafting a luxury experience around a single-level living space. When the team at Lateral presented their platform to me, and the flexibility it offers, I realised that this was a great opportunity to rethink the entire paradigm of a typical yacht layout.”

The second project, initiated by and with exterior and interior design from SINOT Yacht Architecture & Design, project AQUA utilises 100% alternative fuels to present a technically audacious view of a zero emissions future. With a length overall of 112m and a GT of 3,530, AQUA has been developed around a hydrogen-electric propulsion and energy system architecture. Following extensive research and development into numerous alternative fuel options, Lateral selected a 28 tonne capacity liquid hydrogen system powering proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Additionally, an innovative propulsion system integrating a central gondola with a contra rotating propeller (CRP), together with twin vertical axis propellers (VSP) is proposed.

Alex Meredith Hardy, Principal Naval Architect at Lateral stated “The propulsion system developed for AQUA combines existing and proven technology but in a novel combination. We have called this TREADWATER and it will deliver the ultimate in precision manoeuvrability and response for harbour and station keeping operations via the instant thrust available in any direction from VSP units. In addition, the system has improved propulsion efficiency over a conventional twin shaft propulsion arrangement.”

James Roy, Managing Director at Lateral commented,

“We can postulate many things about future technologies in superyachts, but we can say for certain that a zero carbon and zero emissions future will be a certainty. As international maritime regulations continue to move towards driving zero-carbon shipping within this century we are investing in research and development of engineering solutions to deliver this. We believe that design should challenge engineering. In turn engineering must respond to enable more creative design in the simplest way possible. Engineering must deliver fresh ideas underpinned by a spectrum of technology enabling design to explore new avenues, ask new questions and challenge existing paradigms.”

Full details of the design, together with a 2m long scale model of the project will be unveiled at 11am on the opening day of the Monaco Yacht Show at the SINOT Yacht Architecture & Design, stand PP55. Further details on the projects technical platform and the technology developed are available at the Lateral stand.

Visit the Lateral team on stand QE10 at the Monaco Yacht Show, for further details on Lateral Futurology and the projects technical platforms.

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