Feadship launches benchmark solar cell yacht

Feadship Project 713, solar cell auxiliary power.

Feadship's Project 713 features solar cells for auxiliary power. Photo: Feadship

Feadship has launched the 59.5-metre Project 713 which it says is the first of its yachts to carry solar cells for auxiliary power generation.

The vessel features diesel-electric propulsion with the ability to run on non-fossil fuel HVO, “like all other Feadships” as the company bids to become climate neutral by 2030.

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The hull form is optimised for cruising speed rather than top speed, while the solar panels will add to the yacht’s efficiency by producing up to 24 MWh annually.

Project 713 is also Feadship’s first new build to be fitted with FSC-certified sustainable teak decking.

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The yacht has undergone a Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) Assessment report to measure its environmental impact, in terms of life cycle and operational energy.

It is deemed to be 35% below average impact. According to Feadship, the owner has been “instrumental for the design an environmental impact reduction”.

Feadship recently launched the 100m+ Project 821, the world’s first hydrogen fuel-cell superyacht.

Hydrogen fuel cells, a combustion-free way to generate electricity, have pure water as their only exhaust, says the company.

“The aim has been to develop a new, clean technology not just for this project, but for the world,” said Jan-Bart Verkuyl, Feadship Director / CEO Royal Van Lent Shipyard.