+VIDEO: Bill Gates Becomes First To Buy A £500M Hydrogen-Powered Super Yacht

Bill Gate and his £500M Hydrogen-Powered Super Yacht

The world's second-richest man has bought himself a futuristic superyacht that's powered entirely by liquid hydrogen - meaning its only emission is water.

Bill Gates is believed to have paid $645million in order to purchase Aqua, the plans of which were unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show last year.

The luxury liner is 370ft-long and comprises five decks complete with space for 14 guests, 31 crew members, a gym, yoga studio, beauty room, massage parlour and cascading pool on its rear deck.

But its most impressive feature is locked away in the hold - two 28-ton vacuum-sealed tanks that are cooled to -423F (-253C) and filled with liquid hydrogen which powers the ship.

Gates, 64, is known to regularly take vacations onboard superyachts, however, this is the first time he has bought one. In the past, he would usually rent boats during summer trips to the Mediterranean.

The new vessel is not expected to be ready to take to the open seas until 2024.

The hydrogen is pumped through a special type of fuel cell which converts it into electricity while emitting only water which can be safely pumped into the ocean.

Despite its novel fuel source, the vessel is able to reach 17 knots and travel 3,750 miles before it needs to refuel, enough to cover an Atlantic crossing from New York to Southampton.

When the plans for the Aqua were unveiled, it was only a concept but Gates decision to commission its construction is a milestone.

Designer Sander Sinot is hoping it will pave the way towards a more ecological future for the superyacht industry.

He said:

With every project, I challenge my team and myself to surpass ourselves. For the development of AQUA, we took inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner, the fluid versatility of water and cutting-edge technology to combine this in a superyacht with truly innovative features.

Working alongside Lateral Naval Architects, Sinot spent five months perfecting the details in the yacht in the hopes of one day being able to transform it into a real vessel.

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