Sanlorenzo signs an exclusive partnership with Siemens Energy
A collaboration focused on developing new solutions to reduce the environmental impact of motor yachts.
Sanlorenzo opened the Cannes Yachting Festival announcing the signing of an exclusive agreement with Siemens Energy for the joint development of solutions for the integration of fuel cell technology in the 24-80m yachting sector and two contracts for the development and the purchase of next generation diesel electric and hybrid systems. The agreement will enable the creation of new technologies aimed at significantly reducing the impact of yacht usage on the marine ecosystem, with significant benefits in terms of environmental sustainability. The collaboration will be implemented in three areas:
- Methanol fuel cell systems for generating electricity on board: an innovative solution, not yet available in the yachting sector, which allows the vessel to generate electricity when the engines and generators are off, significantly extending the time spent at anchor and while underway without consuming diesel fuel. The project aims to create a “net-zero GHG emission” system compatible with the limited space available on board and with use in a marine environment. The first prototype will be installed on a 50-metre Sanlorenzo hybrid superyacht currently in advanced design, whose delivery is expected in 2024.
- New generation diesel electric propulsion systems aimed at reducing GHG emissions and fuel consumption, intended for application on yacht models over 50 metres: the current technology, already used on megayachts, thanks to the collaboration with Siemens Energy will see a significant evolution in terms of energy efficiency and reduction of overall dimensions and will be integrated with the latest generation of lithium batteries and hotel utility management systems; in the future, it will also be possible to integrate electrical generation through fuel cells. The first signed order covers the application on three Sanlorenzo units from 50 to 70 metres.
- New-generation hybrid propulsion systems designed to reduce GHG emissions and fuel consumption, intended for use on yachts below 50 meters: the current technology, already used on superyachts, thanks to the collaboration with Siemens Energy, will see significant optimisation in terms of size, costs and ease of use and will be integrated with the latest generation of lithium battery systems and hotel utility management; in the future, it will also be possible to integrate electrical generation via fuel cells. The first signed order is for implementation on the new SD90S model which will see light during 2022.
Massimo Perotti, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sanlorenzo, stated: “We are very proud to have signed these agreements with Siemens Energy, one of the world’s leading energy technology companies; by sharing our experience and resources, we will be able to best meet the challenges of sustainability by pioneering the development of a new generation of technologies that will mark a major shift in the yachting industry”. Ermanno Delogu, Country Business Unit Head of Siemens Energy, stated “Together with our partner Sanlorenzo, we support our customers on their way to a more sustainable future. We have the know-how, and innovative technologies. Together we turn ideas into reality and aim to play a leading role in the yachting sector”.