SPRING-SUMMER 2010I sea&iI77thinkgreenAeonWith a rich past and present to be proud of, Feadship placesgreat emphasis on the future. Each year it unveils a conceptyacht that fuses advanced design and technological andengineering insights with the latest thinking on how upcominggenerations of owners can enjoy life at sea. After introducing the X-stream, F-stream and C-streamplatforms in 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively, Feadship cameup with a highly exciting new platform for 2009: Aeon. Feadship took the name Aeon as the starting point for a newvision of luxury yachting, and the results may well havea long-lasting effect on the way we perceive and enjoy life onand in the oceans. Aeon, shaped like a whale shark, is powered by an advancedenergy system using green power sources such as bio-fuel andsolar energy. Her bow is slightly flat, resembling the front ofa whale, and it slopes, which creates space for an observationarea forward. Inside, guests enjoy unique features, such as theocean observatory on the tank deck, where a giant windowprovides views on the oceanic world outside.The propulsion of Aeon is entirely electric, and the yacht runson hydrogen using fuel cells. As hydrogen is difficult to store itis made on board from synthetic bio-fuel that can be producedfrom algae - a green source of energy. The 400 square metresof solar panels that provide additional solar energy can beslightly tinted so the windows in the upper superstructure havethe same colour, a technique that is already in use outside theyachting industry. Feadship's chief designer Ronno Schouten comments:"Besides Aeon, we see only a few serious concepts in theindustry aimed at reducing the environmental impact ofyachting". Although every Feadship is designed to last, thisfuture-concept Feadship is taking things a significant stepfurther. The yard's 2010 innovation is yet to be unveiled.?
78Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010to show that this ideal is viable. Every opportunity to beenvironmentally responsible has been ensured."Soliloquy is powered by quiet, renewable, hybrid-electricenergy, which has zero-emission capabilities and results insignificant savings in fuel cost. If built, Soliloquy will complywith, and aims to excel in, various industry requirements,including the new Green Class certification from RINA.The heart of Soliloquy is her unique rigid-wing rig. Theinnovative overhead beam is designed to house three automatedand pivotally mounted, rigid-wing solarsails, each of which can beangled to optimise solar absorption when there is less than 12knots of wind. Soliloquy's three solarsails can independentlyrotate through 360 degrees, and can be coupled with theoptimised rigid-wing design to add propulsion efficiency. Thesolarsails themselves are a patented technology by Solar SailorHoldings Ltd. This technology has received a development grantfrom the US Navy for unmanned ocean vehicles and is currentlyused on a series of ferries. Solar energy can be stored in the yacht'sbatteries which, in turn, can quietly power the on-board electricswithout the need or noise of a generator. When not in use, thethree solar sails fold into the superstructure, which is clad inphotovoltaic surfacing and houses a bright, open interior withseveral large indoor/outdoor social areas. The use of carefullyselected renewable materials, as well as wood from sustainablymanaged forests, further minimises her carbon footprint.After displaying the model at the Monaco Yacht Club, at theLürssen stand of the Monaco Yacht Show, and the CNI stand inFort Lauderdale, Callender Designs has had meetings withclients to discuss adapting the Soliloquy concept for a bespoke,smaller version of a super-green superyacht. Soliloquy herself,however, is still looking for a client to transform her into reality.SoliloquyVisitors to the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show mayrecall seeing a futuristic model gracing the CNI stand. It certainlyraised a few eyebrows. Alastair Callender, of Callender Designs,is the brains behind this much publicised and radical 58m (190')rigid-wing superyacht concept, which will be powered by wind,solar and Hybrid Marine Power (HMP) technology from SolarSailor Holdings Ltd. Soliloquy might just be the epitome of asupergreen superyacht. Initially aimed at the eco-friendly owner,Soliloquy pushes the boundaries of yacht design convention aswe know it, and points to the future of clean, luxury yachting.Callender, an award-winning graduate in boat design witha BA (Hons) degree from Coventry University, England,explains the concept of Soliloquy: "In this ever-moreenvironmentally conscious time, I wanted to focus myattention on looking at possible solutions to some of thecurrent issues associated with the superyacht industry.Eco-luxury should no longer be viewed as an oxymoron.'Soliloquy - the Super-Green Superyacht' is a true metaphor