A new green icon
The Flettner rotor super yacht concept FY.01 by 3deluxe
Wiesbaden. Germany – Right in time for the Monaco Yacht Show, 3deluxe is unveiling its FY.01 low carbon-emission superyacht concept. In 2021, the architecture and design studio developed the VY.01 Super Yacht – which was already a climate-friendly “floating Garden of Eden”.
The latest superyacht concept by 3deluxe is a Flettner Rotor powered catamaran superyacht which showcases the benefits of this forgotten innovation. The outcome is a superyacht with incomparable open deck experiences and an iconic profile which is a strong and powerful statement showcasing the incorporation of sustainable technology into a superyacht design.
WE ALL CAN DO BETTER!
No longer can any sector world-wide ignore the problem of climate change and its consequences: Every branch of industry is trying to find new ways to reduce CO2 emissions in manufacturing and operations and to proactively combat the negative impacts of burning fossil fuels. Consequently, there must be positive progress in yacht building as well. The existing inventiveness coupled with the outstanding engineering potential, provide an ideal foundation to get the entire ship building industry moving faster in the direction of zero emissions. 3deluxe’s new yacht design study illustrates the potentials of the Flettner rotor as another powerful element down the path to achieving the goal of zero emissions.
The significant profile of FY.01 can become clearly visible statement not only for the focus on sustainability and innovation by the future owner but also for an industry on the forefront changing the mindset towards a sustainable hedonistic future.
REVIVING FLETTNER’S FORGOTTEN POTENTIALS:
HIGHLY EFFICIENT WIND-POWER DRIVES AS A CLEAN SOURCE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
Developed already about 100 years ago the Flettner Rotors use rotating vertical pipes to transform wind energy into a highly efficient transversal force. Very much like a top spin in tennis or a curve ball in baseball change direction due to their rotation. Responsible for this effect is the so-called Magnus force. Over the recent years this forgotten technology is having a powerful revival due to the availability of new technologies and materials. Currently predominantly on utility vessels companies are starting to substantially increase fuel efficiency on large scale commercial vessels by adding Flettner Rotors.
Silently powered by electricity generated by the white solar panels on the roof surfaces of the yacht, the biggest potential is in the incredible efficiency of this system. Depending on the wind conditions, the force generated by the rotor supersedes a sail of equivalent size. The lightweight, up to 40m high cylinders are constructed by sustainable NFC Natural Fibre Composite.
In combination with state of the art steering and navigation systems, this allows to reduce the energy consumption and the CO2 emissions of this cruising superyacht by up to 40%. The electric hybrid drives installed in the catamaran bodies of the FY.01 can therefore be optimized in their efficiency. The capacity of the high efficiency batteries will also provide the needed energy over a longer period of time.
SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES CREATING NEW DESIGN AESTHETICS
The designers at 3deluxe seized on the unusual, solid look of Flettner rotors on a yacht as an exciting challenge and opportunity to render sustainability visible and transform it into a look that showcases the owners desire to push sustainable technologies. The 100-meter-long luxury yacht is a catamaran which serves to provide a steady base for the three almost 30-meter-high lightweight rotors, arranged in a triangular pattern on the superstructure. This layout of the vertical elements ensures the yacht is far from resembling customary sailing boats or motor yachts – and thus heralds the launch of a completely new type of ship.
GENEROUS OPEN DECKS FOR A 24HRS OUTDOOR LIVING
The arrangement of the Flettner rotors together with the width and stability of the 20-meter-wide catamaran hull contrasts sharply with classic sailing yachts, as it provides highly appealing open decks that can be used at will and with an unmistakable character of their own. This might involve a free-floating infinity pool spanned between the hulls via a central protected atrium area midships, or the dramatic bow tips that offer a fire-pit lounge and a shallow, salt-water pool, creating highly attractive spaces in the forward section.
Vertical greenhouse modules are integrated into the uppermost deck and provide fresh food for the adjacent open show kitchen. The galley is thus removed from somewhere on the lower decks, brought up topsides to the fresh air – and morphs into a key location for communal and entertaining preparation of meals, becoming the central communicative space on board.
Midships are home to the living room, the owner’s space, indoor dining, a small indoor park, and the wheelhouse.
The two hulls provide plenty of space for sustainable drive technology, battery storage, and fuel cells, as well as spacious suites for the crew and guests.
- 3deluxe as a design office with its headquarters in Wiesbaden unites around 40 creative professionals from the areas of architecture, interior design, ship design and brand design under one roof.
The multifaceted projects receive worldwide attention. The office currently realizes projects in Germany, USA, Dubai, Lithuania, Finland, and Italy.
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