Update : Following Sinot’s press release, the information that Bill Gates now owns Aqua has been denied. In 2017, Bill Gates was investing $80 million to create a smart city. Today, as relayed by Engadget, he is the first person to invest in a hydrogen superyacht. Aqua, the hydrogen yacht in question should be sailing by 2024. Enough to continue the luxurious trips at sea, but with less pollution.
A 703 million dollar hydrogen yacht .
The former boss of Microsoft has visibly acquired one of the most important external signs of his wealth: a “superyacht” that runs on hydrogen. The Aqua of the company Sinot, is a 370 feet (112 meters) boat, which is worth about 644 million dollars. It has 5 decks and space for 14 guests and 31 crew members. In terms of equipment, Bill Gates will not miss any sports session since the boat is equipped with a dedicated room.
Aqua is powered by two 1 MW engines that are fueled by hydrogen tanks. However, it is not entirely ecological. In fact, the ship will eventually have a diesel engine as a back-up to access the port, an essential piece of equipment as hydrogen filling stations are not so frequent at the quay.
Bill Gates would symbolically support zero emission technology?
Bill Gates is currently considered the second richest man in the world, with an estimated fortune of 118 billion dollars. With this investment, he underlines once again his interest in alternative fuels as well as his interest in new technologies that could help fight against emissions made by industry and transportation. Some time ago, the businessman had already made the choice to invest in Heliogen, a Californian start-up that aims to transform sunlight into a heat source of over 1000°C. A good alternative to fossil fuels.
If his new expenditure is already criticized, people arguing that this sum could have been used for other things, it seems important to specify that Bill Gates is in fact multiplying the investments, but also the donations. The latest one: a donation of 100 million dollars for the fight against the coronavirus.