The 50-knot Sea Hawk...

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The 50-knot Sea Hawk...


This Richard Sauter-designed 18m ‘carbon neutral’ flier is proposed for Dutch company Atlantic Motor Yachts.


“The Atlantic Sea Hawk combines a plug-in SunPower solar array with an Allison hybrid system to produce one of the cleanest marine propulsion systems in the world,” says designer Richard Sauter of Sauter Carbon Offset Design. “Her state-of-the-art solar-hybrid technology addresses the issue of global warming pollution by achieving a 50-100 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and GHG emissions.”
Allison Transmission, a unit of General Motors, in partnership with the US Department of Energy, developed this hybrid system under the DOE's Advanced Heavy Hybrid Propulsion System (AH2PS) Program.
The energy from the solar array, combined with plug-in power sources, charge an Allison Nickel Metal Hydride storage system that runs hotel services and powers the express cruiser to her maximum speed of 50 knots. This same UPS allows her to navigate harbours and inland waterways with zero emissions
Plugged in the Atlantic Sea Hawk is capable of feeding 11MW-hour’s of electricity to the grid. That’s enough energy to offset up to 1,000 nautical miles of ‘carbon neutral’ cruising every year.
Rolls-Royce Kamewa water-jets are safer and high-speed waterjet-propelled yachts will use less fuel than boats of the same size with propellers.

Basic Spec – Atlantic Sea Hawk...
LOA: 18m (59ft)
Max Beam: 4.4m (14ft 5in)
Draught: 0.75m (2ft 6in)
Weight (Approx): 22 tons
Hull: Carbon/Kevlar composite
Fuel: 2,500 litres (660 US gals)
Water: 800 litres (211 US gals)
Black Water: 2 x 200 litres (53 US gals)
Battery Capacity: 100kwh/Allison ESS2 Nickel Metal Hydride
Maximum Power: 3x300kW Allison Hybrid HP50 Drives with ‘on road’ EPA 8.9l Cummins diesel
Propulsion: 3 x Rolls-Royce Kamewa water-jets
Electric Power: Plug-in SunPower solar cells generate up to 30kWs per day.
Maximum Speed: 50 knots
50% reduction in CO2 and fuel consumption
Cruise Speed: 30 knots
- 75% reduction in CO2 and fuel consumption
Battery-powered ‘zero carbon’ range: 100nm
Annual ‘carbon neutral’ cruising range: 1,000nm
Accommodation: Five in three cabins

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