Sanlorenzo, a pioneering shipyard on the path of responsible development in the yachting industrythrough hydrogen propulsion yachts, returns to the Milan Fuorisalone with a project that tells, in a sophisticated and subtle way, the future of pleasure boat propulsion: the Impossible Machine.
At Milan Design Week 2023, in fact, as part of the INTERNI DESIGN RE-EVOLUTION exhibition-event at the University of Milan, Sanlorenzo is presenting a striking installation created by Piero Lissoni, which interprets the relentless research carried out by the shipyard toward technologically innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of yachting.
The Future is Now: The Hydrogen Propulsion Yacht
The Impossible Machine is an imposing metal sculpture: a complex machine, highly technological but defined in detail by expert handwork just like a yacht.
Positioned in the center of the 18th-century Courtyard, the entire structure rests on a backlit platform that enhances a mechanism made of propellers and notched wheels. These are driven by the new hydrogen system that Sanlorenzo is developing for the propulsion of its vessels in collaboration with Siemens Energy, based on the use of combined green methanol reformer/fuel cell modules.
This technology will power hotelier functions on yachts between 24 and 73 meters in length, starting in 2024 on the new 50Steel. This absolutely cutting-edge project will represent the first concrete step in carbon-neutral power generation originating from next-generation fuels for the entire industry, leading Sanlorenzo to play the role of a true trailblazer on the road to sustainable boating.
Sanlorenzo at Milan Design WeekThe installation is bathed in light steam, the only residue produced by the turbine driven by the fuel cell system.
In the context of the choral exhibition Design Re-Evolution, whose theme probes Evolutionary Thinking as a tool for designing territories known and unknown, physical and digital, contemporary and futuristic, Sanlorenzo engages with a project that looks to the future and expresses a new, positive interaction between human beings and the environment.