Dani Santa talks about his new design, the 50m Aquila with Superyacht Business.
“The idea was born a year ago as I was looking forward to designing a yacht that is respectful with the environment being the answer to the increasing demand of sustainable development and use of renewable energies. I have decided to design a sailing yacht with the ability to operate in a zero emissions mode featuring green technology to run the electric systems,” he explains. “Another highlight of this design is that it is endowed with smart glass, providing users with control over their environment, better comfort and well-being while improving energy efficiency controlling precisely the amount of light, glare and heat passing through,”
Do you think there is a shipyard capable of building Aquila 50 today?
Of course! I strongly believe that any shipyard with the infrastructure necessary to build yachts over 50 meters, would be able to develop this concept.
The big question is if they would like to take up the challenge of building Aquila project, applying the forefront technologies that this concept offers, and would have the aptitude to solve the technical challenges that might arise.
What are the technical challenges for building this concept?
Regarding the exterior structure and the hull, any manufacturer could confront their construction without major difficulties.
The main challenge would be in the new manufacturing technology and the implementation onboard either in the smart glass installation or the solar panel sails with CIGS technology. I would strongly recommend analyzing the manufacturing costs and possible issues that may appear.
Finally, about the electrical system it would be a matter of looking for the best engine and batteries manufacturer that could fit in the project.
Do you think the eco-friendly trend in the superyacht market is here to stay?
I have no doubt about it. The high fuel consumption in the boating sector and even more in the superyacht market, will make the eco friendly trend increasingly notable.
Society is nowadays more aware about natural resources and the use of non-renewable energies. The sustainability and environmental consciousness will be bigger day by day.
Moreover, thanks to the increasing usage of renewable energy, emissions will be reduced and major efficiency will be achieved. That is why I think that eco-friendly yachts will be a raising trend.