The Ocean Empire Life Support Vessel is a 44m Solar Hybrid LSV with 2 Hydroponic farms and fishing facilities to harvest the sea. Her Solar Powered Propulsion Systems as well as all of the hotel amenities of a luxury global voyager are supplied by harnessing 3 major sources of Sustainable Energy.

The first and foremost source is Energy from the Sun which Powers a 400 sq. meter 70kw Solar Array and illuminates 2 Hydroponic farms

The second source is Energy from the Wind which Powers an Auxiliary 80 sq. meter 200kw automated SkySail that drives the Ocean Empire to 18+knots and charges her GM ESS2 Battery Systems

The third source is Energy from Waves captured by Motion Damping Regeneration (MDR). A new form of ATMD developed in collaboration with Maurer Sohnes Gmbh

The MDR system is basically an ATMD (adjustable tuned mass damper) utilized in skyscrapers, such as Taipei 101 to reduce their swaying motion. In this application 16tons of batteries are the mass while linear generators produce up to 50kws of electricity as they dampen the motion of the Ocean Empire Superyacht.

Richard Sauter head of design had this to say. “The Ocean Empire LSV leads the way in freeing the Superyacht community from its strict dependence on unsustainable resources by being the first to harness the renewable collective resources ever present in the Earths Biosphere.

The Ocean Empire LSV is a Superyacht Catamaran. As such she optimizes what is recognized as the most dynamic form of ocean going platform. Her Daimler Turbo Compound BlueTec engine is the most advanced EPA Diesel ever built. Her Sunpower solar cells are the most efficient to date.

Employing existing OEM products and costing little more than her conventional Superyacht counterparts, her Solar Hybrid design provides a full range of operation that extends from Carbon Neutral to Carbon Zero cruising

Plugged into shore power a Chartered Ocean Empire LSV is capable of feeding 360Mwhs of electricity to the grid. Enough energy to make up to 12,000 nautical miles of Carbon Neutral Chartered voyages every year.

 The currently available technology in the Ocean Empire LSV:

  • Daimler Turbo Compound DD16 Electric Power Generation
  • SkySail automated 80sq.meter 200kw traction kite
  • SunPower Solar Cells. 400sq. meter rated at 70kw
  • GM Allison Electronic Controls. Kinetic Energy Regeneration (KER)
  • Maurer Sohnes ATMD. Motion Damping Regeneration. (MDR) 50kw
  • Voith Advanced Propulsion surface drives
  • Carbon Composite Hi-Efficiency Wave Piercing displacement hulls
  • Advanced aerodynamic radar canopy with PV wing spoilers
  • Energy efficient equipment. AC & refrigeration with Waste Heat Recovery
  • Plug-in computerized Energy management, maintenance & Guidance systems
  • GM Allison ESS2 Battery Storage UPS rated at 2,000kwh

 Specifications:

  Length 44m
  Beam 15.5m
  Draft 0.8m
  Guests 10
  Crew 8
  Weight <85tons
  2 Hydroponic  farms 30sq.m
  Sail area  80sq.m
  SunPower solar cells 70kw
  Maure Sohnes MDR 50kw
  Daimler DD16 Diesel Electric power generation 350kw
  Siemens AC induction motors 300kw
  Voith propulsion surface drives 1.5m
  Fuel: Diesel/ GM ESS2  batteries 20t/2,000kwh
  Cruising speed 12kts
  Hybrid power sailing cruising range at 18knts 3,500+nm
  Zero Carbon power sailing range at 14 knots average Unlimited
  Carbon Neutral power sailing range at 12knots average 12,000+nm
  Zero carbon motoring range at 10knts average Unlimited