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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates becomes the first to buy liquid-hydrogen superyacht for 4,600 crore

Bill Gates first unveiled his plans of buying a superyatch at the Monaco Yacht Show last year in December.
Bill Gates first unveiled his plans of buying a superyatch at the Monaco Yacht Show last year in December. (ANI)

Bill Gates is a regular superyacht holidaymaker but has not previously owned his own vessel and has preferred to rent during his summer trips.

Microsoft co-founder and the world's second richest man Bill Gates has commissioned himself a futuristic superyacht called 'Aqua' that's powered entirely by liquid hydrogen -- meaning its only emission is water -- for 4,600 crore.

Gates is a regular superyacht holidaymaker but has not previously owned his own vessel and has preferred to rent during his summer trips.

The plans of buying the superyacht were unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show last year in December.

Aqua liquid-hydrogen superyatch
Aqua liquid-hydrogen superyatch (Sinot.com)

Notably, this is the first of its kind being powered by liquid hydrogen.

The luxury liner is 370ft-long and comprises five decks complete with space for 14 guests, 31 crew members, a gym, yoga studio, beauty room, massage parlour and cascading pool on its rear deck, The Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

Hydrogen fuel works by creating electricity to power a battery and motor by mixing hydrogen and oxygen in specially treated plates, which are combined to form the fuel cell stack.

Aqua superyatch
Aqua superyatch (Sinot)

The fuel cell stacks and batteries have allowed engineers to significantly shrink these components to even fit neatly inside a family car, although they are also commonly used to fuel buses, other larger vehicles and now superyachts, according to Unilad.

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