German shipbuilding company Lürssen recently completed the technical launch of the 114.2-meter superyacht Project Cosmos from its facility in Rendsburg in Germany.
Previously known as Project 13759, the explorer vessel was commissioned by a Japanese owner and is one of the largest yachts currently under construction. The construction began in 2020 and this is the first time we got to see the vessel. Beyond its massive size and unusual shape, Project Cosmos is a pioneering superyacht that could prove to be a game-changer. The highlight of this luxury superyacht is its cutting-edge powertrain that uses green fuel cell technology that could steer the yachting industry toward an emission-free future fueled by clean energy.
Lürssen has a reputation for constantly pushing the boundaries of maritime engineering and innovation. It has been committed to using fuel cells on ships since 2009 and has been working on the methanol-hydrogen fuel cell power plant since 2012 in partnership with the experts at the Freudenberg Group. Project Cosmos is the first superyacht in the world to use hydrogen fuel cell technology onboard for propulsion. “Fuel cells have very little maintenance and are more efficient than a diesel engine, which is already a very efficient way to produce power,” explained Peter Lürssen, CEO of the German shipbuilding company.