Andrea Micheli – Chief Commercial Officer | Southern Wind
Is it true that any sailing yacht is greener than the greenest and most efficient motor yacht? I strongly believe so.
After being aboard the new 96-footer Nyumba, the first Southern Wind sailing yacht with a diesel electric Hybrid propulsion system, my beliefs are even stronger.
Having a very efficient power management on board offers the opportunity to the Owners and their guests of a completely silent cruising experience, no matter if they are weekend cruisers or round the world sailors. Thanks to the battery capacity and the high recharging speed offered by the generators, Owners can spend most of their time on board without hearing any machinery noise. The benefits are even higher when the wind is blowing.
HybriGen® technology, thanks to the ability of the system to regenerate power via the controllable pitch propeller, produces enough zero emission energy while sailing at 10kts to sustain the yacht electric balance. When sailing at higher speed the Hybrigen system generates up to 30kWh (@15kts), recharging the batteries and allowing silent anchorages with no generators running.
The system also offers the unique opportunity to extend the yacht range and autonomy, saving fuel otherwise burnt during offshore sailing passages. This would be a game changer for those Owners with ambitious exploration programs because they could reach remote destinations while sailing with zero emission and start their cruising with full fuel tanks.