The Navy has unveiled the world’s first zero-emission submarine that will have three independent wings powered by solar and wind power.
Hurtigruten’s “Sea Zero” project was first announced last year and the cruise line has now unveiled the ship for the first time. It will be the world’s most energy-efficient cruise ship when completed. It will accommodate 500 guests in 270 cabins and be 443 meters tall.
The ship will have flexible sails with solar panels, artificial intelligence controls, rotating propellers, and multiple reciprocating thrusters.
The three retractable, independent wings will house 1500m² (16,146 ft²) of solar panels and a total wind area of 750m² (8,073ft²), reaching a height of 50m (164 ft) when extended.
The improved design will improve airflow, reduce energy consumption, and increase passenger comfort. In addition to the extensive outdoor space, a large area with dedicated windows will allow people to enjoy unparalleled views of what is often called ‘the most beautiful beach in the world.’
The battery levels will be displayed on the side of the ship, while the bridge, where the Captain and his crew operate the ship, is expected to significantly reduce its size following the successful operation of the AI, imitating the flight cockpit.
“When we announced the ‘Sea Zero’ project a year ago, we were faced with the challenge of not knowing what technology would be available to us in 2030. Our mission was to open up new opportunities and improve the existing ones to make them possible. It fits our sustainability goals. Even While some technologies have reached their peak, they still need dedicated research and development to ensure they work well in the ocean.
“On the other hand, some technologies are still in their infancy and require significant research and full testing. Following a thorough feasibility study, we have identified the most promising technologies for future submarines. We are committed to providing a ship that surpasses all others in terms of energy consumption and stability in a few years,” he said. Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway.
The project has now entered a two-year phase where these new technologies will be tested and developed.