The first generation “CODE-X Yacht” was featured in its early stages on just about every design blog years ago. It combined conventional technology with regenerative energy in the form of a solar-powered hybrid drive in the body of a super sleek and sexy boat. Since then, the yacht has actually come to reality and we wanted to share the latest images of the “Next Generation CODE-X Yacht” (Info, specs and earlier images of the yacht are shown after the newest photos).
Second Generation Code-X
The second generation CODE-X yacht replaces the conventional drive with a propulsion system, which allows the adding of “Silicon Fire” to conventional fuels in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
Silicon Fire is obtained from silicon during a chemical-physical process which generates hydrogen. The Silicon Fire technology combines this hydrogen with carbon dioxide, which is obtained as a waste product from conventional combustion processes. The result is a renewable liquid (Silicon Fire) which is comparable to regenerative methanol in terms of substance and mode of action.
Alternatively, CODE X yachts can also be ordered with a Silicon Fire drive running with only Silicon Fire.
“We don’t want to substitute the existing energy sources completely, but rather, want to
create future-oriented alternatives in consideration of the market trends for conventional
energies.“ The introduced CODE X yacht features two Ilmor marine combustion engines
with a total of 1420 HP, which are combined with two ZF TRIMAX propeller drive propulsion
systems. This technology accelerates the CODE X yacht up to a maximum speed of approx.
80 knots. Additionally, the CODE X yacht comes with an integrated solar system. Due to
the newly designed Silicon Fire drive, the integrated solar system on board is applied
selectively as a power supply source for on-board systems in order to, for example, not
need to consume Silicon Fire for the operation of any ancillary components while at anchor.
This measure, too, makes a contribution to the reduction of emissions, quasi like the start/
stop function of an automobile.” – CODE X AG
From the Code-X site:
CODE-X AG, the swiss company based in Meggen on Lake Lucerne, started with the goal of developing products with maximum exclusivity that use renewable energy sources to serve a common good in the mid to long term and serial production maturity subsequent to further development.
These high-end products with added value go far beyond the common perception of luxury goods. The brand represents well developed and technologically exceptional concepts and products which have an obligation to the environment. They also give their buyers a role as pioneer and frontrunner on the path to a cleaner, more environmentally friendly future.
The CODE-X-YACHT is the first product to celebrate its world premiere this year with a synthesis of solar technology and Formula 1 engines meeting the highest standards.
The Code-X Yacht
The uncompromisingly designed yacht, built by international leading experts, symbolises a dream come true.
CODE-X unites radical purism, the optimal benefit of renewable energy and the sheer power of a racing machine in one boat.
A flexible solar hybrid propulsion system enables both quiet, environmentally friendly cruising in ports and coastal areas as well as the pleasure of high speeds on open waters!
2 x Ilmor marine combustion engines MV10-710
Configuration : 90 degree V 10
Horsepower : 2 x 710 HP
Torque : 882 Nm @ 4800 rpm
Full throttle rpm range: 5400 – 6300
Capacity: 2 x 8.3 liters
Performance: 90 kn
2 x electric engines
Source of Energy:
Fossil fuel (2 tanks)
Length: 47ft 7in (14.50m)
Engine: Twin 710hp Ilmor engines and twin electric/solar drives
Top speed: 90 knots
Price: On application
Motor Boat & Yachting had this to say about it:
The Code-X presents the helmsman with a terrible ethical dilemma. You can either use the environmentally impeccable solar/hybrid drive, which gives a cruising speed of just a few knots, or you can turn the key on twin 710hp Ilmor engines, combined with ZF Trimax propeller drives, for a considerably sexier but not-quite-so-green 90 knots. Despite MBY’s heartfelt commitment to combating global warming, we know which we’d chose.
Either way, this ultra-modern machine is a far cry from the electric plodders occasionally seen on the UK’s rivers and canals. Controlled throughout by touch screen, the Swiss design boasts a Kevlar/carbon shell with phototropic-shaded screens and windows, one of which raises to let the cocooned passengers, or should that be astronauts, out into the fresh air.
Inside an LED illumination system “ensures optimal night viewing” and there is solar-powered air-con and a whirlpool bath. Don’t worry if you think all that black carbon is going to heat up in the Med sunshine: the deck is UV-resistant with a heat-repellent shell and you can opt for a lighter shade hull.
Code-X are also lining up a new racing series called Formula Clean. They will manufacture, at their own expense and parallel to the production of the limited Code-X leisure series, another fleet of seven boats carrying only renewable energy. Sounds like quite a fun way to save the planet.