Gallery: Luxury MIG 675 Yacht Harvests Energy from the Water it Floats ...

 

Quimperié’s Luxury MIG 675 is a hydrogen-powered boat that grabs energy directly from the water beneath it as it zips across the waves. The high-tech 22-foot-long boat has seats for three and it tops out at 70 mph. It’s quite the zippy, zero-emissions ride, and it has a price tag to match – it retails for $329,727. We’re still not quite sure how the technology in this speed demon works, Quimperié isn’t letting out much information about the engine inside the boat but it sure looks fast. Check out video proof of the boat’s speed after the jump!

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  1. Anthony Stal June 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I need some proof before I can believe this. Somehow I dont believe that the first ever vehicle to use an on-board seawater-to-hydrogen conversion system, furthermore place inside a luxury body, would be advertised with SKRILLEX in the background. I think its rather to cover up the fact that there’s a noisy diesel engine inside there?

  2. zeppflyer December 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    http://www.boattest.com/engine-review/MerCruiser/108_350-MAG-MPI-(300-hp)

    Gimmick!

    It took a bit of parsing, but the power is provided by a supercharged gasoline engine. This is used to break hydrogen out of sea water and use it to generate electricity. I’m not even sure if the drive is an electric hybrid design or if the props are hooked directly to the engine. At the end of the day, this is just silly. While it might make some sense to have a small trolling motor for very low speed work, which could draw its power from fuel cells rather than batteries, there is no reason to make less efficient the power train of a boat which will spend most of its time cruising at peak efficiency.

    It is impossible to crack hydrogen from sea water, and then simply recombine it with oxygen to produce electricity without some sort of external power input. You can’t pull out any more than you put in.

  3. seamusdubh December 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    So what powers the Hydrogen generator for the production of Hydrogen that the boat uses?

  4. Egalitare December 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Can this set up be scaled up to propel Container Ships, Ocean Liners, Subs or Aircraft Carriers?

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