BY Anna Cummins on 11 Apr 2023

The 90 H2 is designed for adventures and as a true ocean-going cruising yacht

Alva OCEAN ECO 90 H2

Alva Yachts, a German builder of luxury electric solar catamarans and sail boats, has announced it is currently building the world’s first fuelless 90ft superyacht catamaran with wings: the Alva Ocean Eco 90 H2.

Said to be the first superyacht catamaran to run without fossil fuels and producing zero emissions, the Alva Ocean Eco 90 H2 relies on purely sustainable sources of energy.

The full-electric Ocean Eco 90 H2 is powered by two performance electric motors, connected to a 500+ kWh battery pack, which is powered by the sun from 200 sq m of solar panelling plus a range extender consisting of a fuel cell supplied by EODev and integrated by SECO Marine. It will be fitted with Ayro’s Oceanwings wind propulsion system with wind sensors on the wing sails. This data is then analysed by a computer and its motors adjust the wingsail angle of attack and camber.

Its owner has plans to use the Ocean Eco 90 H2 for commercial use including private and corporate events, and chartering. He states that his aim is to highlight to the public that we can sail safely, sustainably, with an environmentally fully clean system and with a high level of comfort.

Holger Henn, CEO of Alva Yachts, says: “We are very happy to have found such a confident and innovative client that pushes us to explore new technologies. This project would not be possible without our classification partner DNV which has established new ground rules especially for us because this has never been done before. In addition to DNV, our engineering partner iYacht has surpassed our expectations when faced with such advanced engineering challenges.

“What is special about this project is certainly the leap that we are making in technology. A superyacht that can operate without fossil fuel is something we could only dream of. But with the help of strong partners and a lot of effort from the Alva team, we want to show what is possible in boat building today.”

Alva OCEAN ECO 90 H2

Alva says the Ocean Eco 90 H2 has been designed with ‘responsible yachting at its core and fuses form and function together.’ The new vessel is an open concept, with an open flybridge and helm station as well as a sky lounge, cocktail bar and jacuzzi on the top deck. It offers a large beach club, water sports and entertaining areas coupled with the spacious above deck living and relaxing zones.

Just like the other models in the Alva range, the 90 H2 is designed for adventures and as a true ocean-going cruising yacht.

Access to the water is easy from twin bathing platforms. From bow to stern, this 14m beamed catamaran offers plenty of space, modern style and stable sailing. The aft deck has plush U-shaped seating for eight guests. Guests can access the enclosed saloon and entertaining area. The generous galley comes complete with full size fridge-freezer and features a large separate island with bar and stools. To starboard, a large dining table for twelve provides an ideal spot for family and friends to enjoy a meal.

A large L-shaped observation seating area accompanies the helm station with wide views forward. Mid-ship two side companionways lead to the lower deck and accommodation.

The generous master suite boasts spacious lounge seating areas either side of the bed, a private study and walk-in wardrobe leading to a large en-suite bathroom with dual sinks. The starboard side is complete with a twin guest room with en-suite. Further guest accommodation is located within the portside hull and features two ensuite double rooms and two single rooms, suitable for staff.

The foredeck provides another social space with two separate seating arrangements plus oversized sunbeds, complete with storage and refrigeration options.

Unalome Design is in charge of the interior design concept and material selection.

Alva Yachts Med, based in the Balearics, is the supporting dealer for Alva Yachts.