The Young Designer of the Year award goes green

Italian superyacht designers, Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi, have developed a solar-powered sailing yacht concept design, named Helios, for the Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest.

Created with a low carbon footprint in mind, the 54.6m (180ft) modern yacht harvests solar power through its flexible solar cell-clad sails, which are made of silicon. The surface area covers about 2,500 panels that can generate approximately 355 kWh of power.

The luxury vessel offers many amenities, from an infinity pool with sunbathing areas and a cinema, to tender garages that house jet skis, canoes, and even a 23-foot-long limo tender. The concept can accommodate 10 guests and up to eight crewmembers.

The Young Designer of the Year by The Showboats Design Awards aims to celebrate the best of superyacht design from the boards of student and trainee designers. The competition has been designed to relate to a realistic client request in order to provide valuable practice and experience for the young designer.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of €5,000, and the five finalist entries, selected by the judges, will be invited on an all-expenses paid visit to the Oceanco shipyard in The Netherlands.

For more information, visit The Showboats Design Awards

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