The 40m Domus electric trimaran concept combines solar and hydro power
The Van Geest Domus electric trimaran concept is a one-of-a-kind design that combines solar power, hydro regeneration, and hydrogen fuel cells to provide an endless range with zero emissions. Named after the single-story homes found in ancient Rome and Pompeii, Domus has double the space of a catamaran and all the amenities you would find on a superyacht.
Designed in collaboration with Rob Doyle Design, the Van Geest Domus electric trimaran concept boasts a 35m beam and 780 square meters of interior space. The vessel is focused on a beautiful atrium that links the various areas, much like its namesake. The interior is separated between two decks and features six enormous guest rooms, including two owner’s suites with connecting lounges. You can also find a cinema room, a main saloon with a bar, and a spa area that includes both a gym and swimming pool.
From an architectural point of view, here’s what the designers of the Domus had to say: “Family life in a way is about protection. So why not build around that, create the protected spaces and maximize the functions of the space available in this one-level setup.” The design fully takes advantage of being able to enjoy the scenery outside while still staying connected with the shared interior space.
During the day, the quiet trimaran will generate, store, and run on solar energy before switching to the battery system during the evening. The Domus electric trimaran concept has a sail that uses the wind to give additional power, and it will also be able to heel at a two-degree angle to lessen drag and enhance speeds with comfort and less roll. According to Van Geest, “a guest on board will experience a level of comfort underway, far superior to any sailing or motor monohull.”
The teams decided to build a trimaran rather than a catamaran to keep expenses down. To make things easier, Domus keeps all systems and engineering located in the central hull. The main hull bears all of the rigging forces, resulting in more simplified overall structure.
“Just because superyachts are what they are now, does not mean they should stay this way,” said the Dutch firm in a statement. “We truly believe that this project will redefine what a multi-hull sailing superyacht can be.
With up to 12 guests accommodated in the Domus electric trimaran concept, Van Geest’s new concept truly captures the interactions between its exteriors and interiors, creating an evolution in innovative yacht design and aiming to become the first zero-emissions yacht over 750 gross tonnes. Check out more photos of the Van Geest Domus below.