An update on that solar powered submarine idea that we brought you a few months back. The Swiss think that they can actually pull this off. Projekt Goldfisch aims to create a submarine that will recharge at a floating solar platform, and then be able to dive to depths of up to 200 m in the Swiss lake of Thun just north of the Alps.
The project is being sponsored by a Swiss utility company, and they hope that it will prove that these floating solar power stations will be useful for charging more than just submarines. So, yeah, it's more than a tourist attraction...it's a pilot project!
The full feasibility study (PDF) isn't translated all that well, but it looks as if the project is going to be pretty expensive, and that it will have a large tourism component. Can you imagine lumbering to the bottom of a Swiss lake in a vehicle that contains millions of volts of electricity! Sounds like...well, sounds like a good step to solar power-producing floating platforms anyway.
written by Steve Hussey, December 31, 2008
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