A World’s First: Solar Submarine

When one thinks of a submarine, solar energy is the furthest thing from their mind. After all, submarines dive down deep below the ocean’s surface where the sun does not shine. The Swiss energy company, BKW is a little more optimistic than myself. It’s unveiled the GOLDFISH project, which will feature the world’s first solar powered submarine.

How will they do it? How could they possibly get the sun to energize solar panels underneath the sea? The answer is quite simple: bring the solar panels to the surface. Duh! A floating solar array that takes on the appearance of a water lily will be capable of producing 30 kilowatts of electricity. Currently, BKW is still looking for investors for this project so that it may begin building it. The project is estimated to cost about $8.85 million. If you’ve got more money than you know what to do with, here’s an investment that could help save the planet and make you look good while doing it.

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  1. My my. Why not? Any peacefull purpose requiring power can use solar…wonderful application.

    Spent the 80’s and 90’s with the solar then-avant garde. Took the first solar car from LA to DC and parked it in front of Bush’s daddies’ White House and dared him to come out and talk to us. Didn’t happen, and six months later we were fighting in Iraq…oil. You’ve heard of it…

    Have seen a lot of gleam in the solar biz lately. Maybe all those arrows us pioneers took will pay off!

    Leslie Piper

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