Cool hi tech public transportation advance in Sweden
Granted, it not "Let's dis the evil Israelis" thread #115 for the day, but maybe a few people will find it a welcome break.
If this turns out to be a success, and the technology can be expanded upon, it could revolutionize short distance over-water transportation not only around Stockholm's skärgård, but maybe all the way from Stockholm to Turku in Finland, and similarly from Germany to Sjælland, the island where the capital of Denmark is located, and from there on to Malmö in Sweden. Helsingør to Hälsingborg could also be a popular route. It could be used from New York City out to points on Long Island, and from Boston all the way out to Cape Cod and the Islands, maybe even between the Hawaiian Islands, or betwen Barcelona and the Balearics, and in Canada from Vancouver to Victoria--with a lot of etc. Hong Kong to Kowloon without all the Star ferry pollution, travel between the Caribbean islands. Imagine all that without burning a drop of diesel.
Maybe it will get no farther than what is is designed for now, but if it turns out to be economically viable for short hops, and there are no headline-spectacular fatal accidents to sink the project, this could be the start of a whole new era in clean over-water public transportation altogether. Our waterways are in just as much peril as our air, so I was really optimistic when I saw this report. It's just a drop in the bucket for now, but I hope it's the "one small step for man."
... which makes these high speed ferries even less polluting than they would be in places where fossil fuels are the primary source of electric power.
As I write this the power grid in Germany is spewing twenty times more carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour than Sweden's grid.
The coal mining unions here are exptremely powerful, and they don't want to see their polluting jobs disappear any more than the mines of Kentucky and West Virginia do. Here, they have seen the writing on the wall, but they are still fighing tooth and nail. Merkel as much as told them they were relics, and had to retrain for other work, but the unions can't see all being given training and new jobs instantly, and they're probably right. But the coal here is very dirty, and its use for electrical power must ncome to an end.
Here's another one - an autonomous electric cargo ship. https://techxplore.com/news/2021-11-electric-autonomous-cargo-ship-norway.html
They've really come up with a terrific idea for water public transportation.
I'd love to ride on one of those!
Thanks so much, my dear DFW!