Driving is responsible for much of our fuel consumption – and therefore for CO2 emissions. But there are other criminals. In Sweden, a country covered by lakes and rivers and thus has a large shipping sector, the orientation of vessels is also monitored.
With an average of 756,000 boats, the Swedish recreational boat industry is one of the largest in the world, CNN reports. But that comes at a cost to the environment: more than 25 percent of CO2 emissions in Swedish shipments by 2020 came from luxury boats. In addition, waves caused by speeding boats can wreak havoc on the ocean floor. Engine noise can disturb animals.
That is why the national start has decided to focus on new technologies and play the role of Tesla type of fresh water. The company, called Candela, has developed electric hydrofoils.
- Hydrofoil is a type of boat that has one or more structures that resemble a lower wing.
- At sufficient speed the vessel rises above the stream; so there is little resistance from water.
- In addition, the craft makes little noise because it is electric.
The company claims to have sold more than 100 designs of its 8-meter C-8 boat, within six months of its launch in August 2021. Passenger ferries – first shown on June 22 – are expected to open next week. going to the water for years, CNN reports.
“What Tesla has done is add a lot of style to electric cars. We want to make a very interesting product, because that will speed up the transition to energy even more,” says Gustav Hasselskog, founder of Candela, who has been openly inspired by the Elon electric car group. Musk.
There is no miracle cure
He is not alone: Other Swedish companies are also entering the construction of an environmentally friendly electric ship. But while the plan is commendable, it will not be enough to eliminate all carbon emissions from international shipments. Worldwide, transportation produces about 1 billion tons of CO2 annually, according to the European Commission.
Electricity is not an option for large ships because of the weight and variety of batteries. The industry relies heavily on green hydrogen or ammonia as the transport fuel of the future.