A Completely Emission Free Water Tram System - The World’s Future Seems Bright

Kraków City Water Tram 10 photos
Photo: Roman Ignatowski
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Imagine for a moment that you’re somewhere in the world where people travel by boat. Either to cross rivers, just to see the sights. What do you use to get around? Well, a gentleman by the name Roman Ignatowski shows us one possible way.
What we are looking at is a tram system for waterways that run through the city of Krakow Poland, but honestly, this shuttle service is one that can be applied to a number of cities with waterworks that allow water-based commutes.

For starters, there are cities that already apply the use of similar and less technologically advanced water trams such as these. Let's call them ferries for the sake of argument.

Now, these ferries are similar to other existing ones in basic design and application. But it differs using a number of technologies, some that don’t aren’t even included on the vessel itself, but it’s docking stations. Before we get to that we can cover how the carrier is designed.

Overall, the ferry comes in with a total of (11.2m) in length and (3.2m) in width. It may seem small, but inside there’s room for a decent amount of passengers and amenities. It can carry up to 38 guests housed in single seats, a designated wheelchair area, a bike rack, and three folding tables. A driver's cockpit is also found at the front and is separated from the rest of the vessel by a glass wall.

Kraków City Water Tram
Photo: Roman Ignatowski
So that’s the interior. But outside, this little water bullet has a few tricks up its nonexistent sleeves. First off, it’s completely electric, solar powered even. On top of the structure are revealed a number of panels used in generating electric current and power. But where does it go and what is it used for?

What it’s used for is simple, to power the craft. Where all that power is stored however, is underneath the passenger’s very feet, in the floor. What’s cool about the tram however is its ability to also charge while on its daily route. To do this, however, it needs help.

That help comes from the loading and unloading stations or port distributed throughout the city. Each dock employs a number of solar panels that are able to transmit energy via a wireless charging system. Yeah. Every time the ferry comes in to unload or load passengers, it’s charged with energy from the solar power the port has been capturing.

Kraków City Water Tram
Photo: Roman Ignatowski
However, these ports need to run even if there are prolonged periods of overcast. So what’s the back-up? Turbines. But not wind turbines, although those would be fitting as well, but water turbines. Remember this is a water-based system so it makes sense to use water to your advantage.

So let’s say you’re interested in taking a trip on one of these, if you do, you’ll have to be one of the investors as this is still only a concept. But a concept as it may be, it really makes sense that some of the systems we currently use, received an upgrade.

If I was to be in a city that implemented something like this, I would really consider moving there. Or maybe extend my summer vacation. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to see something like this in our lifetime.
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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