Technology group Wärtsilä has launched a new product that it says it hopes will never see the light of day – a lifeboat for buildings.
The lifeboats have been designed to be used in urban areas in case of severe flooding and rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Launched this week at Slush Helsinki 2018, the concept has been created by Wärtsilä Ship Design and features a number of smart technologies such as autodocking, dynamic positioning and wireless charging.
The autonomous lifeboat is powered by 100% renewables, including synthetic renewable fuels and solar energy.
“This hypothetical lifeboat is a way for us to amplify the critical need to move climate change discourse to action,” says Wärtsilä’s chief digital officer, Marco Ryan.
“The concept is not as unimaginable as we might first think – the boats would have been useful in the recent floods in Italy and Indonesia.
“We must act now, together – or the unthinkable will happen and this lifeboat will have to be built for real.”
“We are eager to collaborate with tech-heads around the globe and across industries to find smart solutions for energy and marine.
“We simply cannot afford to wait for the marine and energy industries to improve at the current pace.
“Climate change and scarcity of natural resources call for innovative and creative solutions that Wärtsilä is already developing, but we cannot deliver this without equally forward-looking partners.”
“Technologies play an important role in the mitigation of the impacts of climate change. Sustainability has been at the forefront in everything we do for decades.
“Our sustainability targets call us to reduce our own energy consumption by 7% by 2025 and reduce greenhouse gas emission from gas engines by 15% by 2020.
“These goals among others need to be achieved in order to avoid a future where lifeboats for buildings are actually needed.”