Vincent Callebaut, the Belgian architect, hopes his design of organic seaweed powered bio-hydrogen airships will be in service by 2030.
Firstly, don’t they look cool? The large craft are 1,300 feet in height and have housing areas, science labs and entertainment sections.
The Hydrogenase are designed to be waterproof, fireproof, able to carry more cargo and fly more swiftly than airships of their size. This means they’re a little more heavy but, of course, of a much more advanced design.
The top altitude will be in the region of 6,500 feet and the top speed about 110MPH. That’s much slower than an aircraft but they should be able to lift about 200 tons of cargo.
The Hydrogenase’s landing platform is a floating organic seaweed farm. It’s not just the seaweed that provides the re-charge energy though; underwater hydro-turbines are used to capture tidal energy and the hydrogenase themselves are decked out in solar panels.