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When word of the solar sub reached Autopia, we were sure of only one thing: one will end up in Dubai. Sure enough, BKW envisions the Goldfisch as yet another attraction at the ship-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel, which already features solar boats and a submarine restaurant. BKW says (.pdf) the Goldfisch will bring guests "into contact with the attractive idea of emission free mobility." We think its message of sustainability will fit in with the helipad and man-made roadway connecting the hotel with the mainland.

If the underwater tourism market isn't recession-proof, we don't see too many other uses for this green submarine. The US military could benefit from the sub's ability to disappear from view of would-be attackers — except for that giant tower of power. Perhaps energy-challenged North Korea could use the Goldfisch to shuttle the ailing Kim Jong Il from his underwater lair to medical treatment, or a couple of NPR writers could use news of the improbable submersible to stump B-list celebrities and politicos on Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me.

Time to unleash your inner Ian Fleming: Let us know how you'd use the Goldfisch.

Images: BKW-FMB.

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Above: The floating solar array.

BKW says the Goldfisch could shuttle tourists around Dubai....

... ferry passengers in Shanghai...

... or show passengers what it's like under Sydney Harbor while simultaneously providing energy for the city's renowned opera hall.