A former NASA consultant is planning to use a solar-powered floating sauna to take a nine-hour, 80-kilometre journey between Finland and Estonia. Why? We don’t really know.
Janne Käpylehto is a Finnish inventor, fiction writer and entrepreneur who’s an expert in energy efficiency. He has worked as a consultant for a number of high calibre companies of both the private and public sector, including NASA.
With the help of friends, he has built a solar-powered sauna boat to take the nine-hour route across the Baltic sea from Helsinki to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
To undertake this quixotic crusade, Käpylehto has equipped his unusual craft with a spare engine, communications equipment and of course, a lifeboat.
The inventor, who unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Helsinki City Hall in 2017 for the Greens, is already known in his country for similar stunts.
In January 2017, he used a chainsaw to carve an enormous disc out of the frozen lake Lohja in the south of Finland. He then attached a solar-powered outboard motor to the huge slice of ice to make a bizarre carousel.
A month later, he replicated the experiment at a much larger scale, creating a spinning ice carousel with a mammoth diameter of 57 metres. The impressive 1000-tonne disc delighted the people of the small municipality of Kirkkonummi, probably setting the record for the biggest contraption of its kind.
I still can’t find the practicality in all of this, but I do have to say, his crazy endeavours sure look like a hell lot of fun, I’ll give him that.