Linthal 2015 is one of the most fascinating power projects going on in the world right now. When finished, this 2.35-billion-dollar pumped storage system will be able to generate as much power as a nuclear power plant—1,480 MW. The only problem is that there are no roads connecting the construction sites, so they have to lift all heavy machinery using a ropeway.

Just imagine it. The project’s highest point is 8,116 feet (2,474 meters) above sea level. The lowest point is just 2,660 feet (811 meters). It must be incredible to see the trucks, tunneling machines, and excavators going up and down that Swiss mountainscape in one of the two ropeways that connect the sites. More >