Trailblazer Maglev Would Be Powered by Solar Hydrogen
Imagine traveling from NY to Los Angeles by car in 10.5 hours, while your Rail system is producing enough hydrogen to power 70% or more of the Nation’s entire energy demand at no extra charge? Sounds impossible? Don’t bet on it. If a young group of dedicated pioneers have their way, within a year ground could be broke to build a new kind of accelerated highway based on rail transportation of autos, freight and people.
The new highway, called the “Trailblazer” is one that can carry cars between major metropolitan areas reportedly with absolutely no fuel cost. The startup company, Interstate Traveler Company, (http://www.interstatetraveler.us) has been “adopted” by the American Computer Science Association as “the wave of the future, now!” According to the ACSA, who has studied the solutions offered by the Interstate Traveler Project – a truly innovative business model has broken down the barriers to a ready supply of cheap, hydrogen energy for the future clean energy economy of America.
Major breakthroughs in engineering have made it now possible to build a high speed transportation system that has virtually no fuel costs, can move automobiles, people and freight interstate at speeds up to 250 miles per hour or more, and yet it produces 300% excess hydrogen for every 100% of its own power needs. The unique technology of the Interstate Traveler uses twin-rail light duty Mag-Lev propulsion, and includes a large array of “Hydrogen from Solar” Conduits (HSCs) that produce hydrogen the entire length of the rail system during sunlight hours.
Due to the extraordinary length of this rail system, the HydroSol Conduit could produce an excess of hydrogen continuously during daylight hours spanning the continent, says the Interstate Traveler Company. This breakthrough reportedly leverages a phenomenon nationwide that is called “the eight hour guaranteed sunny day”.
The Interstate Traveler’s transit system is said to use new Automobile Carriers and small passenger/freight carrying MAGLEV cars which would travel between cities at breathtaking speed. Interest in the new system has ranged far and wide, including some pretty powerful state government bodies such as the State of Oklahoma and the State of Michigan, reportedly. And it has interested many in the big three Automobile manufacturers, who see it as a way to reduce the operating cost of automobiles drastically, allowing them to comply with emissions standards at the same time as reducing the cost to manufacture vehicles, and increasing demand, since fuel would be so inexpensive and clean.
Recent advances have made it possible to pump Hydrogen into an automotive tank, while cooling it, preventing safety issues and insuring that such as the Interstate Traveler can provide Hydrogen directly to commuters’ and shoppers’ autos.
The heads of the ACSA (http://www.acsa.net) have labored long hours over their slide rules to verify, on paper, the concept of the Interstate Traveler ( http://www.interstatetraveler.us ).
“We have discussed moving into the final validation stages with the Interstate Traveler Company and have concluded that not only is this a feasible energy and transportation development project, but it is something that would appeal generically to the Auto, Bus, and Air travel Industry- a new venture that could also pay for the cost of fueling their main products: cars, jets and buses/trucks. While initially it may seem costly, from our standpoint, it rapidly pays for itself. So quickly, in fact, that the pain of development is minimized and negligible."
"We hope to assemble a team to monitor the permit issuance and building of several demonstration legs of the Traveler, so that a live run test of the new slotted electrical engines, its intermediate duty MagLev system, and the hydrogen solar generating conduit (and other facilities) can quickly demonstrate the economic soundness of the Interstate Traveler concept. And, obviously, we’re pretty excited about the idea of autos, people and light freight being able to ride this new system at 250 mile per hour between major metro areas,” stated ACSA scientific chairperson, Jack A. Shulman, adding:
“Frankly, I’m a flight enthusiast and aviation flight control system designer. You couldn’t keep me out of a Jet if you tried. Nonetheless, I doubt Justin Sutton is going to be able to keep me out of the Traveler, either. It compresses that weekend trip 200 miles to Atlantic City for me down to a 20 minute jaunt, and I’d be able to rail to DC or Boston at five times the normal speed, while catching up on a little homework. The whole project is, to me, in a word: Fascinating! They’re really on to something, here!”
An Amazing Solution
Himself a computer scientist and physicist, Dr. Shulman became interested in the automation control of Justin Sutton’s Interstate Traveler "at first sight".
"It represents a unique scheduling, piloting, energy management and maintenance opportunity for any automation system", he indicated, in a recent interview, adding:
“I was always attracted to Hydrogen from Solar (HydroSol) Energy, because: once commercially rendered feasible, it is the cleanest, soundest way to obtain energy. One is literally 'mining Sunlight for electrons' and then, converting ordinary water into Hydrogen and Oxygen with it. Everyone has seen that experiment performed in High School Physics class, yet this is the first time we’ve had a broad spectrum functional model that will allow engineering to leverage the phenomenon into an application that will dramatically benefit all of humanity."
"ACSA is still organizing a substantive validation exercise; however we mainly feel obligated to safeguard the means for Interstate Traveler Company to build its high speed hydrogen-solar rail transportation system and energy product facility without any actual damage to the environment. That, right now, seems very feasible: it should cause no damage at all, and we can control the environmental impact of building it, with the help of appropriate environmental engineering and with the assistance of such as the EPA and DoT. Fortunately, its’ design appears to be literally perfect."
"As it was explained to me: The Interstate Traveler Company intends to build their rail system on and adjacent to the already cleared property of the United State’s massive Interstate Highway system. This insures that egress development can retain the prior investment made by the Federal Government in having built todays Interstate Highways. Also, quite fortunately, the business model being used by Interstate Traveler Company enhances the way we travel by our traditional automobiles, SUVs, Busses and Trucks: allowing the Interstate Traveler to carry the vast load of autos and passengers between state metropolitan areas, letting hydrogen powered Automobiles, Vans and SUVs do the rest locally when they off-load. the balance of its excess fuel is then sold to the power companies, industry, and hydrogen distribution Station systems formerly used to sell Gas and Diesel."
"About the only thing it doesn't need from today's automotive transportation infrastructure are barrels of oil, allowing them to be redireted to make profitable lubricants, solvents, chemical derivatives, plastics, and other, more profitable such uses for petroleum, prolonging oil's unique value and pushing off the date that they would eventually run dry at the oil wells, which has recently been projected to be 2045 by some. While I personally do not believe oil wells will run out by then, there are many profitable uses for it when it is no longer needed as the staple for automotive propulsion, and can be replaced with the excess hydrogen produced by Interstate Traveler Systems all over the world. The presumption that the only use for crude oil is to make gasoline is a misconception. By not having to burn it, oil ceases being a combustion air polutant, which should make its use in plastics and so on mor palatable to the environmentally concerned."
"This seems like the best of both worlds to me, assuming the Interstate Traveler Project can be completed successfully. Not only does it combine solar and hydrogen energy forces into a clean and complimentary "symbiosis"-like solution, it also combines the use of light and medium duty high speed mass transit vehicles with the flexibility of ordinary automotive travel. In my view, if it works, it will yield a seemingly perfect mixture of environmental safety, raw performance, cheap sustainable energy, and will relieve America of it's dependence upon foreign oil for it's future energy sources. We have the utmost hopes that the entire Interstate Traveler Project, all 54,000 miles of its track, can all be made to work. Sometimes there are other issues than technology and adaptability that get in the way of projects of this size, scope and importance.”
The results of building the entire system, states the Interstate Traveler Company: enough plentiful excess hydrogen fuel to power local traveling automobiles, trucks and buses, by building this new transit system adjacent to the existing United States Interstate Highway System (known as the Eisenhower Memorial Interstate Highway) at the low cost of about $10 million per mile, reportedly. Its conceiver, Justin Eric Sutton, has been described by the ACSA as: “an extraordinary scientist and an outstanding and brilliant entrepreneur, who has hit upon an amazing multi-disciplinary solution to problems that face us in America today, namely: energy and how to obtain it cleanly and inexpensively”.
With a build time to market of little more than 5 years, according to the company, the entire Interstate Traveler Project should pay for each major segment (breaks even) from its own revenue, within 3 years of each segments’ completion. Building it is comparatively easy, aside from the crossing of mountain passes, which has already been done by the Interstate Highway System: that provides a perfect egress for the Traveler, according to Sutton. The Project reportedly intends to use an amazingly innovative, heavily automated rate of construction: about 15 miles of track built per day.
The company also has reportedly consulted with the big three automobile manufacturers and various aerospace companies. It appears that these major forces in each industry have expressed interest in supplying the Traveler’s “light to medium duty MAGLEV rail cars” and it's other components. According to the Interstate Traveler website, one of the most appealing aspects of the design is that it does not rely on older rail concepts that were driven by large scale, heavy rail engines and cars. The older style rail system design carries with it an enormous weight penalty not present in the Traveler, whose rail cars are much, much lighter and designed to travel at much higher speeds. As anyone in auto racing can tell you: creating a better weight to power ratio yeilds more speed with less fuel, and can express itself through various mathematical formula as “the right thing to do at the right time.”
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