(ORDO NEWS) — Australian mining company Fortescue Metals Group has come up with a design for the world’s first endless train that will run on the energy of gravity.
Transportation emissions will be zero. This is stated on the website of the British company Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), which was acquired by Fortescue.
The project was named Infinity Train. The new train, which will carry iron ore, will not run on diesel fuel. The batteries will be charged by gravity energy – usually the ore is lowered down the slopes, which is why the train does not need additional recharge.
The development will help reduce emissions in the heavy industry sector. According to the company, the train will help achieve the goal of achieving zero emissions by 2030, as well as reduce costs and increase the productivity of the enterprise.
“High-efficiency battery systems are at the heart of what we do, and now that we are part of the Fortescue family, this provides a great opportunity to develop new technologies as we work together to solve climate change,” said WAE Executive Director Craig Wilson.
Earlier, Japan’s largest railway company, East Japan Railway Co, announced tests of the country’s first hydrogen-powered train. It was decided to launch the system for commercial transportation in 2030. The project cost 4 billion yen ($35 million at the time).
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